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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of Central Virginia's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.


Why Junior Achievement?

JA helps students realize the education they are getting today will help them have a bright future. JA's unique, volunteer-delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lie before them. They realize they can choose different paths: College? A specific trade? Their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change:

  • 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
  • 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
  • 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
  • 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Why Junior Achievement?

Which Way To JA?

Corporate Donor

Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Central Virginia by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.

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Individual Donor

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of Central Virginia!

VOLUNTEER in a group

By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.

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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Central Virginia!


Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education.

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Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Central Virginia school!


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JA of Central Virginia Spotlight

JA Pedal Palooza

JA Pedal Palooza

When: September 29
Where: Hardywood West Creek
Time: 12pm - 3pm

Join us for our first inaugural JA Pedal Palooza!  This family-friendly, casual event will bring together supporters to race to inspire and prepare our students. Participants will be able to race in pedal carts (imagine a go-kart mixed with a bike) while enjoying good company and good drinks from Hardywood. Tickets start at only $25 and children 12 and under are free!

JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame

JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame

When: May 21, 2020
Where: The Jefferson Hotel
Time: 5:30pm

Since 1988, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia has annually recognized the most esteemed leaders of the area at the JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame.  The Laureate honorees have experienced business success and established a legacy of leadership within their industries and the community.

Help us find our 2020 Laureates by nominating an exceptional leader today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

When: September-June
Where: Various area schools
Time: Times vary

A want versus a need. How to search for a meaningful career. How to budget. Don't you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU. All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to empower the next generation. JA of Central Virginia provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you!

JA Ethics sponsored by PwC

JA Ethics sponsored by PwC

When: October 17, 2019
Where: JA Finance Park located at Libbie Mill Library

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia's JA Excellence through Ethics brings local business executives into Greater Richmond classrooms to have frank discussions with high school students about the importance of ethics in business. Case studies, group work and personal experience all come into play in this very important and relevant program.

A volunteer training luncheon with guest speakers will be held in October. Click below for details.

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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