Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, Inc.

Mission

At Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, we come to work each day to prepare central Ohio K-12 students for the business of life after graduation by convening and aligning educational systems, business partners, non-profit partners, and governmental entities to integrate and implement JA's proven, groundbreaking career-preparation, financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mike Davis

Main address

68 E. 2nd Ave.

Columbus, OH 43201 USA

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EIN

31-4385042

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Current K-12 education systems lack resources to teach students about finances, careers, or entrepreneurship, and government agencies are not equipped to systematically support youth workforce development. As a result, students lack career-readiness, business acumen, and money management, and are therefore not prepared achieve their goals upon graduation. Ohio is home to growing industries like transportation, insurance, and healthcare, but central Ohio employers struggle to find qualified workers. According to the Columbus Ohio Skills Gap Report, there are thousands of unemployed and underemployed Columbus residents. Education and employer systems are not effectively aligned to develop and transition young people from school to careers - Ohio ranks 24th in the nation for preparing students to succeed in college and in careers. Central Ohio must address the skills gap to support employers, attract new industries, equip entrepreneurs to succeed, and help our young people achieve more.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

JA In-Class Programs

JA In-Class programs are grade specific and taught by community volunteers. Programs teach students about how a local economy works, the basics of personal finance, the building blocks of entrepreneurship and important skills for securing employment. A national survey of JA alumni found that 1 in 5 alumni entered the same career field as their JA volunteer. JA of Central Ohio placed volunteers in 759 classrooms, reaching 18,300 students in the 2018-2019 school year.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, we imagine a future where each new generation of students is inspired and prepared to achieve personal success in their career and in life.

We intervene as early as Kindergarten to help students begin drawing the line between what they learn in the classroom and the life they can have after graduation. Junior Achievement’s programs give students essential skills to become innovative problem solvers. Studies show that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates; have greater appreciation for education; and are more confident in their ability to graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and enter a career field. They earn 20% more, are 40% more satisfied with their careers, and are 30% more likely to have a bachelor’s degree than their peers who did not receive any JA programming.

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio has the support of a national organization, JA USA, which was founded in 1919. JA curriculum is built upon research and rigorously tested for impact. It is age-specific, interactive, and aligns with state learning standards.

Junior Achievement of Central Ohio has a solid leadership team, guided by a board of directors comprised of top leaders in central Ohio.

In the 2018/2019 school year, we impact 30,865 central Ohio K-12 students, a record number for us. We look forward to expanding our programs to reach 50,000 students annually.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Junior Achievement of Central Ohio, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Ness

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Term: 2019 - 2023

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No