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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

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

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

  • 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 Carolinas 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 Carolinas!


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 Carolinas!


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 Carolinas school!


JA of Central Carolinas Spotlight

JA Business Ethics Luncheon

JA Business Ethics Luncheon

When: April 25, 2018
Where: UNC Asheville - Sherrill Center
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

The Annual Business Ethics Luncheon is an opportunity for high school students from the greater Asheville area join  local business leaders to share a meal, listen to a thoughtful keynote, and engage in lively conversation about current issues in business and ethics. This year we will be discussing Youth & Technology - What the Future Holds, presented by Dr. Marietta Cameron, Department Chair, Computer Science at UNC-Ashville. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available.

JA Finance Park<sup>®</sup> and JA BizTown<sup>®</sup>

JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®

Innovative, bold, relevant. JA Finance Park and JA BizTown is all that, and more. It's a financial literacy laboratory that inspires and prepares youth to succeed. This campus is an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.

Calling all JA Alumni!

Calling all JA Alumni!

Did JA make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?" 

5k for JA

5k for JA

When: April 21, 2018
Where: Camp North End
Time: 8:00 am

Bring the family and join us for the 5K for JA - part of the nation-wide 401K Race for Financial Fitness. Bring the whole family on race day to support Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas! We'll hold a 5K and a Family Fun Run. A "Well-Abration" will take place following the races in the Boiler Yard of Camp North End.

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  • "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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If you would like more information on Donating, Volunteering, JA Programs, or other ways to partner with us, please give us a call at (704) 536-9668 or email us!