Our Partners


Junior Achievement

In the most rapidly growing, entrepreneurial cities in the world, at Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans (JA), we believe that we have a responsibility to transform the preparedness of our youth from a mission into a movement. We believe that together, we can inspire an entire generation to be financially capable and tenacious, equipped with 21st century skills to think outside the box, manage risk effectively, and welcome opportunity in a complex, modern economy. Through our standards-based experiential financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs taught by a volunteer role model from the community, we are preparing our region’s future leaders to understand that anything is possible with hard work and take on their destiny with passion.

Celebrating more than 60 years in the metro New Orleans area, Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. JA ignites the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a global marketplace. More than 1300 business volunteers and more than 30,000 southeast Louisiana-area elementary, middle and high school students are annually involved in JA programs in more than 100 public, private, and parochial schools throughout twelve parishes.

Junior Achievement is more than small business and lemonade stands. Together with our business, community, and education partners, we are working to ensure that this generation is better prepared for success than any other generation in history. In short, Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans inspires the next generation to navigate their path to their own American Dream.

For more information on Junior Achievement, programs available to schools, and volunteer opportunities, click here.

Brees Dream Foundation

The Brees Dream Foundation was founded in 2003 and is a reliable source of charitable funding globally. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for cancer patients and provide care, education and opportunities for children and families in need. Since our inception 13 years ago, we have contributed over $25,000,000 to charitable causes globally. We would not be where we are today without the endless support from our many partnerships and from those who donate to our cause daily. For that, we would like to personally thank all you who have donated your time, money, and effort into making the Brees Dream Foundation what it is today!

To learn more about The Brees Dream Foundation, click here.

The Idea Village

Founded in 2000, The Idea Village formalized in 2002 as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to engaging our community to embrace innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking. The Idea Village has established itself as a globally-recognized leader in developing place-based entrepreneurial ecosystems. As a result, New Orleans is now in the top 10% of best cities to start a business in the country (WalletHub), with startup activity 64% above the national average (The Data Center). We’ve been called America’s #1 Biggest Brain Magnet (Forbes) and 1 of the 20 Hottest Startup Hubs in America (The Kauffman Foundation).

The Idea Village is committed to sustaining the local entrepreneurial movement by providing direct services to entrepreneurs, engaging the community, and supporting initiatives that leverage entrepreneurship to catalyze change.

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW), presented by IBERIABANK, is an annual festival celebrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and new thinking in New Orleans. Produced by The Idea Village, NOEW engages a dynamic network of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, non-profits, students, and professionals to support growing companies, spark conversation, and applaud the entrepreneurial spirit in a city like no other.

To learn more about The Idea Village, click here.

Junior Achievement
Brees Dream Foundation
The Idea Village

A program of Junior Achievement in partnership with the Brees Dream Foundation and The Idea Village