Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Inspiring Tomorrows

Houston, TX   |  www.jahouston.org


Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

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Mr. Joseph C. Burke

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2115 E Governors Circle

Houston, TX 77092 USA

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Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Our programs

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JA BizTown

JA BizTown encompasses important elements of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, providing students in grades four through six with a solid foundation of business, economics and free enterprise education. Furthermore, the program content augments students' core curriculum in social studies (e.g., citizenship, government), reading, writing and mathematics. Throughout the program, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to learn about key economic concepts as they explore and enhance their understanding of free enterprise. Through daily lessons, hands-on activities and active participation in a simulated community designed to support differentiated learning styles, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a local economy. JA BizTown helps prepare students for a lifetime of learning and academic achievement.

Population(s) Served

JA Company Program provides basic economic education for high school students by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business. Students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the U.S. free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. Volunteer consultants from the local business community employ a variety of hands-on activities and technological supplements to challenge students to use innovative thinking. The business skills that students learn in this after-school program will prove valuable as they begin to consider higher education and career choices. Each JA Company Program kit contains a plethora of resources, including a handbook for teachers and volunteers and interactive, take-home materials for students. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed activity plans for the volunteer and enough materials for 24 students. All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. JA programs also correlate with state standards in social studies, English, and mathematics, and to Common Core State Standards.

Population(s) Served

JA Finance Park gives middle and high school grade students an opportunity to develop personal money management skills, acquire personal finance knowledge, and prepare for the financial decisions and challenges of their adult lives. JA Finance Park introduces students to personal finance and career explorations through classroom instruction complemented by a day-long, hands-on experience in which they apply learned concepts in a life-like community. During this one-day experience, students assume randomly assigned family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making. Participating students use bank services, contribute to charities, purchase housing, transportation, furnishings, food, health care, and other expenses, make investment decisions and work to balance their personal budgets. Real-life members of the community, such as parents and local businesses, are actively involved in the JA Finance Park experience. JA Finance Park students develop knowledge of economic and personal finance concepts, understand budgets and the importance of financial planning and gathering information, become familiar with the use of financial services, utilize financial decision-making processes, and become better prepared for their future roles as consumers, investors, and workers.

Population(s) Served

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas’ vision is to systemically re-engineer high school education to expand economic opportunity for all students through the implementation of the 3DE by Junior Achievement instructional model. 3DE makes learning more relevant, experiential, and authentic to more fully prepare today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s economy.

Operating as a full-immersion school-within-a-school, 3DE utilizes competency-based case methodology to drive student engagement and academic performance. The model uses interdisciplinary pedagogy to create a high school experience that reflects the dynamic pace of activity and interconnectedness of life beyond the classroom walls.

By mirroring the school’s range of academic levels and socio-economic demographics, the performance of 3DE students dispels entrenched assumptions on student learning. 3DE works towards the following overarching goals:

• Initiating Systemic Transformation in Education: 3DE’s clustered "school-within-a-school" is a catalyst for transformation throughout the school campus and broader system.

• Expanding Economic Opportunity/Mobility: Engaged students graduate four-year college eligible with the skills to navigate a career towards economic mobility for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Five Star Award 2014

Junior Achievement USA

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

As our economy evolves at an ever-increasing rate, the broader education system has been challenged to keep pace with the changes around it. This reality is observed in the quality of education available to our students, who often find themselves in high school experiences that are disconnected from the real world and leave them ill-prepared for economic success.

Greater Houston’s future economic viability is predicated on a skilled employee base prepared for tomorrow’s workforce. Addressing educational attainment levels and ensuring our young people have the knowledge, skills, and attitude needed to meet their futures with confidence is paramount or we face an employee base lacking in personnel needed to fuel the continued growth and vitality of our region.

Focused on the necessity to create equitable access to high-quality education, the three strategic imperatives identified by the board are designed to catalyze transformation in a way that not only affects individual students but impacts the entire education system to significantly drive economic opportunity and economic mobility in communities across the country.

Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas' goal is to provide authentic, relevant, and engaging experiential programs to expand economic opportunity for all students. The board has established three priorities:

1) Create an entrepreneurial mindset in young people through the expansion of the JA Company Program and the creation of enhancing learning experiences and events.

2) Re-engineering high school education by piloting the 3DE by Junior Achievement instructional model in five schools in five years.

3) Re-invest in authentic learning through the building of a new JA Discovery Center to house JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. With a forward-looking view, the organization strives to prepare young people for the workplace of tomorrow.

Junior Achievement believes that partnerships generate profound transformation. For more than 75 years, JA of Southeast Texas has partnered with the educational community and businesses to impact young people. JA leverages our networks, resources, and expertise to create cost-effective and scalable solutions that maximize the impact for all involved.

JA of Southeast Texas has grown the JA Company program from 7 startups to 37 in three years and developed a variety of partnerships to expand the experience for students.

JA piloted the 3DE instructional model at Austin High School (HISD) in the fall of 2020 and expanded to Waltrip High School (HISD) in the fall of 2021.

The board is conducting a feasibility study for a new JA Discovery Center.


Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

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Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas

Board of directors
as of 7/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Juliet Breeze

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Term: 2021 - 2023

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/14/2021

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