Students. Educators. Volunteers. Community Partners.

Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfield County is committed to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Below, students, educators, volunteers, and community partners share some stories of the impact of their JA experience. 

“Seeing the effort these volunteer companies and employees put into the fair affected us all deeply. The students felt humbled that these profitable and reputable companies took the time and energy to put this together for them. This fair showed them the unlimited potential and opportunity of their futures. Education is about preparing students for the world of work, and I can’t think of a better way to help them explore their options than through this incredible program you all worked so hard to put together. ” 

Kathleen Sweeney, Educator, Central High School, on JA Inspire Virtual

When I joined Junior Achievement in tenth grade, I really struggled with speaking with an audience of a dozen people or more, and by the time I left the program, I was the class president of my high school and spoke in front of a few thousand. The communication skills and confidence, that combination, really helped me professionally and personally, in regards to what I did in college and now in my professional career.

John Boccuzzi Jr. – Former JA Student, Board Member, Staff Member, and Volunteer

Senior Director of Sales, ISG Research (Americas)

The AJ Daley Story

Hear about AJ’s journey and how Junior Achievement programs impacted his life in this video put together by our friends at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.

Thank you for introducing our students to possible career paths. It is not something that they have the opportunity to think about. This was a great way to introduce them to careers and businesses that they did not know existed.

Educator, Derby Middle School

Thank you for presenting to us. It’s very inspiring to see so many successful women showing us that our dreams are possible.

Student, Central High School

“I believe I am more inclined to pursue entrepreneurship because I see the experience these entrepreneurs had and it brings me excitement.  The uncertainty and dedication you need in order for your work to be successful is inspiring.  The constant challenges which you need to overcome keeps you always on the edge of your seat.  These videos just helped convince me more that I have a passion for entrepreneurship and I truly believe this will be in my future.”

Student, Shelton High School 


The best way to understand JA is to go into the classroom. There, you see how important this material is, and how powerful it is for people who are in business to bring their real world experience to students.

Tom Santa – Emeritus Board Member

President & CEO of Santa Energy

Local JA alumni, from diverse industries and backgrounds, have shared their stories, advice, and insights with the community. To see more alumni stories of success from former JA students, click here.