Junior Achievement has been inspiring and preparing youth to own their future for nearly 100 years. Junior Achievement is a non-profit, educational organization delivering programs to youth from grades K-12, focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career exploration/readiness.
Young people like Jessika, who told a group of MA state legislators “I feel it is extremely important to start teaching students about financial literacy at a very young age. I first learned about budgeting, saving and investing when I joined Junior Achievement. I also had the opportunity to teach younger students about money and savings, and the difference between wants and needs. Today I am asking our legislators to support financial literacy education and implement standards and objectives on personal finance to equip students with the knowledge they need to be self-supporting.”
I know first hand that Junior Achievement can be life changing. I had the opportunity to participate in JA in high school and it changed my life. JA helped me develop self-confidence and skills that have carried me through life. As President of JA of Western MA, it is my job to provide the same life-changing opportunities for today's youth, like Jessika. But I can't do it alone, I need the support of the community- both financially and as volunteers, working with the youth and showing them what their future can be.