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Junior Achievement


Today is uncertain. Tomorrow represents hopes and dreams
Junior Achievement helps prepare today's students for a bright future.

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

  • 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 Virginia 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 Virginia!

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By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the virtual 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 virtually in your community directly with JA of Central Virginia!


Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to enhance proven, hands-on, teacher-led 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 Virginia school!


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JA of Central Virginia Spotlight

Bowl for JA

Bowl for JA

When: Coming back in-person in 2022!
Where: Multiple Bowling Centers

Bowl for JA is a great way to get your coworkers together for a fun time while raising funds to help JA of Central Virginia reach more students in our community! You build a team, bowl for fun, and are critical to boosting our programs. Join Bowl for JA and build, bowl, and boost!

JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame

JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame

When: May 20th, 2021
Where: Virtual Event
Time: 6:00 PM

Since 1988, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia has annually recognized the most esteemed leaders of the area at the JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame.  The Laureate honorees have experienced business success and established a legacy of leadership within their industries and the community.

Join us in May to honor our new JA Laureates.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

When: September-June
Where: Virtually
Time: Times vary

A want versus a need. How to search for a meaningful career. How to budget. Don't you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU. All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to empower the next generation. JA of Central Virginia provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you!

  • "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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