What People Say about JA…

Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help youth understand the economics of life.  In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential.  JA programs deal with real issues like workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship so that young people can not only understand their opportunities in life but can also take advantage of those opportunities.  Junior Achievement of East Tennessee reached more than 17,000 students this past school year and are planning on reaching even more during the coming year.  These programs are important and are setting students up for success but don’t just take it from us…

See what educators, students and donors have to say about JAET!  If you have had a great experience as well, we want to hear about it.  Email your JA story to callie@jaeasttennessee.org

“Thank you, you gave us this amazing opportunity.  I will be working at Clayton Investments.  I am 1,000,000 X 1,000,000,000 x infinity excited!  I am the CEO so I will have to keep up with everything going on in the business and will get paid two times at JA BizTown!” –  Dogwood Elem. 5th grader


“During the 2012-2013 school year, our fourth and fifth grade students had the remarkable opportunity to participate in the JA BizTown experience.  These students are demographically labeled at-risk; thus many of them did not have background knowledge about how businesses and the global economy operate.  However, once our students began learning the BizTown curriculum; we saw their interests across all subject areas increase tremendously.  This increase in interest was due to how JA BizTown makes learning about entrepreneurship fun and exciting.  Over the course of the classes, I witnessed the students thinking about the future and talking about what they wanted to be when they grow up.” –Dexter D. Murphy, Classroom Teacher   Click Here to Read More: Pond Gap BizTown Letter about JA BizTown® Experience

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“I worked at Phillips & Jordan construction.  The most fun thing we did there was install a CAT generator at the Pilot gas station.” –Kaylee, 5th grade student who attended JA BizTown.  Click Here to Read More: Phillips Jordan CAT Shop


Webb JA BizTown; Letter

“Junior Achievement means business!  We have seen concrete proof that this innovative opportunity had the potential to impact thousands of area students.  Your contribution is truly an investment in the future well-being of our community.”  –Joe Hollingsworth, CEO of The Hollingsworth Companies & Hollingsworth Foundation

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