Junior Achievement

  • Economic Mobility
  • Project-based Learning
  • Talent Development

Website
http://www.juniorachievement.org

Primary Contact
Jennifer Burk
President and CEO
Contact via email

Mission statement

Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit that exists to empower young people to own their future success. JA is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, and help strengthen their communities. In central Indiana, JA provides in school education program to grades K-12 as well as experiential capstone programs such as JA BizTown and Finance Park Virtual, which enforces the idea that kids learn by “doing”.

Actions

Actions are activities derived from the Plan 2020 planning process that a partner has committed to implement.

Junior Achievement is working on the following actions:

Economic Mobility

Strategy

Expand the number of youth participating in career preparation opportunities to increase the likelihood they will be knowledgeable about and prepared to pursue high quality post-secondary opportunities leading to career pathways.

Action

Work in partnership with Marion County schools to introduce the Junior Achievement Career Readiness Curriculum to ask many students in Marion County schools as possible

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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Status on February 16, 2017
Project-based Learning

Strategy

Create systematic and innovative practices in service learning and curricular engagement.

Action

Identify the partners with IPS and township school districts for implementation of the project-based learning curriculum K-12

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

90%

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Partners have been identified, but the need may arise to identify more or different partners over the life of the plan.
Project-based Learning

Strategy

Create systematic and innovative practices in service learning and curricular engagement.

Action

Develop a curriculum with deliverables that are mapped out for K-12 and work with Public School District Superintendents and leaders to integrate

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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This is a on-going initiative, and JA will continue to work with educators to keep curriculum relevant, and to enhance curriculum where needed.
Project-based Learning

Strategy

Create systematic and innovative practices in service learning and curricular engagement.

Action

Complete a compelling message and strong communication plan regarding benefits of Junior Achievement’s Work Readiness Curriculum

Start Date:

January 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

50%

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JA has an excellent communications and social media team that works with outside consultants when needed.

Affiliate Projects

Affiliate projects are independent projects that are significantly aligned with the strategies of The Bicentennial Plan, and while not derived directly from the Plan 2020 planning process, have been accepted as mutually reinforcing activities.

Junior Achievement is working on the following projects:

Project-based Learning

JA JobSpark

http://www.jajobspark.org/

JA JobSpark is a hands-on two-day career expo for all Marion County 8th graders.  The event is meant to “spark” an interest in students and get them excited for their future. Students learn about the skills needed for jobs that will be in demand when they graduate, while utilizing equipment that is used on those jobs daily.  After the event, students have a better understanding of the courses they will need to take in high school, a track for post-secondary and a clear career pathway for what they find they are interested in.