About Us

The Conduit Between the Education & Business Communities

By focusing on education, economic and youth development, JA programs contribute to the vitality of our community and the availability of a well-educated workforce. JA volunteers are trained to provide additional value to help connect the relevancy of staying in school by sharing their own life experiences while teaching JA curriculum.

Volunteers help students focus their career choice, develop work readiness skills to obtain employment, consider the possibilities of starting their own company and learn budget and saving skills necessary to manage their personal finances – empowering them to own their economic success.


 "It is inspiring to see Junior Achievement helping young people to foster business skills at such a young age," said Ohio Congressman Bob Gibbs - R- Lakeville at the 2013 JA Company Program of the Year Competition with Viking Enterprises Divsion 12 JA Student Company from North Canton High School.  "These are the types of resources that need to be readily available for high school students across the country." 


The community resource for 21st century learning.

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices


Junior Achievement programs help

  • Prepare young people for the real world
  • Show Students how to generate wealth and effectively manage it
  • Show Students how to create jobs which make their communities more robust
  • Explain how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace

JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 382,637 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

The mission of Junior Achievement is: "To educate and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy." Junior Achievement was formed nationally in 1919 and locally in 1953 to link the business and education communities together.  The East Central Ohio office of Junior Achievement provides programming to students in Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties.

Join us in our mission to help educate the next generation of consumer, employees and employers own their economic success by contact Dawn L. Campanelli, President of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio at 330-433-0063 or DCampanelli@JAonline.org to discuss engagement opportunities.