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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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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.
Why Junior Achievement?

Which Way To JA?

Corporate Donor

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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Individual Donor

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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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

JA Entrepreneurial Summit

When: November 20, 2019
Where: Monroe Community College – Brighton Campus

The Third Annual JA Entrepreneurial Youth Summit will help students draw on their skills and creativity, unlock their entrepreneurial potential and plant the seeds for future entrepreneurial thinking.
JA will leverage its latest curriculum, JA It's My Business®, and explore foundational concepts such as market and need analysis, design thinking, research, funding, and developing a business model canvas.

JA Bowl-A-Thon

JA Bowl-A-Thon

When: March - May 2019
Where: Rochester, Syracuse & Elmira

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

Rochester Business Hall of Fame

When: October 21, 2019

In this prestigious event, Junior Achievement will be honoring influential, visionary leaders (individual or organizations) from the business community that have made a significant impact, created new opportunities, and elevated the educational landscape for youth in their communities in regards to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness.

The Junior Achievement Discovery Center

The Junior Achievement Discovery Center

To meet our region's most pressing needs—including a lack of skilled workers in a variety of industries and unprecedented generational poverty—we're bringing two of Junior Achievement's most impactful,  proven programs to our area.

  • "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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