SOURCE: Junior Achievement USA

Junior Achievement USA

November 15, 2016 10:00 ET

Poll: 87 Percent of Teens Interested in Starting their Own Businesses, but Realize they May Need Help

Survey by Junior Achievement USA® Highlights JA Launch Lesson, a New Initiative to Put Entrepreneurs in Classrooms as Part of National Entrepreneurship Month

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO--(Marketwired - November 15, 2016) - According to another survey of 500 teens conducted by Junior Achievement USA® and ORC International, most 13-17 year olds (87%) have an interest in starting their own business. Nearly half (47%) of teens who expressed an interest would only consider doing so if they were given information on how to run a business, while one-in-five (20%) would only do so if someone was willing to lend them money to start a business. One-in-ten (11%) would if they knew someone who owns their own business, while nearly as many (9%) would need to have a family member with their own business to feel confident enough to become an entrepreneur.

To help teens gain the knowledge and get the support they need, Junior Achievement has launched JA Launch Lesson. By bringing an inspiring entrepreneur into the classroom for one hour during the week to share his or her experience with students, JA Launch Lesson provides teens with the knowledge and inspiration necessary to spark an ongoing interest in entrepreneurship. The program is designed to be simple for entrepreneurs to implement, but impactful for the teens participating. To learn more, visit

"JA is known for bringing entrepreneurship education into the classroom," said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "What makes this initiative different is that it is an intensive experience designed specifically for today's up-and-coming business owner who might not otherwise have time in his or her busy day to engage as a mentor to young people."

To help engage entrepreneurs in the JA Launch Lesson, JA is working with a variety of organizations, including the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Babson College.

This report presents the findings of two Opinion Research Corporation's Youth CARAVAN surveys conducted among a sample of and 500 13-17 year olds. Respondents for these surveys are selected from among those who have volunteered to participate in online surveys and polls. Because the sample is based on those who initially self-selected for participation, no estimates of sampling error are calculated.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.8 million students per year in more than 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations over 100 other countries worldwide. Visit for more information.

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    Manager of Public Relations and Digital Outreach
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