Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
JA of Central Upstate New York'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.
Which Way To JA?
Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Central Upstate New York 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 Upstate New York!
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 Upstate New York!
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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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Central Upstate New York school!
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JA of Central Upstate New York Spotlight
JA Entrepreneurial Summit
Multiple times a year, JA provides an opportunity for youth from throughout our Region to collaborate with each other - learning from each others' skills and creativity, unlocking their entrepreneurial potential, and providing a roadmap of the entrepreneurial ecosytem in our community.
Students receive a personal mentor to explore the foundational concepts of entrepreneurship, such as market and needs analysis, design thinking, research, funding and even practice pitching their own idea, or they could spend time solving a current business or social issue in our community.
The JA Bowl-A-Thon is a fundraiser that supports JA programs for students here in our region! Whether you use it as a company team-building event or just a fun way for your company or employees to give back, the JA Bowl-A-Thon is a guaranteed good time!
Rochester Business Hall of Fame
In this prestigious event, Junior Achievement will be honoring influential, visionary leaders from the business community that have made a significant impact, outstanding contributions to free enterprise and have set new standards for future business leaders while serving as role models for young people. Their accomplishments demonstrate business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, and community mindedness.
JA Stock Market Challenge
The Stock Market Challenge offers participants a unique and fun opportunity to enjoy team-based decision making during a realistic simulation of the stock exchange.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."