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Junior achievement of sacramento BUILDING KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS A mong the most compelling reasons today’s youth need Junior Achievement (JA) programs are the skills gap that plagues our workforce and the degree to which our society is plunging into debt. JA tackles both problems by providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workplace readiness education and skills to the next generation. JA programs help students understand the bridge between successful education and successful careers. Studies find that one-third of Americans carry credit card debt month to month and nearly as many have nothing saved for retirement. 96 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | In addition, more than 90% of U.S. senior executives feel American’s lack skills necessary to support our economy, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. JA’s financial literacy programs educate young people about how to handle money wisely and effectively. “Our goal is to help local youth be smart about money, and how to find success in the working world,” confirms Susan Nelson, Junior Achievement of Sacramento President. “With the critical support of volunteers from our business community, we offer more than 25 programs, all developed by professional 916.480.2770 / JASAC.ORG educators, to students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade.” Serving the greater Sacramento area since 1961, JA offers economic empowerment curriculum and workshops in various formats both during and after school to elementary, middle, and high school students. Facilitated by more than 750 volunteers, JA served more than 12,500 local students in the 2016-17 school year. JA’s success lies in its ability to engage the business community. “By joining forces with JA, volunteers and financial contributors are helping to create and prepare tomorrow’s workforce,” notes Nelson. Volunteers