About JA

Turning Dreams Into Reality

Our children start out full of hope, with grand plans for their futures...“I’m going to be an engineer... I want to be an artist ... I plan to open a restaurant.”

At JA, it is our job to inspire this sense of hope and give young people the tools they need to act on their dreams. We provide a wide array of in-classroom, after-school and “in-a-day” workshops for K-12th grade students focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and workforce readiness. We also offer build-a-product/build-a-business workshops and job shadow experiences for high school students.
“The concepts are exactly aligned to the California State Standards — we have to cover these and JA does.”
—Local Teacher

Serving Sacramento Area Students
Last year, we served 12,717students. Over 759 volunteers conducted 505 classes in more than 34 schools, 22 of which are classified as Title 1 (serving socio-economically disadvantaged youth). All JA programs are provided to all students free of charge. 

Programs consist of 5-12 sessions per class, using curriculum developed by leading educators and taught by volunteers from the business community. Volunteers are trained on this curriculum, and work directly with teachers to augment the subject matter with real life examples and experiences. 

Life Skills Initiative

During the next 5 years, our primary objective will be to equip the young people with the skills, confidence and motivation they need to successfully transition to self-reliant adulthood. 

To do this, we are embarking on a multi-year “Life Skills Initiative.” Our goal is to dramatically expand the number of students approaching adulthood (ages 14-18) who exit the education system hopeful for their futures, ready for work, and prepared to manage themselves financially. Focused on personal financial management and job skills development, this initiative is designed to impact root cause- helping end the cycle of poverty in our community. Research shows that increasing the number and proportion of people living in a community who are prepared and motivated to enter the workforce and contribute positively to the economy throughout their lifetime results in a healthier economy, a safer community and better odds that the next generation of young people will be similarly self-reliant.