Incorporated in 1949, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana’s programs teach financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA’s age-appropriate classroom and experiential programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can influence the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. The learning continues through the middle and high school grades, as students prepare for the economic and workforce issues they will face in the future.
Many adults remember the after-school JA Company Program of the past, when volunteer mentors guided students to start and run their own businesses selling everything from picture frames, wreaths to lamps based with repurposed electric meters. JA volunteers entered the classroom in 1975 and has since broadened its scope to include a full K-12 blended learning curriculum.
In 2004, with game-changing leadership gifts from James W. Robinson, J. P. Morgan Chase and Sam Swope Auto Group, JA brought the experiential learning programs, JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® to Kentuckiana. These programs, adopted by the major local school districts, brought exponential growth to the organization.
JA has made the commitment to serve all students in the region ﬁve times in their school careers. JA uses classroom lessons taught by volunteers and teachers, as well as hands-on experiences at Sam Swope JA BizTown®, Chase JA Finance Park® and JA Inspire® to help young people understand the economics of life.