Junior Achievement’s curriculum has the potential to break down economic barriers, increase employment opportunities and advance financial well-being. With 20.3% of our population living below the poverty line, 13.1% above the national average, JA positively impacts these numbers for a stronger economy and better-prepared workforce.
We primarily serve low-income Hispanic students where families pay higher prices than higher-income households for nearly every basic necessity. JA tools create solutions to eradicate generational poverty in our community because financial ignorance is too great a cost.
Before COVID-19, 78% of Americans were living paycheck-to-paycheck versus now having no paycheck at all. JA prioritizes financial literacy so in times of need our alumni will be able to weather the next unexpected crisis. Brookings Economic Studies released a financial literacy review stating that the lack of basic financial knowledge and skills among youth today is of national concern. JA teaches them to own their economic success.
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