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Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of South Central Kentucky'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.


JA of South Central Kentucky Event Spotlight

Penguin Plunge

Penguin Plunge

When: TBD
Where: TBD

Are you brave enough to take #ThePlunge into an ice cold pool for Junior Achievement?  The event is centered around raising funds and awareness for Junior Achievement's life-changing programs on money, jobs, and business ownership for Kindergarten through 12th grade students in South Central Kentucky.

JA Business Hall of Fame

JA Business Hall of Fame

When: March 23, 2021
Where: The CW, JA + WBKO websites and Facebook pages
Time: 12 pm CT

In 1992, the Business Hall of Fame was created to honor the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary South Central Kentuckians.  Hall of Fame laureates are nominated by members of the community and then selected by an independent committee.

JA Inspire Virtual

JA Inspire Virtual

When: December 4, 2020
Where: Virtual!

JA Inspire Virtual is a virtual career and post-secondary institution fair that will introduce 3,000 high school juniors and seniors from our service area to local businesses as a way to promote work readiness and keep jobs in South Central Kentucky.  JA Inspire is one way to ensure that our young people see that the workforce includes them, that they have a stake in the economy, and that they are vital to our future. 

Chili & Cheese Luncheon

Chili & Cheese Luncheon

When: October 8, 2020
Where: Montana Grille TAKEOUT ORDERS ONLY
Time: 11am - 1pm

This year's event might look different than in years past, but you still have a chance to show your support for the Tops and JA!   For $6 (sales tax included) you get a takeout meal of a bowl of Wendy's chili, a grilled cheese, a dessert, and a soft drink! Please pre-order your takeout meals online at alumni.wku.edu/cc20.  Day-of orders are limited. Proceeds benefit Junior Achievement.


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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 South Central Kentucky 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 South Central Kentucky!


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 South Central Kentucky!


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 South Central Kentucky school!

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  • "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