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Effective Immediately – All JA CUNY volunteer-delivered programs have been suspended until further notice and all JA CUNY Events have been suspended through April 30th


Thank you for your support of Junior Achievement of JACUNY.  Your investment of time, talent and treasure positively impacts more than 15,000 K-12 students in our 25-county Region.

All decisions to postpone volunteer-delivered programming and events have been made in accordance with the guidelines of the CDC as well as local school districts and counties in which our facilities reside and where our in-class programming and events are taking place.  Our staff have been working diligently to personally contact all JA classroom and event-based volunteers with all pertinent information.  If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please feel free to reach out to any JA staff member.  Contact information can be found at this link HERE

We will continue to update our website with more information about additional resources for educators and parents during these extenuating circumstances, including "virtual" volunteer opportunities and unique opportunities for students to participate in several programs, simulations and competitions remotely.    

If you are currently registered to participate in one of our Bowling Classic dates this Spring, we hope you will continue to participate in a "virtual" manner.  Funding from various bowling events directly impacts our ability to serve students, teachers and parents during this critical time.  More information and incentives to stay engaged will follow!   And for those that are currently fundraising on-line, thank you!!    

Following the recommendations from our various counties, the JA staff will be available from their remote offices until further notice.  Again, please feel free to reach out directly with any questions, concerns, or any opportunities where you feel you can help. 

We thank you in advance for your continued support and understanding, and appreciate all of the critical work being done by our fellow community organizations.  Together we are stronger! 

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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York
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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: March 2021
Where: TBD

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.  

JA Bowl-A-Thon (Postponed more information to follow)

JA Bowl-A-Thon (Postponed more information to follow)

When: March - May 2020
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 2020
Where: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center

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 (Postponed more information to follow)

JA Stock Market Challenge (Postponed more information to follow)

When: April 2, 2020
Where: St. John Fisher College
Time: 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM

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 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."

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