Junior Achievement - Arkansas


The Chamber Education Committee is proud to announce a partnership with Junior Achievement –Arkansas. The initial program will begin in April and will work with high school sophomores to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills. JA volunteers come from all areas of business, community, civic and social backgrounds. Volunteers are asked to commit one hour a week for six weeks to spend in a classroom working with students on a planned curriculum. Volunteers are provided all materials and trained to present each session easily.

If you are interested in participating in this life-changing program, or would like more information, please contact Krista Khone, kkhone@bbvchamber.com.

Find out more about the Success Skills of the Program here.  

Junior Achievement of Arkansas Fact Sheet

What is JA of Arkansas?
Junior Achievement (JA) of Arkansas is an innovator in empowering young people to own their future economic success in the 21st-century global market. JAA focuses on the impact areas of youth, education and economic development. JA of Arkansas’ volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big, reach their potential, and contribute to the vitality of their local communities and the world economy.



JA of Arkansas’ purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Program Reach

JAA reached 10,575 students last year in 423 classrooms and after school locations. JA Worldwide touched over nine million students in 123 countries.



JA of Arkansas’ 536 classroom volunteers around the state come from all walks of life and include business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.

Proven Success

JA is one of few non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA’s effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas:


·         Teachers (95%) and volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.

·         The majority of students (79%) agreed that JA positively influenced their attitudes toward continuing their education.

·         Most students reported that JA made the transition to college easier and provided them information that was relevant.

A Brief History

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Hoarce Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after school basis. JA of Arkansas was founded in 1987. Since then, we have reached over 183,000 students statewide and are continuing to grow! In 2011, JAA will provide economic education programs to 530 schools in Arkansas.


Organization Overview

JA Worldwide is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Headquarters office provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to approximately 3,300 employees worldwide. In Arkansas, JA Arkansas’s office is located in Little Rock with volunteer boards in the central, north central and northwest parts of the state.


For addtional information visit www.ja.org.

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