Fact Sheet

What is Junior Achievement (JA)?

JA is a non-profit organization providing a series of business, economics, free-enterprise and life-skills programs to enhance the education of young people. Locally, JA reached 98,662 students in the 2015-16 school year. JA USA, through offices around the country, reaches over 4 million US students per year. The emergence of a global economy has resulted in great demand for JA programs in countries around the world that are making the transition from command economies to free market systems as well.

2015 - 2016 About Junior Achievement Tampa Bay Brochure (click here to download)

Core Purpose:

Junior Achievement will inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Key Programs:

Programs span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classroom, Junior Achievement programs teach young people the importance of staying in school.


Proven Success:

JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA’s effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available, for free, upon request. Summaries of the findings also are published in the JA Programs section of www.ja.org.


Needed - Volunteers!

•  Special Event Volunteers - A hosts several events each year. The time commitment varies per event.

•  In-Class Volunteers - JA programs are presented by volunteers and teachers who share their unique insight and inspiration to students in Tampa Bay. They share the importance of education in the marketplace. Materials and training are provided by JA.

•  JA BizTown On-Site Volunteers - Volunteers will provide guidance and assistance to students as they go through the on-site storefront simulation of JA BizTown.


Contact Us!

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Bill Poe Family JA Center
Development Office: (813) 539-3029 Home of Muma JA BizTown
  13707 N22nd St.
  Tampa, FL 33613
  Sally Eidge, Director
  813-631-1410 ext. 228

Fact Sheet

A Brief History:

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, President of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, The Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. Locally, JA was founded in 1965. In 1986, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Business Basics for the 5th grades. Junior Achievement has gradually expanded its activities and broadened its scope to encompass an ever-widening student population with 24 programs for Kindergarten thru 12th grade.


Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Inc., a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation, is supported through corporate donations, individual gifts, foundations, and special events. In particular, JA does not rely on government funding.

Some Distinguished JA Alumni:

Commissioner Victor Crist, A.D. (Sandy) MacKinnon, Commissioner Sandy Murman, Frank Sanchez, Holly Tomlin and Lisa Yob.