Junior Achievement (JA) responded immediately to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to respond with materials made available virtually to education partners and parents struggling to give their kids direction at home. Program delivery can be achieved in:

  • Face-to-Face Facilitation (Teacher or Volunteer Led)
  • Remote Classrooms (Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom)
  • Self-Guided Learning (Pre-recorded Facilitation Videos)
  • At-Home Resources (Web Based Learning Materials)

And, we are experiencing success! One of our first-grade teachers noted, “this is great, it fits my curriculum plan perfectly.” And we have heard directly from parents, “the JA online programming is a success. After his first lesson, my kindergartener has been talking about good and bad choices all afternoon.”

Junior Achievement’s proven programs are shown to inspire and prepare young people for success, even in challenging times. JA’s program curricula are aligned to Michigan education standard while supporting life and career skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

According to a recent survey by Ipsos, 4-in-5 JA Alumni credit Junior Achievement for:

–     Influencing their decisions about further education

–     Impacting their professional and personal development

–     Affecting their self-confidence and belief-in-self

–     Motivating them to succeed professionally


–     51 percent of say they have worked in the same job or career as their JA volunteer

–     45 percent say JA influenced their work ethic

–     38 percent say JA influenced their career decision

The research also shows that JA alumni are more likely to finish college, start a business, and have confidence in managing money.

We realize these are challenging times for educators with many urgent priorities. JA is providing an abundance of delivery options for the 2020-2021 school year.  For more information on how to implement on-line or traditional JA programming in your school system during the 2020-2021 school year, please contact your local JA Area:

Michigan Edge: Connie Poisson, President / https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-michiganedge

Michigan Great Lakes: Bill Coderre, President / https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-mgl/

Mid-Michigan: Mike Rush, President / https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-midmichigan/

Southeastern Michigan: Jason Lee, President / http://www.jamichigan.org/