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Empowering Young People to Own Their Economic Success™

2015-2016 Annual Report Printing donated by

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Leadership Message Dear Friends, Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ) is pleased to share with you our Annual Report that highlights yet another successful year of empowering young people to own their economic success. Nearing our 100 year anniversary, Junior Achievement remains in the forefront as a 21st century educational resource that is closing the employability skills gap affecting the state of New Jersey. Through our real world relationships with business, government, and education partners, thousands of students annually are able to develop the critical money management, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness skills necessary to graduate, enter the workforce, and become successful citizens. With an emphasis on real world experiential learning, JANJ motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models who are committed to investing in their future. We are deeply grateful for these volunteers, our business and education partners, and importantly our corporate donors who enable JA to be a no-cost educational solution to schools statewide. Of notable importance this year, we are proud to announce that JA’s two premier Capstone programs, JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®, now operate under one roof in the new JA Education Center located in the heart of New Jersey in Raritan Center Business Park, Edison. Home to these experiential learning programs as well as our statewide corporate office, thousands of students, educators, volunteers, and special guests will walk through our doors annually to participate in various programs and events. If you have not yet visited, we encourage you to stop by and see firsthand the impact of JA. During the 2015-2016 school year, JANJ’s dedicated volunteer network of nearly 5,000 impacted the lives of 63,440 K-12 students statewide. Of these volunteers, more than 2,700 were young people serving as JA High School Heroes, a service-learning initiative that continues to be in high demand. Thousands more participated in our innovative programs and engaged in various elementary, middle, and high school initiatives including the JA Titan® Competition, JA Career Success™ Workshops, and our Women’s Future Leadership Forums. From the inception of JA’s statewide New Jersey operation, we have consistently elevated our metrics by which we measure our performance, and we have built an award winning organization. In 2015 we were recognized through JA USA with our fourth Peak Performance Team Award. This award recognizes superior annual performance by a JA Area Team and Board in achieving student growth and impact, while sustaining financial and operational soundness. We also received the JA USA Star Award in nine of the last twelve years, for program quality, financial solvency, and quality management practices. This annual recognition is a result of our devoted board, passionate staff, committed educators, supportive volunteers, dedicated business partners, and our inspiring students. Together, we are changing kids' lives and empowering them to be our next generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, and future workforce, and with our newly elected State Board Chair, Christine LaCroix, we enter this new fiscal year with tremendous optimism and excitement for what we can achieve. Thank you for believing in JA, and we look forward to continuing our life-changing work with you to inspire and prepare New Jersey’s youth to succeed in our global economy. With enormous gratitude,

Catherine D. Milone President, JA of New Jersey

Dino E. Robusto Board Chairman, FY2016

“JA has helped me understand the world of business and how it will affect my life, and I will be better prepared to enter the working world. JA taught me that I have the ability to succeed in life by giving me the knowledge and skills I need to plan for my future and make smart academic and economic choices.” – Serena, JA Hi