About | Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA has over 100 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s Volunteers lead programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy— which ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

JA History



Junior Achievement is founded in Springfield, MA; first offering is the JA Company Program ®



Junior Achievement of Kansas City opens



JA enters the classroom with the introduction of Project Business



JA of Greater Kansas City opens the Youth Learning Lab and JA BizTown



JA of Greater Kansas City introduces the innovative 3DE high school program

We Value Diversity

At JAKC, a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization is one where all feel valued and respected, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity experiences to all stakeholders in order to advance the mission. This includes volunteers, donors, board members, educators, and students. We respect and value diverse life experiences, heritages and thoughts and ensure all voices are valued and heard. We’re committed to modeling and providing a place of diversity and inclusion for all community stakeholders, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable engagement and experiences for all.

JA Partner Organizations

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City expands beyond the classroom. We are proud and excited to partner with multiple community organizations each year to provide our effective K-12 programming to even more Kansas City students.

Public School District Partners

Additional School Partners

Community Partners

Blue Valley
Bonner Springs / Edwardsville
Grandview C-4
Kansas City Kansas
Kansas City North
Kansas City
Shawnee Mission
Spring Hill
Allen Village Charter School
The Barstow School
Bethany Lutheran School
Brookside Charter
Calvary Lutheran School
Christ Lutheran School
Citizens of the World Charter Schools Kansas City
Crossroads Preparatory Academy of Kansas City
Genesis School
Guadalupe Centers
Holy Cross Catholic School
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School
Holy Trinity Catholic School
Hope Lutheran School
Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy
Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy
Maranatha Christian Academy
Notre Dame de Sion
Oakhill Day School
Resurrection Catholic School
St. Agnes Catholic School
St. Ann Catholic School
St. Elizabeth Catholic School
St. Paul’s Episcopal Day School
20/20 Leadership
Black Economic Union
Black Excellence KC
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater KC
Central Bank of Kansas – Shark Tank
City of Shawnee Kids Fest
Entrepreneurship KC/Pro X
Front Porch Alliance
Girl Scout Troops
Green Works KC
Guadalupe Centers
HBCU Walking Billboard
House of Hope
Johnson Co. Youth Detention Center
KC Scholars
Lyrik’s Institute
North KC Summer Camp
Operation Breakthrough
People of All Colors (POAC) Succeed
Rosedale Development Assoc.
YMCA of Greater KC
Youth Volunteer Corps