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Junior Achievement is a non-profit youth organization founded in 1919 by Horace Moses, Theodore Vail, and the late senator Murray Crane. It focuses on education of the free enterprise system. Junior Achievement began as a collection of small, after-school business clubs for students on the East Coast of the United Statesmarker.

Junior Achievement's global headquarters is located in Colorado Springs, Coloradomarker. The organization merged its U.S. and international operations in 2004, and currently reaches nine million youth in 123 countries.

Junior Achievement's programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, and teach young people important skills to help them become economically empowered. JA students learn how to start and grow a business, how to successfully contribute in the workplace, and how to effectively manage the money they earn. JA programs teach kids "21st Century" skills such as leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking, and helps students make the transition from school to the business world.


JA Worldwide was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program,was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project BusinessSM for the middle grades. During the past 30 years, JA Worldwide has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students in grades K–12.


Junior Achievement develops and maintains programs for children of all ages. The curriculum for each program is developed and maintained by a team of educational professionals. Both in-school and after-school JA programs are taught by community volunteers.


  • Ourselves
  • Our Families
  • Our Community
  • Our City
  • Our Region
  • Our Nation
  • JA More than Money
  • Biz Kid$
  • JA BizTown
  • Scope and Sequence

Middle Grades

  • JA America Works
  • JA Economics for Success
  • JA Finance Park
  • JA Global Marketplace
  • JA It's My Business!
  • JA's Biz Kid$
  • Scope and Sequence

High School

  • JA Banks in Action
  • JA Business Ethics
  • JA Careers with a Purpose
  • JA Company Program
  • JA Economics
  • JA Exploring Economics
  • JA Titan
  • The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
  • JA Success Skills
  • JA Job Shadow
  • FOME
  • MMBiz: My Money Business
  • YE Cambridge University Exam
  • Hewlett Packard Global Business Challenge
  • Scope and Sequence

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