How We Started

Junior Achievement (JA) of Northwestern Ohio is an organization with a long term commitment to bringing together Toledo area business people to instruct and prepare young people for their future success. Beginning in 1946, a few business individuals in Toledo, Ohio initiated the first Junior Achievement program sponsored by 13 Toledo companies providing programming to 185 students. In January 1950, Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio was established giving the local board a broader scope of authority and responsibility.  

A great awareness of the need to educate youth and provide the opportunities to gain a fundamental understanding of their place in the workforce was the spring-board for Junior Achievement's growth. In 1960 the organization expanded to include 12 counties in Northwestern Ohio: Lucas, Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Huron, Seneca, Hancock, Henry, Fulton, Williams, and Defiance. 

Junior Achievement has grown and evolved.  JA provides programming to 25,000 students each school year!  JA of Northwestern Ohio recruits and trains over 1,100 professionals from the local business community to provide JA education programs to Northwestern Ohio youth.

Junior Achievement of Northwestern Ohio functions under the umbrella of Junior Achievement USA, which is the nation's largest and fastest growing non-profit economic education organization.