Youth Development

Junior Achievement USA

  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • www.ja.org

Mission Statement

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Main Programs

  1. Junior Achievement has more than 20 programs for K-12 students as detailed below and at www.ja.org.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Junior Achievement USA serves more than 4.5 million K-12 students annually in 114 markets across the United States.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Mr. Jack E Kosakowski

Keywords

Self-reported

financial literacy, entrepreneurship, work readiness, free entreprise

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EIN

84-1267604

Physical Address

1 Education Way

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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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Junior Achievement reaches 10.6 million young people annually in 118 countries, empowering young people to own their economic success. Our experiential, kindergarten through high school programs in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness give young people the skills and confidence for success.

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

Junior Achievement has more than 20 programs for K-12 students as detailed below and at www.ja.org.

• Elementary
o JA Ourselves
o JA Our Families
o JA Our Community
o JA Our City
o JA More than Money
o JA Our Region
o JA Our Nation
o JA BizTown
• Middle School
o JA America Works
o JA Economics for Success
o JA Finance Park
o JA Global Marketplace
o JA It’s My Business!
o JA It’s My Future
• High School
o JA Be Entrepreneurial
o JA Career Success
o JA Company Program
o JA Finance Park
o JA Economics
o JA Exploring Economics
o JA Personal Finance
o JA Job Shadow
o JA Titan

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

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?
    Junior Achievement USA helps U.S. K-12 students learn and apply skills in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness to foster business growth and global competitiveness of the U.S. workforce. To this end, Junior Achievement USA has undertaken the following:

    1. Establish a comprehensive Digital Program/Learning Experience Content and Delivery Blueprint, known as the JA Education Gateway
    2. Redevelop four JA programs: JA Our City , JA Our Families , JA Job Shadow, JA Success Skills
    3. Pilot a digital volunteer delivery strategy that will bring volunteers to students through technology
    4. Update program correlations to State and Common Core Standards
    5. Publish position papers around youth, economic, and/or education development

    6. Collaboratively create and publish enhanced brand standard guidelines to assist JA Areas in
    consistent brand positioning
    7. Create and deliver new customized tools for 2013 that positively affect the brand and encourage high
    utility (i.e. video, print collateral, donor communications, message maps, email marketing templates)
    8. Collaboratively develop and release an integrated digital marketing and public relations program that
    includes local guidance, how to’s for social media and media outreach, including metrics

    9. Enhance technology infrastructure used to support JA student programs
    10. Research technology platforms for digital volunteer delivery, training, webinars and 24/7 on-demand,
    recorded training modules
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Junior Achievement’s Education Gateway will take Junior Achievement USA (JA) into the digital age by leveraging robust and relevant new technologies that can be accessed both inside and outside the classroom using computers, tablets and other electronic devices.

    By blending our current face-to-face approach with digital opportunities to access JA content, we can reach more students in more relevant ways that better accommodate students’ diverse learning styles and provide them with 21st century skills that will equip them to be successful in the global marketplace.

    The Education Gateway is a roadmap which outlines a bold new learning approach for JA which will be phased in over the next five years. The specific objective, which is the core of the organization’s strategic plan, is to design, develop and deploy a comprehensive content and delivery approach that meets the needs of 21st century learners and expands JA’s impact on students.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    A three-phase approach to implementing the JA Education Gateway was approved by Junior Achievement USA’s Board of Directors in June, 2013. However, work toward implementation will not take place until initial funding is secured.

    Over a 24-month period, phase one will focus on a redevelopment of the JA Company Program that will result in a modern, modular approach to Junior Achievement’s flagship experience. The blended-learning experiences included in the new JA Company Program will focus on entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurial thinkers among the students who participate in the program. The modular approach will allow for flexibility in program implementation based on the needs of students and the desired impact on
    their learning.

    Additionally, phase one will include:

    -The development of modular learning experiences in work readiness and financial literacy. Modular learning experiences will offer a blend of classroom materials, digital activities, seminars, and competitions.
    -Development and testing of digital volunteer opportunities that connect volunteers to students through virtual means.
    -Design and development of an online course as part of the blended-model delivery structure.
    -A volunteer-learning community will be developed that offers adult volunteers and
    educators training and support opportunities, best-practice sharing, networking, and
    additional content.
    -Increased support for JA Areas from Junior Achievement USA will be part of the process to ensure a smooth transition in using the new tools. This support will include training, follow-up resources, and dedicated staff.
    -A strong focus on evaluation of all initiatives in phase one to ensure that they are the best in class and to inform the work that will happen in phases two and three.

    Phase two and three, both 18 months in length, will be informed by phase one and will focus on replicating and scaling the blended learning approach being implemented in phase one.

    Shared Value: Education Gateway provides partners and students with collaborative opportunities to address societal needs and challenges while creating economic value for both the donor and JA.

    Engagement of Senior Leadership: Flexibility in technology-supported volunteering opportunities enhances executive engagement with donor Corporate Social Responsibility programs.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Long term, Junior Achievement aspires to leverage the Education Gateway to inspire and prepare an entrepreneurial workforce that is motivated to own their own economic success and to contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

    Short-term will evaluate the success of this transformational organizational imperative primarily by the increase in student impact, measured by both program efficacy and reach.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As of January 2014, Goals 1-10 listed above were completed.

    JA USA deployed the JA Education Gateway in July 2014 and is currently in the process of securing additional funding to build out new program offerings.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Junior Achievement USA serves more than 4.5 million K-12 students annually in 114 markets across the United States.

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Junior Achievement USA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Jack E Kosakowski

BIO

Junior Achievement is the world'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. Today, JA reaches 4.5 million students per year in 114 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 120 other countries. Kosakowski has total oversight of Junior Achievement in the United States. Starting as a student in the Junior Achievement program in Toledo, Ohio, he attended the University of Toledo on a Junior Achievement scholarship and has since served in a variety of staff positions with increasing levels of responsibility over the past 41 years. He was named President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA in 2007.  Kosakowski was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve a two-year term on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy in January 2008. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Achievement Foundation, is a member of the United States Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), and serves on the Council on Competitiveness’ Learn to Compete Commission. Kosakowski was also recently named a Trustee of America’s Promise Alliance.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Catherine S Brune

Allstate Insurance Company

Term: July 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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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?


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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?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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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
No
We use other methods to support diversity