Junior Achievement USA and our volunteers, donors, and other supporters are doing very important work. We are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Celebrating its 100th year, Junior Achievement is active in all 50 states with 109 JA Area Offices nationwide. Junior Achievement of Wisconsin is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and 86 percent of the dollars raised go towards programming. Locally in Racine and Kenosha Counties, with the assistance of 434 volunteers; our programming reached 5,768 students, in 270 classrooms, at 54 schools, clocking nearly 67,000 hours in the 2017-2018 school year.
As an organization that consistently receives high grades for accountability and transparency, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin was rated 4 of 4 stars by Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities in the United States.
Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. We are dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through hands-on programs. There are twenty-five unique volunteer-delivered grade and age-appropriate classroom programs offered for K-12. We also have two simulated communities in Milwaukee: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. Our programming is provided at no cost to the students and are funded by the generous support from individuals, businesses, and other organizations.
These programs help students understand that the education they are getting today will help them achieve a bright future tomorrow. The students realize they can choose different paths, whether that’s: attending college, entering a specific trade, or starting their own business.
We graciously ask our community support Junior Achievement.
Through your participation with JA as an organization or as an individual, you will impact the students in our community.
In fact, after Junior Achievement programs:
· 90% of the student participants are confident in managing their finances.
· 93% earn their high school diploma or GED
(which is 10% higher than the national average).
· JA alumni earn 20% more income as compared to the general population.
An individual donation of $25 supports 1 student. Your $10,000 donation supports JA programming for twenty classrooms, empowering area youth to own their economic success.
As mentioned earlier, our proven, life-changing programs are led by classroom volunteers. Volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals truly are the backbone of the organization. As an employer, volunteering for JA will empower your employees with quality, skills-based experiences in our community. Please see our VOLUNTEER opportunity tab for ways to donate your time.
We ask you to please consider partnering with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, as we all have a role to play in positively impacting young peoples’ lives in our community. Whether that be a gift of time, money, or something else, YOUR contribution WILL CREATE CHANGE in Racine County and the region will become a better place to live and work.
Please make your investment today in our workforce of tomorrow.
Your support makes a difference!
Thank you on behalf of area youth and your local Racine-Kenosha team,
Paula Herrmann, Area Director
Christalle Hamilton, Development Coordinator
Jessica Michaelis, Program Manager