Junior Achievement of Georgia

Junior Achievement of Georgia (JAG) was founded in Atlanta in 1943 as an after-school program. Since then it has reached more than 84,000 students statewide each year through district offices in Atlanta, Augusta, Dalton, Gainesville, and Savannah. JAG's parent organization has existed since 1919 to encourage young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. As of 2005, Junior Achievement has affected the lives of more than 65 million young people globally through 150 affiliates in all 50 states and 98 foreign countries.
JAG is governed by a board of directors comprising local business and community leaders. It participates in the National Groundhog Job Shadow Coalition, created in 1997, by running a year-round program through which students spend work days with people in the business world. Since 1990 JAG has also hosted the annual Atlanta Business Hall of Fame to recognize and honor individuals who have significantly contributed to the city's business community and set high standards for the state's young people.
JAG programs prepare children in kindergarten though twelfth grade for entering the workforce by teaching them about free enterprise and business, developing character skills, and reinforcing the value of education. The interactive lessons are developed by the nation's leading educators and are aligned with Georgia's education standards.
In response to the high dropout rate among Hispanic youth in Georgia, JAG implemented the Junior Achievement Hispanic Initiative in 2002. This three-year pilot program is designed to encourage Hispanic students to stay in school and prepare for success in the American workforce.
At JAG's online Student Center, visitors can obtain information on such practical matters as how to choose a college, apply for student loans, manage money, or even start a business.
close

Loading

Cite This Article
Tabereaux, Jason. "Junior Achievement of Georgia." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 22 May 2013. Web. 26 November 2014.
More from the Web
From Our Home Page
Pecans

Although

Read more...
Charles Lindbergh in Georgia

In 1923 Charles Lindbergh flew his first solo flight at Souther Field in Americ

Read more...
Atlanta Falcons

In 1965 the Atlanta Falcons became the first professional football team in the city of Atlanta and the fifteenth National Football Lea

Read more...
Sherman's March to the Sea

The March to the Sea, the most destructive campaign against a civilian population during the

Read more...
Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries