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Junior Achievement and the National Chamber Foundation Announce Free Enterprise National Survey Results
For Immediate Release:
MOTIVATED BUT UNSURE:
Junior Achievement and the
National Chamber Foundation Announce
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a national survey, released today by Junior Achievement USA™ (JA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation (NCF), U.S. high school juniors revealed their knowledge and perceptions of entrepreneurship, free enterprise and capitalism and how these factors will influence their future career choices. The Free Enterprise National Survey found that 64 percent of high school juniors were interested in starting or owning their own businesses, but the survey also revealed that many are concerned about the economy. This may result in fewer students choosing an entrepreneurial career path. However, high school juniors strongly believe it is important that high school students are taught about entrepreneurship, free enterprise and capitalism in school.
Both JA and NCF agree that education is key to empowering young people to embrace the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship and intend to further partner to bring JA’s entrepreneurship programs to more students. The survey results were discussed today at a town hall meeting at Friendship Collegiate Academy (www.friendshipschools.org) in Washington, D.C.; more than 200 students and school leaders participated, in addition to top leadership from JA and the NCF.
“Knowledge of the free enterprise system, its
benefits to citizens and its relationship to job creation is important for young
people across the nation, to the vitality of our communities and to the
availability of a well-educated workforce,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president
and chief executive officer, Junior Achievement USA. “Junior Achievement
programs reach more than
The Free Enterprise National Survey was conducted online in July and August 2011 by Harris Interactive on behalf of JA and NCF among 2,213 high school juniors. The survey’s results confirm the need for and value in providing entrepreneurship education for high school students, through both classroom-based and co-curricular learning opportunities. At least 9 in 10 juniors believe it is important to be taught about entrepreneurship, free enterprise and capitalism, yet less than half (45 percent) have been taught about entrepreneurship in school and 57 percent have been taught about free enterprise in school. JA and NCF are committed to strengthening their relationship through support of Junior Achievement’s JA Be Entrepreneurial® program. Delivered by corporate and community volunteers, the JA Be Entrepreneurial program focuses on challenging high school students to start their own entrepreneurial venture through interactive classroom activities that provide relevant, hands-on experiences.
The Free Enterprise National Survey also found that while many juniors are interested in starting their own business, they are worried about the state of the economy. Seven in 10 high school juniors believe that the economy will either stay the same or get worse in the coming year, and 9 in 10 are concerned about future job prospects after they finish high school.
“The Chamber is constantly focused on emerging business issues, and members of Congress and the administration should take note that our nation’s young people are sharing many of the same concerns about the economy as the majority of working Americans,” said Margaret Spellings, former secretary of education and president of the Chamber’s U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation. “In business, we value employees that can think strategically and outside the box, and we as leaders need to encourage learning opportunities that enhance the core principles of free enterprise to develop these skills early on.”
Additional findings from the Free Enterprise National Survey show:
About the Survey
For an executive summary of survey results, log on to www.ja.org.
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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