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Junior Achievement Inspires students during Catholic Schools Week

During the week of January 29, Junior Achievement (JA) and Diocesan schools throughout the region partnered to teach elementary and middle school students lessons about careers, money management and business ownership. 

During this school year alone, over 25 Diocese of Pittsburgh schools will participate in JA programs reaching 4,725 students.  During Catholic Schools Week, 13 schools will host “JA Days” where the entire school day is dedicated to JA lessons taught by corporate and community volunteers.  Age appropriate, hands-on lessons immerse children in a learning experience that is engaging and helps bridge the gap between classroom theory and real-world application.  Many of these trained classroom volunteers are Catholic school parents, high school students from Bishop Canevin, Seton LaSalle and Serra Catholic, Duquesne University students and local business and community members. 

We are proud that JA’s partnership with the Diocese of Pittsburgh Schools started over 75 years ago.  During Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s tenure in Pittsburgh, as a JA student himself in high school, JA’s participation with Diocesan schools increased substantially.  Today this partnership now includes the Diocese of Erie, Greensburg and Johnstown and reaches nearly 9,000 students in western PA each year. Students that participate in the JA programs are eligible to apply for scholarships to continue their education in Catholic diocese schools.

Junior Achievement programs are time-tested and rigorously evaluated.  We have scientific proof that JA programs help young people better plan for their future and inspire them to be contributing members of our community.  These are just a few of the reasons that Diocesan school systems value the partnership between their schools and JA.

Seton La Salle High School Students instruct St. John Bosco Academy third grades in JA Our City

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