Empowering Young People to Own Their Economic SuccessJANJ’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real world relationships with business, government, and education partners that can help them develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Our innovative hands-on
curriculum – provided at no cost to schools, students, or their families – emphasizes real world learning experiences, and motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models committed to investing in their future.
A well-known leader in the field of financial literacy, career readiness, and economic education, JANJ is recognized by the NJ Department of Education, NJ Business & Industry Association, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development, NJ State Employment and Training Commission, and the office of the Lieutenant Governor.
During the 2014-2015 school year, JANJ reached 57,502 students statewide through a dedicated network of 4,000+ corporate and community volunteers. Established in 1953, JANJ is one of 115 affiliates of JA USA,whose reach extends to 4.6 million+ students nationwide and 10 million+ worldwide.
ProgramsJunior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the business of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work. These programs are provided to schools at no cost.
The JA Curriculum and Our VolunteersWe are a global leader in providing cutting-edge, hands-on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness education. By focusing on education, economic and youth development, our programs contribute to the vitality of our community and the availability of a well-educated workforce.
Our comprehensive curriculum, developed in partnership with educators, reinforces and supplements NJ’s core curriculum standards from kindergarten through high school. JA’s programs are delivered by trained corporate and community volunteers who share their skills and personal and professional experiences to make learning come to life. Everything needed to teach the program is provided to our volunteers who bring the lessons to life through engaging hands-on activities.
Value of Partnering with Junior AchievementJunior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to approximately 1,500 employees throughout the United States. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. JA of New Jersey (JANJ) is governed by a state board, which includes statewide executives as well as representatives from three regional district boards, North, Central and South Jersey.
- Enhances employee development
- Provides community-based school partnerships
- Creates community visibility
- Matches dollars to volunteer efforts
- Exhibits investment in future workforce
- Upholds corporate citizenship and ethical standards
- Supplements curriculum at no costs to the schools
- Enhances and correlates with the New Jersey core curriculum content standards such as social studies, math and reading
- Enriches students learning through volunteer networks
- Brings outside perspectives into the classroom through positive role models
- Bridges education and business
For more information on the programs JANJ offers:
Elementary School Programs
Middle School Programs
High School Programs