Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
Founded locally in 1969, Junior Achievement of East Tennessee’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy and ensure that every child throughout East Tennessee has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. More directly, JA works to educate young people to value business and economics in an effort to improve the quality of their lives. Through 22 experiential & hands-on programs we help give students the skills and knowledge needed to enter the workforce and manage their own finances. Many of our programs also teach students about the entrepreneurially mindset that they can use in any career field or in starting their own business. Last year Junior Achievement served 19,393 students in grades K-12 across East Tennessee – more than 4,000 students in Anderson County participated in a JA program last school year.
Junior Achievement is a volunteer driven organization, partnering with local businesses to connect the real world to the classroom. Junior Achievement volunteers lead structured activities and discussions on work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills that impact students through building self-confidence, developing skills and finding avenues of success, offering encouragement, and imparting real-life experiences.
Junior Achievement of East Tennessee enjoys collaborating on projects and staying connected to the community through opportunities provided by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce. We have benefited from our partnership with the chamber by gaining access to community partners and the opportunity to be engaged in helping build a future local workforce to compete in a global market. There are always volunteer opportunities at JA BizTown or in a local classroom as well as event and program sponsorships – contact Callie Archer to discuss how you can get involved and invest in the local workforce firstname.lastname@example.org 865-457-2461!