Junior Achievement of East Texas

Information for Educators

  • Eighty-one percent of educators agree that JA is effective in helping to prepare youth for future leadership and success.
  • Nationwide, 94 percent of teachers indicate that they would recommend JA to a colleague.
  • The majority of teachers surveyed say JA programs align with state and federal academic standards.

What is JA?

JA of East Texas is a youth development organization that provides students with hands-on classroom instruction focused on work and college readiness, financial literacy, and drop-out prevention.  Since 1981, JA has been promoting business education through in-school programs in the East Texas area. 

The impact is measurable! Students who participate in JA programs demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business concepts, particularly those who participate in programs at consecutive grade levels, according to independent evaluators.

Why Junior Achievement in the Classroom?

Junior Achievement's unique delivery system provides the training, materials, and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. At your invitation, we help arrange for business people and local community leaders to visit your classroom a few times or throughout the semester.  They volunteer to share their workforce experience with your students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing your classroom curricula.

All JA curriculum ties directly to the current Texas standards for education.  JA correlates to areas of study including socials studies, language arts, reading, and mathematics.  Programs also have a strong emphasis on financial literacy and economic education.

See how JA programs correlate to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

How to get JA in your Classroom!

For more information about how to bring JA to your school, contact Lynne Henderson, President at lynne@jaeasttexas.org.