During the 2015-2016 school year, JA of Chicago successfully reached 554,742 students of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds and physical capabilities, including at-risk youth in twelve Chicago-area and northwestern Indiana counties.


JA of Chicago has become the largest JA Area Office, reaching nearly twice as students annually than any other JA office in the United States (554,742) focusing substantial resources on at-risk students (68%), and maintaining our low cost per student at $12.06 per student last year. View our 2016 Annual Report here and download media tools here to spread the word about JA!


impactJunior Achievement Evaluation Results

JA programs show students the value of an education, bridge the gap of what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equip them with the skills and tools they need to be more successful in school and their future careers.

Our programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.


A 2014 survey of JA alumni found that:

  • 88% alumni are confident they have the ability to manage their personal finances effectively, compared to 71% of non-JA students
  • 95% of alumni feel confident in job interviews, compared to only 76% of non-JA students
  • 92% of alumni feel they could compete successfully in a business environment, compared to 45% of non-JA students


Since 1993, research has shown that even a single exposure to Junior Achievement makes a difference – students who participate in JA have a greater comprehension of economic concepts and skills than their non-participating peers.

Among their other findings, research has confirmed that JA:

  • Encourages students to become entrepreneurs
  • Helps students understand the importance of staying in school and improves attendance
  • Helps students outperform traditional economics students in all areas