To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement (JA) is the oldest, largest and fastest-growing nonprofit economics education program throughout the world. JA teaches students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, money management, how to be responsible consumers, workers and citizens, and provides them with the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. JA empowers students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world, thereby enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Our relevant, experiential programs are offered free of charge to schools and align with national and local curriculum standards. JA partners with more than 7,000 volunteers each year, mostly business professionals, to teach our curriculum to local students. Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest impacts more than 150,000 students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin every school year.