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Junior Achievement Stresses the Importance of Career Readiness this Financial Literacy Month

April 02, 2014

Junior Achievement USA’s latest survey reports that the unemployment rate among 15 to 24-year-olds is twice the national average. Among young people with a high school diploma, the jobless rate is nearly 30 percent.

“It's an unmitigated disaster for our economy because without jobs and earnings, 1 million unemployed young Americans cannot participate in the economic recovery,” said Joanne Pastula, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of San Diego. “Right now, nothing is more important than teaching our teens and young adults how to find and secure their jobs.”

One of Junior Achievement’s programs—JA Job Shadow—gives high school students a rare opportunity to discover careers and participate in activities that simulate real workplace tasks.

This Financial Literacy Month, Junior Achievement partnered with various companies to bring JA Job Shadow to the San Diego kids:  

  • April 10: Students enrolled in medical pathway courses at San Diego High School will learn about careers at Rural Metro.
  • April 11: University of San Diego graduate students enrolled in business school will deliver lessons on good budgeting at Kearny School of International Business.
  • April 15: Citibank will administer a series of lessons on budgeting, good spending and earning potential for King Chavez High School students.
  • April 24: The El Cajon Valley High School students will learn about STEM careers at Pharmatek.
  • April 28: Janssen—a pharmaceutical company part of Johnson & Johnson— will introduce the West Hills High School students to medical chemistry and biotechnology.
  • April 30: Hoover Academy of Information Technology will be exposed to careers in computer programming and information technology at The Control Group.

“The goal is to broaden students’ understanding of different careers so they are informed and inspired in their professional pursuits,” said Flora Barron, education manager at Junior Achievement of San Diego.”

Junior Achievement also invites San Diegans to volunteer to spread the word about financial literacy and teach kids how to budget, get a job and set themselves up for a flourishing economic future. 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • JA BizTown—a life-size mini-city for 5th graders where they come to work, get paid and run a business. Current volunteer needs:
    • El Toyon Elementary on April 11 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Holly Drive Elementary on April 22 from 7:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Please contact Katie Easton at to volunteer at JA BizTown.

  • Elementary School Junior Achievement (JA) Days—engaging themes help K-5 students learn economic concepts and stress the relationship between school and future success. Current volunteer need:
    • El Toyon Elementary on April 18 from 7:30 a.m. – noon.

           Please contact Valerie Hash at to volunteer.

Volunteer commitment is for 1 hour a week for 5 to 6 weeks. The times vary depending on the school. Please contact Kathy Siemion at to volunteer.

More opportunities here…

Yearly, Junior Achievement of San Diego educates more than 52,000 kids in grades K through 12th. The nonprofit offers more than 20 financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to the students.

Please join Junior Acheivement on Twitter for Financial Literacy Month conversation with #FinLitMonth hashtag. For more news and events at Junior Achievement of San Diego, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SAN DIEGO, INC. works locally to impact 52,000 students in K-12 classrooms in the 2013-2014 school year. Junior Achievement’s financial literacy programs take thousands of volunteers who lead classes and experiential programs. For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, please visit