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Junior Achievement

Preparing Kids for the Business of Life

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

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JA 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?

Corporate Donor

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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Individual Donor

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

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.
  • See results of JA programming read the 2016-2017 JA Alumni Report.
Why Junior Achievement?

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JA of Central Ohio Spotlight

Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs- A podcast with The Successful Micropreneur

Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs- A podcast with The Successful Micropreneur

Kids have limitless imagination and believe what they can dream, they can create.  Many haven't considered the possibility they can fail. Wouldn't it be great if all entrepreneurs could be so free? Host Mary McCarthy and Mike Davis, President of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio discuss ways to inspire young people to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Columbus CEO Features JA of Central Ohio

Columbus CEO Features JA of Central Ohio

Good coaches start identifying—and even recruiting—players long before they complete their rosters. It's a model corporate leaders also should embrace, says the president of the organization dedicated to empowering young people to own their economic success.

Local Professionals in Westerville Interview Students for JA BizTown

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. 

JA Casino Night

JA Casino Night

When: May 10, 2018
Where: The Grand Event Center
Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

On May 10, 2018 Pepper Construction will host the 9th Annual Casino Night benefitting Junior Achievement of Central Ohio. Join us for a night of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and casino games while raising money to help prepare kids for the business of life! 

  • "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

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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 (614) 704-3707 or email us!