Junior Achievement's Mission & Pillars

For 75 years, Junior Achievement of Chicago has been getting professionals like you — and companies like yours — into the inspiration business, by teaching school kids the real-world skills they need to succeed. We call it Take Your Work to Kids Day. And it happens every day, in classrooms all across Chicagoland. Learn More

All it takes is one day to open a child’s eyes to a possible future they never could have imagined. And the kids aren’t the only ones who go home inspired. The experience can be a great reminder to our volunteers of just what it is they love about what they do.


The price of a university education is steadily climbing, yet most teens don’t even understand basic personal finance.

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The number of jobs requiring postsecondary education is on the rise and an uncertain economy means our children need to be more prepared than ever before.



Employees increasingly value workplace entrepreneurship and unemployment rates are encouraging young people to become more entrepreneurial.

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JA schools by region

We reach students in schools across the city of Chicago and surrounding 12 Chicago area counties, including two in Northwest Indiana. LEARN MORE


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