Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving students from kindergarten to high school the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.  Founded in 1919, JA currently reaches more than 4.8 million students per year across the United States.

Junior Achievement of Utah was established in 1956 to educate Utah’s students in 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. JA of Utah reaches students with three distinct approaches:

In-class programs for grades K-12.

Spencer F. Eccles Junior Achievement City (JA City), our experiential learning center offered to 5th and 8th grade students.

Our STEM and Career initiative, which increases student exposure to STEM concepts and careers.

With nearly 85,000 Utah students were reached during the 2016-2017 school year through our innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, JA of Utah helps young people understand the connection between what they’re learning in school and how it applies to their lives in the real world.  JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence and JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes in a way that results in students’ increased self-confidence.  The JA experience helps students better understand the importance of school as a means to becoming successful adults and prepares them for realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the global marketplace.