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Junior Achievement of Chicago

  • Junior Achievement of Chicago
  • 651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 404
  • Chicago, IL 60661

Program Description

Junior Achievement of Chicago is an educational nonprofit bringing financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs into classrooms from kindergarten through high school. JA of Chicago is the largest JA office of more than 120 area offices in the United States and will reach an all-time high of 515,000 students during the 2014-2015 school year.

We give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world -- enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • Community service/service hours
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 130872
  • Middle School: 109074
  • Elementary School: 244293
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0


  • Less than 25%