2020 CENTRAL OHIO BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
View the virtual celebration of our 2020 Hall of Fame Laureates and our 2020 Volunteer and Educator of the Year.
Junior Achievement of Central Ohio's volunteer-led, K-12 programs create real-world experiences that teach financial literacy, ignite an entrepreneurial way of thinking, and build skills for success in careers and in life.
Which Way To JA?
Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Central Ohio by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of Central Ohio!
By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can help connect students' classroom learning to the real world.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Central Ohio!
Quality volunteers from the community guide your students through hands-on programming that inspires students to succeed in the business of life!
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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Central Ohio school!
Why Junior Achievement?
- 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.
- See results of JA programming read the 2016-2017 JA Alumni Report.
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JA of Central Ohio Spotlight
JA's of Ohio Awarded Treasurer Sprague's "Compass Award"
Junior Achievement offices across the state of Ohio collectively became the inaugural recipients of the Ohio Treasurer's Compass Award for our dedication to financial literacy education. A representative from the Treasurer's office visited City Hall in JA BizTown to present JA of Central Ohio's award. Below is a press release from Ohio Treasurer, Robert Sprague.
Presented by Pepper Construction, all proceeds from Casino Night benefit the students of central Ohio! Join us for a fun night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, casino games and prizes!
Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs- A podcast with The Successful Micropreneur
Local Professionals in Westerville Interview Students for JA BizTown
Wilder Elementary School conducted JA BizTown interviews on February 1 with an all-star list of interviewers, including the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Westerville, a School Board member, a local doctor, a veterinarian, an airplane mechanic, a real estate agent, an interpreter, an accountant, a school counselor, a Kiwanis member, and an ESL coordinator.
"I can't think of a better gift for kids than to prepare them for success in the real world." - Aaron Bahe, Columbus City School Teacher
"I loved being the mayor of JA BizTown. I now have a good understanding of how busy business can be." - Gabbie Schneider, JA BizTown Student
"I loved my job as the CFO! It was so much fun. If I did this everyday it would be great!" - JA BizTown Student
"Kids are capable of more than we know. JA is a great way to demonstrate the real life skills they will all need." JA of Central Ohio Volunteer