To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy
Dry cereal, juice pouch, and a packet of goldfish. That is breakfast for 3 out of 4 Tucson kids during the school year. In South Tucson, over half of families with children under 18 are impoverished. Food banks and homeless shelters are strained to their breaking points. They are band-aids – they CANNOT solve the problem of persistent inter-generational poverty.
What would our Tucson community look like if every adult had a fulfilling career with financial knowledge to manage their money? No poverty, no homelessness, and no children going to bed hungry.
This is the vision of Junior Achievement of Arizona. Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA empowers young people with the skills to succeed in work and life. We give students the knowledge they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Our effect is more financially stable families, eliminating generational poverty, forever.