Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley
Over 60 Years of Connecting Kids with Business
Junior Achievement of Trumbull County, Inc. was founded on October 9, 1952. Junior Achievement of Youngstown, Inc. began operations in 1954. Until the mid 1970's, Junior Achievement only offered one program for high school students. This program, called the JA Company Program, provided an opportunity for students to form their own businesses, produce, market and sell a product and experience the decision making needed to run their own business. Adult business volunteers called advisors provided guidance and supervision. Student companies met weekly, one evening per week throughout the school year.
During the 1970's and 1980's, Junior Achievement expanded its program offerings to include a middle grades program called Project Business, a new high school program called Applied Economics and Business Basics, a program for fifth grade students. These new programs were delivered during the school day in local classrooms by volunteer consultants.
In 1993 Junior Achievement of Trumbull County, Inc. and Junior Achievement of Youngstown, Inc. united to form Junior Achievement of Mahoning Valley, Inc. The newly formed organization services Trumbull, Mahoning, Columbiana and Ashtabula Counties.
In the 1990's Junior Achievement's Business Basics program was expanded to become Junior Achievement's Elementary School Program. New programs became available for kindergarten through grade six. Project Business evolved into four separate programs for students in grades 7-9. Additional High School programs such as JA Success Skills and JA Job Shadow were created.
Since 2000, Junior Achievement has increased its in-school and after-school to over 20 program offerings. Technology enhancements have been included in many JA programs.
JA's financial literacy, work-force readiness and entrepreneurship programs are for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The dynamic interaction between the volunteer and the students promotes active learning and brings theory to life.