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 900 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.


JA's Young Men's Futures Symposium

Central YMFS -- December 18, 2018
Lebanon Valley College, Annville PA

Lancaster YMFS -- December 19, 2018
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA


JA's Young Women's Futures Symposium

Lancaster YWFS -- October 4, 2018
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown PA

York YWFS - January 4, 2019
Penn State York 

Central YWFS -- March 4, 2019
Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA

Shippensburg YWFS - March 11, 2019
Shippensburg University

Harrisburg YWFS - April 8, 2019
Central Penn College

Northern Tier YWFS --  April 10, 2019
Silver Moon Banquet Complex (Lewisburg)


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 PathwaysSessions include:

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