Junior Achievement is the world’s oldest, largest and fastest-growing non profit economic education organization. JA Bulgaria educates and inspires young Bulgarians to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.It prepares them to succeed in a global economy.

Established in 1997, Junior Achievement Bulgaria is a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAW) and its regional entity Junior Achievement –Young Enterprise Europe (JA-YE). Junior Achievement Bulgaria is the first and foremost organization in Bulgaria offering top-notch programs and courses in business, economics and the development of the entrepreneurial spirit through educational and hands-on activities in economics, financial literacy, business skills, leadership and strategies for success. JA-YE enterprise and economic education programmes are designed for young people ages 6-25 and are implemented through a partnership between local businesses and schools.

Founded in the U.S. in 1919, Junior Achievement has reached over 80 million young people. For the current academic year more than 8,5 million students in 400,000 classes and over 300,000 business volunteers in 123 countries are involved in JA activities.

Started with 10 pilot classes, today JA Bulgaria offers 24 educational courses and business programs and has over33,000 students throughout Bulgaria. JA programs are taught by 2000 teachers in 450 cities in more than 1100 schools during the academic 2012-2013. Since its inception, more than 160,000 students, 1197 student companies and 3740 business mentors have benefited from JA Bulgaria programs.

With the support of volunteer business advisors JA students gain practical insight into the world of business. More than 250 corporations, companies and government institutions volunteer to host students in Manager For a Day and over 40 businesses and government entities JAB operations through financial or in kind contributions each year.

Values: 

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents , creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

“The 2006 Spring European Council confirmed the need to reinforce education for entrepreneurship education. Schools need support to make entrepreneurship a reality for students and I congratulate JA-YE for its successful programmes in this field. They provide teachers, and schools with concrete programmes, and allow students to learn how to put theory into practice and to understand what entrepreneurship is about. In this way students gain self-confidence and motivation, become proactive and learn how to work in a team. This is an important investment in Europe's future. I thank Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise for its excellent work and wish it every success in the future.”

-- José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission