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Junior Achievement of Northern California
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of Northern California'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 Northern California 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 Northern California!


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 Northern California!


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 Northern California school!


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JA of Northern California Spotlight

Job Shadow At Genentech

Job Shadow At Genentech

Thank you, Genentech for providing 140 students from South San Francisco & El Camino High Schools, such a wonderful, engaging, hands-on JA Job Shadow experience for the 20th consecutive year! 


JA Tech and Innovation Day

JA Tech and Innovation Day

When: November 8, 2018
Where: San Mateo

This one-day tech immersive camp will provide San Francisco high school students with workforce readiness education and exposure to emerging career paths in STEM. Through hands-on workshops, mentor driven discussions and a gallery exhibit of innovation projects from the Bay Area's most notable tech incubators, students will become more prepared to enter the future workforce.

Introducing JA Finance Park Mobile

Introducing JA Finance Park Mobile

The JA Finance Park program is composed of 13 required teacher-taught, in-class lessons. It culminates in a hands-on budgeting simulation the JA Finance Park Mobile site where students apply classroom learning by creating a family budget based on a hypothetical life situation. 

JA NorCal team won third place at Nationals!

JA NorCal team won third place at Nationals!

If you haven't already seen yet on JA's various social media channels, I would like to announce our NorCal team Silicube won 3rd place Company of the Year at the National Student Leadership Summit!

Congratulations Silicube, Co! The Santa Clara County students represent Ilumin Education and founded Silicube, Co. as part of their participation in JA Company Program®, in which high school students start and run a real business enterprise under the guidance of a volunteer from their local business community. Read the press release here.

  • "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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