Now more than ever, students need an educational experience that gives them confidence about their future and skills to succeed in the global economy.

impactJunior Achievement of Chicago is the largest JA office of more than 120 area offices in the United States and reached an all-time high of 484,239 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Junior Achievement brings financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs into classrooms from kindergarten through high school. Junior Achievement of Chicago is the largest JA office of more than 120 area offices in the United States and reached an all-time high of 484,239 students during the 2013-2014 school year.


JA programs show students the value of an education, bridge the gap of what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equip them with the skills and tools they need to be more successful in school and their future careers. Our programs prepare students to proactively manage their finances, become entrepreneurs, and develop skills that will be recognized and valuable in a global workforce.


Financial Literacy

University education price tag steadily climbing, while most teens do not understand basic personal finance.

Work Readiness

Uncertain economy and number of jobs requiring post secondary education is on the rise.


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

Junior Achievement Evaluation Results

78816900 (1)Survey results prove that JA, at all levels, is preparing students to develop successful financial management habits, empowering them to explore the potential of becoming an entrepreneur, and providing them the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy.

Elementary School Program – Sequential Curricula Pays Off

External evaluators found that elementary school students who participate in JA demonstrate significantly higher critical thinking and problem-solving skills than their counterparts.

Educators value JA programs …

  • Teachers (95%) and volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.
  • Both teachers and volunteers agree that JA students work together better as a team and are more capable of making group responses.

Middle Grades Programs – A History of Performance

  • The majority of middle school students (71%) reported that JA helped them recognize the importance of education and motivated them to work harder to achieve educational and work goals.
  • Middle school students understand more about personal finance, business, and economic concepts after participating in JA programs.

High School Programs – JA Students Have the Competitive Advantage

  • The majority of students (79%) agreed that JA positively influenced their attitudes toward continuing their education.
  • JA students were more likely than students in general to matriculate to college immediately after high school (77% versus 69%).
  • Most students reported that JA made the transition to college easier, encouraged them to work hard, and provided them information that was relevant.