Youth Development

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc.

  • Lake Jackson, TX
  • www.ja-brazoriacounty.org

Mission Statement

We are the passionate people behind a movement that seeks to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, economics, and financial literacy to improve the quality of their lives.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Elementary School programs
  3. Middle Grade Programs
  4. High School Programs
Service Areas

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Texas

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc. Serves Brazoria County including" 8 public school districts from north of Beltway 8 to the Gulf of Mexico in the South, and from Galveston county Line in the East to Matagorda County in the West. This area encompases parts of South Houston and Sugar Land. Programs are also available for boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA's, private schools and other youth oriented groups.

ruling year

1994

President since 2005

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Ms. Kimberly S Effenberger

Keywords

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education, business, enterprise

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EIN

74-1489786

 Number

2202417073

Physical Address

225 Parking Way

Lake Jackson, TX 77566

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Chairman’s Message
 
Junior Achievement has been educating and inspiring youth to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives for over 58 years in Brazoria County. Over 312,000 students have gone through JA of Brazoria County programs during this half century. This year over 300 volunteers presented JA programs to more than 6,700 students in grades K-12. JA of Brazoria County also provided six students with scholarships to further their education.

JA programs were taught in Alvin, Angleton, Brazosport, Columbia-Brazoria, Danbury, Pearland and Sweeny ISDs. JA also offered after-school programs and programs to private school students. A big thanks goes to Phillips 66 and Kinder Morgan for sponsoring programs at Sweeny ISD, the Dow Chemical Company for sponsoring programs at Lanier Middle School and Clute Intermediate, BASF for providing the most volunteers for Ney Elementary School in Lake Jackson, Brazosport Rotary for providing programs for Brazosport ISD, and Woodforest National Bank for providing funding for Alvin area programs.

Today’s JA programs correlate with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The programs emphasize business, ethics, economics, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, the importance of staying in school and preparation for the world of work. Volunteer consultants from businesses and the community share their practical experiences with students, allowing the students to better understand the everyday world of business.  To further emphasize JA’s mission, JA honors four community individuals by inducting them into the Brazoria County Business Hall of Fame. These individuals exemplify the principles of Free Enterprise and, through their leadership and efforts, have made our community a better place to live.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, we wish to congratulate the Laureates, scholarship recipients, outstanding volunteers, and the teacher and volunteer of the year. Thanks also to our supporters for allowing us the opportunity to provide JA programs to Brazoria County youth.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they'll face.

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Program 2

Elementary School programs

For students in kindergarten through fifth-grade, the Elementary School programs teach basic concepts of business and economics. The Ourselves®, Our Families®, Our Community®, Our City®, Our Region® and Our Nation® program activities work to change kids' lives by helping them understand business and economics. The sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, build on lessons and learning standards across the school curriculum and from each preceding grade.


Through these foundation programs, students learn about their roles as individuals, consumers, and workers and they discover their individual economic roles and the roles of their families in the local economy. They also learn about responsibilities and opportunities within their economic community while they explore economic development, local businesses, and career opportunities. To help students expand their knowledge beyond the local economy, they learn about state and regional economies, businesses and economic resources, and business operations and economic issues in the United States.


Junior Achievement's Elementary School programs also provide an experiential learning program called JA Dollars & Sense™. Through JA Dollars & Sense, students learn to manage their own personal budget, learn about starting their own business, bartering sharing and earning their own way.

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Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 3

Middle Grade Programs

For middle school students, practical problem-solving activities help these sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade students develop the skills and attitudes they need for success. By reinforcing concepts and confidence, students use their creativity and critical thinking skills to explore various aspects of business through activities that reinforce economic concepts taught in social studies, career, and life skills electives. More specifically, the middle school programs include:


* JA America Works™ provides students with examples of how business and entrepreneurship affected the economic development of the United States during the 19th century.


* JA Economics for Success™ explores personal finance and students' education and career options based on their skills, interests, and values. Also, demonstrates the economic benefit of staying in school.


* JA Global Marketplace™ provides practical information about the global economy, and how its effects on students' lives.


