About Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada

Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Inc. was founded locally in 1996. Our current local programs span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula. At the elementary level, students learn about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers while focusing on key life skills like the importance of saving, and the difference between wants and needs. Middle and high school students learn about key economic principals, workforce issues they will face, personal budgeting and credit.

Our Impact in the Community

Today Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada reaches over 20,000 students annually throughout Clark County. Since being founded in 1996, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada has impacted more than 330,000 students with practical hands-on financial literacy curriculum. These programs have been delivered by more the 285 area businesses and over 6,800 business role models.

How We Got Started

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.

Early Junior Achievement Clubs (Exhibits 1920’s)

Proven Success

Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement’s effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Purpose & Values

Junior Achievement’s Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The envisioned future – what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students – guided by our core values:

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people.
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship.
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it.
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals.
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning.

From our values, we articulate our purpose and vision, comprised of our core ideology.

Empowering young people to their own economic success. It’s not an easy task. But it’s the kind of challenge that JA takes on with creative energy, fervor, and decisive action.

We invite you to take up the challenge with us. Get involved today!