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1 Why Junior Achievement?

2 Our Mission Our volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

3 The Need for Junior Achievement Teens are lacking financial confidence - JA USA and The Allstate Foundation survey: Just 56% of kids think they will be as financially well-off, or better off, than their parents. That's a huge plunge from 89% in Teens are not workforce ready 8 out of 10 IL jobs require more than a high school diploma, but only 29% of IL 9 th graders go on to obtain a 2 or 4 year degree 2 (1) 2012 JA USA/Allstate Foundation “Teens and Personal Finance” Survey (2) Advance Illinois Report, 2012

4 Benefits of JA Involvement Volunteers Be a mentor: nurture in kids the desire, confidence and skills needed to become a leader Hands-on, turn-key material: easy to understand and allows flexibility to personalize the program Bring real skills to the classroom: show kids the importance of making sound educational and financial decisions Long-term impact: Help kids build skills and values they need to have a successful future Students A memorable experience: Provides the opportunity for kids to meet role models they can aspire to be Valuable skills: Boosts business knowledge, improves problem-solving skills, and nurtures entrepreneurial spirit Education and the workplace: strengthens connection between education and future success Importance of education: reinforces staying in school and continuing education after high school

5 5 A Strong Record of Success The largest JA office: 431,281 students in with support of 13,000+ volunteers annually Goal: reach 445,000 students Educators trust us: overall JA program rating of 9.3 on 10 point scale Low cost model: only $14 to reach each student per year; no United Way or government funding

6 Our Proven Impact JA high school students are more likely to aspire to college & beyond The JA Difference - Kids in JA elementary school programs are stronger problem solvers than those who don’t experience JA - Middle school students boost their business knowledge

7 Get Involved, It's Simple! JA in a Day or Weekly Volunteer Involvement Volunteers receive Training (in- person, online, conf. call) Individual and Corporate Giving Opportunities Turn-key lesson plans Our Supporters: Since 1940, JA has been fortunate to be supported by many of Chicago’s most established leadership and organizations

8 JA in a Day: How it Works A one-day format from K – 8 th grade: Volunteers deliver a grade-specific program over a 4-5 hour period, covering all lessons in one day Equal outcomes for both delivery methods: JA's longitudinal studies indicate that the delivery method (JA in a Day or Weekly) does not comprise the student's learning. We provide training, lesson plans, and classrooms materials: volunteers will have to prepare for at least minutes prior to JA in a Day program date.

9 You can make a difference in the lives of Chicago area youth today! 1 Sign-up to Volunteer: Experience a rewarding, flexible volunteer experience 2 Contribute to JA and make a difference in the lives of Chicago area youth

10 Thank you for helping us help kids! Connect with us:


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