About Our Office
Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
What is Junior Achievement?
JA (Junior Achievement) is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship, through experiential, hands-on programs.
JA's purpose is:
"To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy."
JA of South Central PA covers fourteen counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, and York County.
JA of South Central PA reached over 86,000 students in 2,600 classrooms in 2016-17. This year we are on track to reach over 100,000 students..
Last year, 86,000 students were reached through our K-12 in-class programs. These programs are taught by volunteers in class during the regular school day.
An additional 8,000 students had the opportunity to participate in our experiential learning laboratory, JA BizTown®. This program consists of 20 in-class lessons of preparation taught by the teacher, followed by a full day of running a life-like city. Volunteers participate in the city as business mentors.
At the high school level over 18,000 students participated in the STEM Summit and REAL Life programs. These programs are one day events held in the high school gym.
An additional 9,000 students participated in our newest program for the middle grades. This program is called YES! which stands for your economic success. Every student at grade level particpates in these daylong events.
JA's 2,500 classroom volunteers, 1,700 STEM Summit volunteers, 1,200 REAL Life volunteers and the 1,000 JA BizTown® volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization. This year this number will be over 8,000 volunteers in total.
JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA's effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available, for free, upon request. Summaries of the findings also are published in the JA Programs section of www.ja.org.
Bill Yanavitch, SVP Human Resources at Glatfelter, is Chair of the JA of South Central PA Board of Trustees. Tom Russell is President and chief executive officer. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the organization. Additionally, there are Regional Councils in York, Lancaster/Lebanon, and the Greater Harrisburg Area. The Regional Councils serve as liaisons to the communities they serve.
JA of South Central PA operates on a $2.0 million annual budget; the majority of this funding comes from corporations and foundations. Junior Achievement is a business based non-profit.
JA Worldwide® is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. The Headquarters office provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to approximately 2,700 employees worldwide. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. For information on JA Worldwide® you can visit www.ja.org.
One of the benchmarks used by Junior Achievement is market share. This statistic looks at the percentage of students in the market that are participating in a JA program during the year. It takes the total JA students reached and divides that by the total K-12 student population. In JA of South Central PA's case, there are 350,000 students in our 95 school districts. (this includes private and home school students). Our market share is 19%. The national average is 9%.
Of the 109 JA offices in the United States, JA of South Central PA ranks in the top 20.