Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
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.
Which Way To JA?
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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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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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your school!
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania Spotlight
Join this interactive and engaging virtual workshop for learners ages 10-14! Students will work together to build a company with advice each week from local entrepreneurs. At the end of the workshop, the companies will pitch their ideas to the "sharks" and a winner will be decided!
Pittsburgh Golden Ticket – Sports Raffle
We understand that last year was tough, and many of you may not be ready to go back to games next season, so we've added additional cash prize drawings so you can have the chance to make those plans happen!
Inspire Virtual Career Fair
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 reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."