It’s not just another day in the classroom, it’s a glimpse into a future.
For more than 100 years, Junior Achievement has provided authentic experiential programs that expand economic opportunity for all students K-12.
A passionate community collective comes together as role models, partners, and volunteer mentors to challenge the status quo. This group, along with JA's professional staff, shapes our innovative, hands-on approach.
For those who want to equip, educate and empower young people (K-12), Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is the experienced, committed partner with nationally developed programs. These programs include basic economics and financial literacy, offering a simulated introduction to real-world concepts, combining the ability to uniquely integrate interactive learning with real-world education.
Our loyal volunteers, donors, and stakeholders work together to blend experiential learning with classroom learning to foster an engaging, interactive experience. This gives our young people the skills and confidence they need for a successful future. Not just for themselves, but for the community as a whole.
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of Americas 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-house and after-school students.
In 1945 W. R. Archer, a Houston businessman brought Junior Achievement to Southeast Texas. For more than 75 years, Junior Achievement has been equipping area children with the workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship skills they will need to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is headquartered in Houston, TX. JA of Southeast Texas serves students in greater Houston, Bryan/College Station, Central Texas, the Golden Triangle, and Southwest Louisiana.
Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas is part of Junior Achievement USA, which is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office.
Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work, career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. Targeting students in grades K-12, our programs provide authentic, vibrant, experiential learning experiences that lead to long-term student success. JA partners with more than 70 school districts in greater Houston, Bryan/College Station, Central Texas, the Golden Triangle, and Southwest Louisiana.
BRING RELEVANCE TO ACADEMICS
JA heightens students' appreciation for education by connecting school work to real-world concepts and long-term aspirations. Students develop the vision to see what's possible in the future, and we can provide the skills to achieve their dreams.
DELIVER AUTHENTIC LEARNING EXPERIENCES
JA infuses business connectivity and role models into all aspects of learning to deepen students' understanding of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship and sustain engagement through enriching programs.
CREATE AN IMMERSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
JA delivers opportunities to apply academic concepts to enhance students' retention of knowledge and develop skills for success, bringing lessons to life.
Junior Achievement represents a dynamic business and education partnership. The board of directors sets the strategic direction, provides governance, and ensures the resources need to ensure high-quality programming. Our professional staff recruit, train, and partner community volunteers with local educators to bring relevance and authenticity to everyday learning.
Our employees are committed to making your experience working with us the absolute best.
Our board of directors includes the finest business and individual leaders in our community.
Junior Achievement is dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias that promotes greater economic opportunity and equity. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers, educators, staff, and other partners and stakeholders, regardless of race, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected characteristic.
There are different ways you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.