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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of North Central Ohio'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 North Central Ohio 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 North Central Ohio!


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 North Central Ohio!


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 North Central Ohio school!


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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

We have classes and programs that are eager to share in the passion you have as a business person. Visit our Volunteer Opportunity page to see real-time openings for volunteers!

JA Entrepreneurship Challenge & Expo

JA Entrepreneurship Challenge & Expo

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Where: John S. Knight Center
Time: 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM

The culmination of the high school students' year-long JA Company Program journeys, the JA Entrepreneurship Challenge & Expo measures each team's business achievements and members' individual personal development.

Bowl-a-Thon Registration is Open!

Bowl-a-Thon Registration is Open!

When: Thursday May 14, 2020
Where: Akron, Ohio
Time: Registration at 5:30 PM, Bowling 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Join us in support of bringing Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship education to schools within our 15-county footprint.

Golf Classic

Golf Classic

When: Monday, May 18, 2020 & Friday, June 12, 2020
Where: Shady Hollow Country Club (Massillon) & Chenoweth Golf Course (Akron)

Support JA programs and empower young people to succeed in a global economy while enjoying a beautiful day at the one of our two beautiful locations. The four-person scramble format makes it so that everyone will have a great experience! Entertain clients, provide a fun outing for employees or simply take advantage of a summer day outdoors.

  • "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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