Benefits of JA® Alumni Society Membership include:
- An exclusive JA Alumni Welcome Package that highlights the past, present and future of JA
- A chance to share your JA story and discuss why "JA Matters"
- A quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date on what is happening with JA now
- Access to the JA Alumni LinkedIn Page
- An opportunity to connect with JA in your community
- And many more!
Did Junior Achievement® make a difference in your life?
Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career?
Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"
JA Alumni are a select group of leaders who have experienced Junior Achievement programs as a student. You may have run your own student business as a member of the JA Company Program®, experienced what it was like to make financial decisions in a student-managed city as part of JA Finance Park Virtual®, or learned about money, careers or running a business in any one of JA's other K-12 programs.
Regardless of which JA program you participated in, we invite you to join the JA USA® Alumni Society, that brings together JA Alumni from all over the country, by registering click the Join the JA USA Alumni Society button. It's free to join!
SEE WHAT NOTABLE JA ALUMNUS, MARK CUBAN HAD TO SAY ABOUT JA WHEN HE RAN INTO A MEMBER OF OUR STAFF.
FEATURED JA ALUMN Dr. Dan Lambert
As an alumnus of JA’s Company program, I cannot express enough how the leadership skills, in addition to the business and free enterprise knowledge I gained, shaped my life. During three years in high school I was part of a JA company sponsored by General Electric. Each week those of us involved would meet with a team of four GE mentors who would teach us about the various aspects of building a successful company. From product development to manufacturing, raw material purchasing to marketing, and human resources to sales, we learned the ins and outs of America’s free enterprise system.
In addition, I took advantage of numerous leadership development opportunities offered through special programs and conferences. All of this taught me valuable leadership skills such as conflict resolution, active listening, self-confidence, and team management.
I used the skills and knowledge gained to become a successful college student, even earning a Ph.D. in education. I have been teaching at the university level for over 20 years now, and currently serve as a college dean. I attribute much of my success to the principles I learned in JA.
The only reason I was able to take part and benefit from Junior Achievement is that it didn’t cost me a dime. I was raised by a single mother and lived in a small house trailer at the time. We did not have extra money for me to take music lessons, join clubs, or participate in much of anything. Because JA was subsidized by local companies and fundraisers, I had the opportunity to be part of something special.
I was company president for two years. My senior year of high school, our company was named JA company of the year in Indiana, and I was president of the year. We competed at the national level, where we finished in the top five.
Notable JA Alumni
Shark; Founder of Broadcast.com;
Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Frederick A. Deluca
Founder & CEO
Orlando Magic and Orlando Miracle
Miss America 2004
Habitat for Humanity
Bruce R. Kennedy
late Chairman Emeritus
Alaska Air Group, Inc.;
CBS MarketWatch column
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica; Fmr. Colombia Desk Officer for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement; Fmr. Deputy Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section in Lima, Peru
Chief Executive Officer
Discover Financial Services
"Giuliana and Bill"
Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer
The Carlyle Group
Fmr. U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania
University of Miami;
Fmr. U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services;