Who We Are

Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We believe every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy.

Our goal is to 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.

In learning these lessons, and putting them into quantifiable action, our students become intimately familiar with economics and finances. They become better prepared to assume their role in the practical world of work and responsible citizenship.

The Organization

Junior Achievement of Arizona has been educating K-12 students about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy since 1957. We have offices in Tempe and Tucson, and this year we will engage over 90,000 students in Junior Achievement of Arizona programs.

If you agree that Arizona’s economic success is wholly dependent on an educated workforce, we invite you to become involved with Junior Achievement of Arizona and help us prepare our children for a bright and rewarding future.

Our Mission and Our Vision

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

To be recognized by businesses, educators and policy makers around the world as the premier organization for inspiring and preparing young people to become successful, contributing members of the global society; and for uniting people of all nations around the common goals of creating jobs, building stable economies, and providing higher standards of living.

Our Core Values:

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

We are a member of Junior Achievement USA, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Click here to learn more about the Junior Achievement USA.

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