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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

Bring More Business Education to Your Students, Virtually

Bring More Business Education to Your Students, Virtually

Visit Penn State Behrend's Black School of Business outreach website - designed to be user-friendly for middle school and high school teachers and students with a variety of engaging resources - vodcasts, presentations, and experiential activities.

Learning standards and objects are identified for all resources to help teachers and their students meet required Pennsylvania System Aligned Standards.

All programming is available from Penn State faculty members, students, and alumni, at no expense to you.

She Leads, She Learns

She Leads, She Learns

When: Multiple Dates

She Leads, She Learns is a program that helps high-school-aged girls discover their passions, potential and power
Fifty select young women will receive a full scholarship to participate in the Intern to VP® Brand and Leadership Development training program, giving them a 10-year head start in life. 
The She Leads, She Learns program culminates with the Empower Her Summit, an expo-style event open to all high school-aged girls. Students will connect with a village of female leaders in the area through engaging workshops and panel discussions surrounding self-image, strength and success. 

JA BizTown®

JA BizTown®

JA BizTown® is a 10,000 sq. ft., fully interactive community simulation that brings to life the business and other elements of what makes day-to-day life successful in our cities and towns. 

Several weeks of classroom learning culminates in a day-long visit to this experiential learning lab, where students in grades 4th-6th become adults for a day.

18 Under Eighteen

18 Under Eighteen

When: February 22, 2021
Where: The National Aviary
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Celebrate eighteen extraordinary students defining their generation through their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and service to their communities! 

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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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