6250 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to take control of their own economic future. Through a community partnership of business leaders, schools and volunteers, we teach young people how to make smart financial decisions, prepare for the working world, and become entrepreneurs. We inspire them to dream big and see a world of limitless opportunities for their futures. Together, we are teaching our next generation the business of life.
JA SoCal serves over 58,000 students throughout Los Angeles County, Kern County, Orange County and the Inland Empire. 75% of the students we serve in LA Country are considered socio-economically at-risk with incomes at or below 180% of the Federal poverty rate and 90% come from ethnic minority backgrounds.
JA SoCal is shaping the college and career-readiness conversation and plays an important role in Southern California’s economic development by addressing the current skills gap and creating a pipeline of future employees through programs like JA Job Shadow.
Our curriculum is taught in over 300 schools by volunteers who infuse the lessons with their own personal experience, creating a meaningful learning experience.
JA Finance Park, the only high-impact, experiential education center of its kind in SoCal, allows middle and high school students to experience personal finance education using a simulation inside this vibrant,10,000 sq ft. financial literacy lab!
Les McCabe, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Secretary, American Honda Finance Corp.
Treasurer & Finance Chair, NBC Universal (Retired)
Education Chair, Aerojet Rocketdyne (Retired)
Development Co-Chair, VerityPoint
Development Co-Chair, American Discovery Capital
Governance Chair, Deloitte, LLC. (Retired)
At Large, McCarthy Cook
At Large, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
At Large, Delta Air Lines
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What is your Charity Navigator Rating?
Charity Navigator: Silver Rating
What percentage of total revenue goes to cause (after operation expenses)?
75% of funding goes directly to programming.
What was your greatest community impact in 2019?
JA SoCal provided 58,000 K-12 students, from over 300 local schools with financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education. We’ve pivoted our goals to allow us to provide better program saturation within areas of greater need.
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