Through relevant, authentic, and experiential financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs, Junior Achievement of Northern California is inspiring a generation to be financially capable and prepared for career success. With the help of volunteer role models, education and business partners, JA equips these young people with the tools to solve problems creatively, manage risk effectively, and welcome opportunity. Together we are building a bridge from the classroom to the boardroom.
In the most recent 2016-17 school year, JA of Northern California inspired and prepared over 83,000 young people to build an entrepreneurial mindset, develop financial and workplace skills, and begin their journey on the path toward financial capability and success. Volunteer role models from our business partners and community taught over 2,900 classes and provided more than 500,000 instructional hours .
Volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community, you help them make the connection between what they learn in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
Junior Achievement makes volunteering fun, fulfilling, and offers flexible scheduling options. Our curriculum provides everything you need to make participation in JA interactive and engaging for students.
For as little as an hour a week, you can make a difference in the lives of young people in your community. Your Junior Achievement experience will leave you feeling proud, energized, and hopeful about a brighter future.
JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.
The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supplement standard social studies curricula and develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world.
As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and foster skills that will be highly useful in the business world.
Since 1950, Junior Achievement of Northern California's mission has been to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement (JA) is the region's largest and fastest growing organization dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. Through age-appropriate curricula, our programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers. JA programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for additional key economic and workforce issues they will face in the future.
Junior Achievement of Northern California
3003 Oak Rd. Ste 109, Walnut Creek, CA 94597
P: (925) 465-1068