JA Symposiums

The Symposiums are one-day workshops of mentoring, motivation, and opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors. Participants are students who are nominated by their schools.

A typical Symposium includes presentations and speakers, mentoring sessions, and activities that help students gain personal and career success skills. The students who participate have the opportunity to explore a variety of opportunities available to them after high school through their interactions with business professionals.

Throughout the year, seven Symposiums are held to benefit over 1,000 students in South Central Pennsylvania. This program is offered at no cost to the attending schools.  Therefore, volunteers and financial supporters from the local community are vital.


Lebanon Young Men's Symposium -- December 17, 2019
Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA

Lancaster Young Men's Symposium -- December 19, 2019
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA


Lancaster Young Women's Symposium -- October 21, 2019
HACC - Lancaster Campus, Lancaster PA

York Young Women's Symposium - January 19, 2020
Penn State - York Campus, York PA

Lebanon Young Women's Symposium -- TBD

Shippensburg Young Women's Symposium - TBD


Harrisburg Young Women's Symposium - TBD


Northern Tier Young Women's Symposium --  TBD

Click here to view the Sponsorship Opportunities brochure for the Symposium programs



The JA Symposium is a full day of learning activities focused on career exploration and self assessment.
The objective is to help young women and young men better visualize their goals and aspirations.

Local high schools are invited to nominate students to attend this day-long program.


Exploring Educational Pathways Sessions include:

  •  Building a Budget
  •  Confidence Building Activities
  •  Interviewing Skills
  •  Entrepreneurship