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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of Western Pennsylvania's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster workforce development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.


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 western Pennsylvania by helping 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 Western Pennsylvania!


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!


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 school!


Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Spotlight

JA Bowl-a-Thons

JA Bowl-a-Thons

Select a date, time, & location and we'll take care of the rest. This is a great way to get your company or organization together for some fun while raising money for students in your community. Anyone can participate! Invite friends, family and co-workers to this one-of-a-kind fundraiser.

Pittsburgh Golden Ticket – Sports Raffle

Pittsburgh Golden Ticket – Sports Raffle

When: April 1, 2021

Take advantage of living in the City of Champions! You could be the lucky winner of two season tickets to major and and semi-professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and many more!

JA Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony

JA Spirit of Enterprise Dinner and Awards Ceremony

When: November 6, 2020
Where: The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh & Online
Time: Reception 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm

The mission of JA's Spirit of Enterprise dinner and award ceremony is to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations from Western Pennsylvania who have made, or are positioned to make outstanding contributions to the business, social and cultural assets of this area. The honorees have exhibited strong leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and adhere to a high level of ethical principles.

JA BizTown®

JA BizTown®

JA BizTown®, a fully-interactive community simulation that brings to life the business and other elements of what make day-to-day life successful in our cities and towns. The 10,000 sq. ft. JA BizTown® facility will be adjacent to the JA Office at Abele Business Park in South Fayette Township, PA and serve schools in the greater Pittsburgh, Erie and Johnstown/Altoona regions, welcoming more than 12,000 students in grades four through six each year. 

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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

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