* JA It's My Business™ encompasses entrepreneurship curriculum for students in grades six, seven, and eight. The program emphasizes entrepreneurship while providing a strong focus on social studies, reading, and writing skills. Students are encouraged to use critical thinking to learn entrepreneurial skills that support positive attitudes as they explore and enhance their career aspirations.
* JA It's My Future™ JA It’s My Future provides practical information about preparing for the working world. Students learn about career clusters, high-growth jobs, career planning, and creating a personal brand. And, through a scavenger hunt, they are introduced to the basic aspects of job hunting.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 4

High School Programs

To bring high school students into the world of business experience and to help them take the next step into undergraduate academic programs or the working world, Junior Achievement's high school programs offer practice skills. These programs include:


* JA Banks in Action™ teaches high school students the principles of the banking industry and exposes them to challenge of successfully operating a bank in a competitive environment.


* JA Economics™ examines the fundamental concepts of micro-, macro-, and international economics.


* JA Personal Finance™ helps students make informed decisions about the effective use of income to reach personal finance goals.


* JA Success Skills™ develops students' interpersonal effectiveness and problem-solving skills necessary for the workplace.


* JA Titan™ introduces critical economics and management decisions through an interactive simulation.


* JA Company Program™ analyzes and explores personal opportunities and responsibilities within a student-led company.


* JA Careers with a Purpose™ introduces students to careers that will help them fulfill their life purpose.


* JA Job Shadow™ introduces students to careers through one-day, on-site orientations in the workplace. In-school, teacher-led activities; pre- and post-on-site experience.


* JA Be Entrepreneurial™ designed to help teenagers start their own business based on their skills and interests.


Excellence Through Ethics

To help students gain knowledge and information regarding ethics in business, the Junior Achievement Excellence Through Ethics supplement offers special activities, beginning with the fourth-grade Our Region program. The activities reinforce students' knowledge and skills, teach them ethics, assist them in learning to think critically, and help them to be better problem-solvers. The learning is hands-on, interactive, and group-focused to provide students with the best instructional methods. These supplemental activities support the desire of business men and women to help restore trust in business, confidence in the capital markets and faith in the business community.

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Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    JA's goal is to impact the lives of tomorrow's workforce by providing a connection between what is learned in school and the real world. JA programs are designed to bridge the gap between education and reaching career goals.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    JA places a significant focus on economically disadvantaged schools and communities and strives to provide programs where the need is the greatest. Last year, approximately 68% of JABC’s participants were considered economically disadvantaged based on their participation in the free/reduced lunch program (source: Texas Education Agency).
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    JA of Brazoria County delivers volunteer led hands on experiential learning programs to students. These age appropriate programs are developed nationally by Junior Achievement USA. These programs focus on the three pillars of JA: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    JA alumni are capable of setting education and career goals and attaining such goals. It is JA's primary focus to prepare a more capable workforce of tomorrow which in turn enriches the community.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    By building lasting relationships with corporate, foundation and individual donors, Junior Achievement of Brazoria County has sustained impact of its meaningful programs for many years. As students complete JA programs they are given the tools needed to set education and career goals and in turn become self-supporting, contributing members of the community.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Texas

Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc. Serves Brazoria County including" 8 public school districts from north of Beltway 8 to the Gulf of Mexico in the South, and from Galveston county Line in the East to Matagorda County in the West. This area encompases parts of South Houston and Sugar Land. Programs are also available for boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA's, private schools and other youth oriented groups.

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Financials

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Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Junior Achievement of Brazoria County, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Ms. Kimberly S Effenberger

BIO

Kimberly Setzer Effenberger is a non-profit professional who received her Bachelors of Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing and Management from Southwest Texas State University. Kim is also a Certified Grant Specialist. She currently serves as President of Junior Achievement of Brazoria County and formerly Executive Director of Matagorda County United Way. Kim has been instrumental in obtaining nationwide recognition at her time with both United Way and Junior Achievement. Under her management, JA was the 2012 PEAK Performance Award winner for JA’s Nationwide and has obtained Silver Summit Award level for the first time in the organizations 57 year history. She has also been named to Cambridge Who’s Who among Executive & Professional Women.

Kim is active in the community and has served as a FEMA trained volunteer, a member of the Pearland Finance Academy, United Way Financial Literacy Council, Angleton & Brazosport Chambers, Alvin-Manvel Youth Round Table, Brazosport Rotary, Sweeny ISD District Planning Committee, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Global Association of Teachers of Economics, a Grant Reviewer for several organizations, American Business Women’s Association, Association of Builders & Contractors, Economic Alliance of Brazoria County.

Kim is the mother of 4, three college graduates and a 15 year old. She resides in Sweeny.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Anne Allstott

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Volunteers.
Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members and Volunteers.
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Volunteers and Board members are accepted through all races, genders and disabilities. Anyone seeking to be a part of JA is accepted.