About Junior Achievement

Our Mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

We are guided by our CORE VALUES:


  • BELIEF in the boundless potential of young people
  • COMMITMENT to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
  • PASSION for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
  • RESPECT for talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of individuals
  • BELIEF in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • CONVICTION in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

Who We Are

Junior Achievement programs provide a sophisticated approach to learning that students need in our rapidly changing world through experiential, hands-on learning, delivered by trained community volunteers. Junior Achievement's K-12 programs integrate quality economic education materials with the real-life experiences of volunteers to make education and economics relevant.

By creating partnerships with educators and adult volunteers, Junior Achievement is providing economic education beginning in the earliest years of learning, for students at all economic levels. The result is students who have increased learning as well as problem-solving and decision-making skills in workforce readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.

  • Workforce Readiness ensures that today and tomorrow's workforce has the skills, competencies and behaviors necessary to succeed in the workplace.
  • Financial Literacy is an individual's ability to make informed judgments and effective decisions about the use and management of their money.
  • Entrepreneurship is taking the initiative and assuming risk to create value, either as a business owner or employee

JA's strength is in building collaborative partnerships with local businesses, organizations and foundations in order to achieve the funding and volunteer levels necessary to succeed in educating a greater number of students annually.

Our Impact:

  • Educating students in the following North Central Ohio counties: Ashland, Coshocton, Crawford, Holmes, Knox, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Summit, Richland and Wayne counties
  • JA does not receive United Way support
  • JA is funded by: Corporations (27%), Foundations (39%), Special Events (19%), Individuals (9%), and other miscellaneous funding sources (6%).
  • We are proud of the more than 840 community members who volunteer their time to provide these educational experiences to local students.
  • To find out more about Junior Achievement's impact, check out our 2015-16 Report Card.

Junior Achievement North Central Ohio (JA) is a member of Junior Achievement USA and is part of a global organization that operates in 123 countries and reaches 9.7 million students. Click Here for more information on the global reach of Junior Achievement.