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Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc.

Empowering young people to own their economic success®.

Tempe, AZ   |  www.jaaz.org

Mission

Our Mission: Equip Arizona youth to succeed in work and life. For 65+ years, Junior Achievement of Arizona has been empowering the futures of millions of Arizona students by giving students the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Our hands-on, age-appropriate programs focus on three key areas: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Serving more than 140,000 students each year, JA plays an important role in Arizona's workforce development. Our programs help students connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world - knowledge critical to empowering today's students to be successful, contributing members of society in the future.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Katherine Cecala

Main address

636 W Southern Ave

Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

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EIN

86-0184349

NTEE code info

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Did you know that the majority of Arizona CEOs believe employees lack critical skills that are needed to succeed in the workplace? More than half of adults under 30 do not keep a personal budget, their average debt is over $45,000, and 12% of them don't even have a job.

It's our responsibility to empower future generations — to equip them with the skills and knowledge to be successful and pursue their dreams. These are our kids, grandchildren, our future colleagues and community leaders. The success of our economy depends on their preparedness.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

Junior Achievement of Arizona, a nonprofit founded in 1957, is the leader in educating our youth about careers, money and managing the economics of life.

JA partners with more than 380 schools, 9,000 mentors, and diverse corporate and community partners, to integrate curriculum on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness into the classroom for students

Serving nearly 140,000 students each year and over 3 million since our founding, we are shaping the college and career-readiness conversation, and play an important role in Arizona’s workforce and economic development. We connect what students learn in the classroom to the real world, and demonstrate how learning correlates to earning.

The need is more present than ever: 1 million students in Arizona’s education system must be prepared to become tomorrow’s leaders. Together, we can prepare young people to own their economic success. Join us on this critical mission of preparing tomorrow’s leaders today.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Accredited Nonprofit 2019

Service Enterprise Certified 2019

Awards

IMPACT Awards Nonprofit of the Year 2017

Phoenix Chamber of Commerce

Best Places to Work 2018

Phoenix Business Journal

Most Admired Leaders 2018

Phoenix Business Journal

Neighborhood Builders Grant Recipient 2018

Bank of America

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Junior Achievement Worldwide

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In fiscal year 2021 -2022 Junior Achievement of Arizona served 108,295 students, K-12.

Percentage of teachers who would recommend Junior Achievement programs to their peers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We began measuring this particular metric in fiscal year 2015-16.

Number of partnering schools whose students receive Junior Achievement programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the fiscal year 2021-2022, Junior Achievement partnered with 362 schools throughout the state of Arizona.

Average student knowledge gain in financial literacy. work readiness and entrepreneurship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

With the support of thousands of education, business and volunteer partners, we are inspiring the next generation to be financially capable and prepared to enter the working world with the tools to succeed. We are pairing students with volunteer mentors from the community who serve as role models to teach these students about the importance of money management, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial thinking. Arming today's youth with this critical education will result in less financial instability and debt, a better-trained workforce, a more robust economy and healthier families.

We are pairing students with volunteer mentors from the community who serve as role models to teach these students about the importance of money management, workforce readiness and entrepreneurial thinking. Arming today's youth with this critical education will result in less financial instability and debt, a better-trained workforce, a more robust economy and healthier families.

For the last 60 years, Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) has been empowering the futures of millions of Arizona students by giving students the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Delivered by 9,000 business and community volunteer mentors, our hands-on, age-appropriate programs focus on three key areas: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

While we are equipping more than 65,000 students in Arizona with this critical education each year, the need is more present than ever: more 1 million students in Arizona's education system must be prepared to become tomorrow's leaders!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Arturo Perez

US Bank

Karen Quick

Consultant

Peter Rathwell

Snell & Wilmer LLP

Brad Harper

Trigon Executive Assessment Center

Frank Marino

Tucson Electric Power

Patricia Waterkotte

Rusing, Lopez & Lizardi

Arturo Perez

U.S. Bank

Cary Smith

USAA

Charlie Smith

Weber Group

Gayle Petrillo

First Impressions

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 3/15/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data