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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Also Known As

Junior Achievement USA

EIN

84-1267604

 Number

5089470939

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

Self-reported by organization

The purpose of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people for success. Junior Achievement does this by using proven programs delivered by nearly a quarter-million volunteers to 4.8 million students in grades K through 12. evaluations show that JA's programs and deliver model improves students' knowledge of and attitude towards behaviors associated with effective money management, career success and satisfaction and willingness to take on entrepreneurial endeavors.

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

Self-reported by organization

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 blended learning model integrating in-person delivery with digital assets.
    2. Redevelop four JA programs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels on an ongoing basis.
    3. Adopt and promote a scientifically valid evaluation model tied to measuring behavioral outcomes.
    4. Update program correlations to State and Common Core Standards on an annual basis.
    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 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. Incorporate marketing automation technologies into our outreach efforts.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Junior Achievement is supporting its blended learning transformation through the support of its Share the American Dream campaign. This five-year, $25 million campaign allows JA to invest in the technology and expertise necessary to grow the organization's reach and effectively measure its impact. JA has just completed year 3 of this campaign and its ahead of schedule for its successful completion.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Junior Achievement tied its 5-year Share the American Dream campaign to three stages of the digital transformation effort. As funding has been secured, the stages have been implemented. The organization has completed the first two stages, which included initial program development, and is entering stage three...training and implementation models to support the sustainability and long-term outcomes of the blended learning model.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Key Performance Indicators (KPI) include:
    - Internal surveys of key JA stakeholders to ensure progress is being made at both the national and local level toward organizational goals.
    - Ongoing responsible and transparent fiscal management of the organization.
    - Current measurement of program growth and impact using Blackbaud CRM to gather and assess data.
    - Evaluation of program impact using scientifically valid models.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    As of April 2017, the organization is on-track to meet or exceed the fundraising goals for the Share the American Dream Campaign. The organization is on-schedule for the full implementation of all blended learning programs by 2019. Internal surveys indicate favorable progress. Adoption of Blackbaud CRM is occurring throughout the JA network. JA is now using standardized evaluation models for all of its programs and these evaluations are demonstrating positive impact on students.
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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Financials

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

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT USA

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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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
Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

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