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Junior Achievement seeking nominations for 18 Under Eighteen - November 16, 2021; TRIB | Total Media - Carnergie Signal Item


Junior Achievement launches new career-preparedness programs for students - October 26, 2021; Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement Golf Outing raises nearly $10K - September 30, 2021; The Meadville Tribune
Junior Achievement of Western PA hosts Back-to-School BASH - September 19, 2021; The Observer Reporter
Preparing Students For Economic Success - September 11, 2021; Comcast Newsmakers
Junior Achievement honors educators, supporters - August 13, 2021; The Meadville Tribune

Around Town N'at: Junior Achievement Reopens BizTown - July 6, 2021;Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement looks toward future with JA BizTown reopening - July, 6, 2021; The Almanac

'Such a distinguished group': Four inducted into Business Hall of Fame - June 12, 2021; The Tribune Democrat

Around Town: Junior Achievement and the Food Bank - June 11, 2021; Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania receives about $16,000 to support young people across Erie County - June 1, 2021; WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com


32nd annual Spirit of Enterprise Event Spread - March 12, 2021; Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement's Virtual Inspire Career Fair - February 26, 2021; KDKA

New eateries keep popping up in Erie region despite pandemic - Feb 25, 2021; GoErie

Junior Achievement sees huge increase in career fair participation - January 22, 2021; The Pittsburgh Business Times
KDKA Radio receives 'Spirit of Enterprise Award' from Junior Achievement - January 15, 202; KDKA newsradio 100.1 FM - 1020 AM

Around Town: Junior Achivement presents Spirit of Enterprise awards - January 15, 2021; The Pittsburgh Business Times

Former Pittsburgh Marathon CEO takes over at Junior Achievement of Western Pa. - December 26, 2020; The Observer-Reporter

Meet the Kids Who Have Defied the Odds - January 2021 edition; Pittsburgh Parent

Patrice Matamoros, former Pittsburgh Marathon executive, will lead Junior Achievement - December 8, 2020; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

JA of Western PA announces new president - December 7, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times

Patrice Matamoros Named President, Junior Achievement of Western PA - December 2020; Junior Achievement Press Release

Teen shoppers - November 28, 2020; The Observer-Reporter

Traditional turkey not your thing? Opt for alternate takeout options - November 18, 2020; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Junior Achievement announces Golden Meal Ticket Raffle - November 6, 2020; The Times

Junior Achievement announces Golden Meal Ticket Raffle - November 1, 2020; Star 100.7

Gilfoyle's Viewpoint: Digital mentors give students more access - October 23, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times

JA Biztown: A New Community - October 2, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times

RMU and Junior Achievement Team Up to Make College More Affordable - September 8, 2020; Robert Morris University Newsroom

Organizations with similar mission move into city complex - September 1, 2020; The Tribune-Democrat

Peters Township students' entrepreneurial project benefits Make-A-Wish - August 19, 2020; The Almanac

Junior Achievement of Western PA Creatively Connects Student with Employers August 19, 2020; PA Chamber Foundation

Dennis Gilfoyle with Junior Achievement's Golden Ticket Raffle/$10,000 Pay Out Option - August 10, 2020; KDKA Radio

Junior Achievement adds to raffle prizes August 6, 2020; The Butler Eagle

Junior Achievement Golden Ticket Raffle  August 3, 2020; Pittsburgh Today Live


Page Turners: Profiles of local authors -  July 2, 2020; Go Erie

Chamber's Diamond Award winners featured in Foundations magazine June 26, 2020; Meadville Tribune

Dennis Gilfoyle announces retirement from Junior Achievement WPa. - June 26, 2020; The Record-Argus

Junior Achievement of Western PA leader to retire - June 15, 2020; Meadville Tribune

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania president announces retirement - June 15, 2020; The Observer-Reporter


Yinzer's Night Aht Preview - President And CEO Of Junior Achievement Of Western Pennsylvania Dennis Gilfoyle - June 3, 2020; KDDKA Radio

Dennis Gilfoyle, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, to retire -  June 2, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times 

Dennis Gilfoyle, President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania (JAWPA) Announces Retirement - June 1, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times 

Virtual variety show on June 3 benefits Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania - May 28, 2020; The Almanac

Event on Zoom to benefit Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania - May 28, 2020; The Observer-Reporter

Support Junior Achievement with Yinzer's Night Aht - May 21, 2020; KDDKA Radio

Junior Achievement offers free online school resources - May 16, 2020; Our Town/Daily American

Junior Achievement's new BizTown goes virtual for continuing education - May 4, 2020; The Observer-Reporter

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania to offer resources site - May 2, 2020; The Tribune-Democrat

Junior Achievement Pittsburgh's Golden Ticket - President at Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Dennis Gilfoyle - April 30, 2020; KDKA Radio 

Junior Achievement's new BizTown goes virtual for continuing education - April 27, 2020; The Almanac

Stepping Up: Sharon Regional, JA, Broadway Recovery - April 24, 2020; The Business Journal

Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania provides Free Resource to help teachers, parents, caregivers and students navigate the impact of Covid-19 April 19, 2020; Pittsburgh Parent

Italian-American Society awards scholarships - April 19, 2020; The Observer-Reporter 

Nonprofits, organizations step up to provide students at home with educational content - March 20, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times 

Koppers Announces Retirement of Steven R. Lacy, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary - February 18, 2020; Koppers

Chase branching out in this part of Pittsburgh - February 11, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times 

Heritage foundation announces nearly $32,000 in grant funding distribution - February 10, 2020; Meadville Tribune

Inspiring Awards Luncheon - February 10, 2020; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Vector Security joins Junior Achievement of Pennsylvania to celebrate grand opening of JA BizTown - January 31, 2020; Vector Security

BizTown to help 3,000 Pittsburgh Children Learn About Jobs - January 31, 2020; Pittsburgh Magazine

Kidsburgh Visits JA BiztownJanuary 30, 2020; KDKA TV/ Pittsburgh Today Live

Business Is A Pleasure For Grade Schoolers In 'BizTown' - January 30, 2020; WESA

PPG, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BIZTOWN Partner to Inspire Future Workforce - January 30, 2020; PPG

Claysville students first to participate in JA BizTown in South Fayette - January 30, 2020; The Almanac

ALCOSAN Officially Opens Storefront at the Grand Opening of Junior Achievement of Western PA's BizTown® - January 29, 2020; ALCOSAN

Students go to 'work' as Junior Achievement's BizTown opens in South Fayette - January 29, 2020; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kidsburgh: JA BizTown Teaches Kids To Conquer The Business World -January 29, 2020; Kidsburgh

Clearview to support students, financial literacy with Junior Achievement -January 28, 2020; Clearview Federal Credit Union

Comcast Joins Junior Achievement of Pennsylvania to Celebrate Grand Opening of JA BizTown®January 28, 2020; Comcast

Junior Achievement BizTown preps students for local talent pipeline - January 28, 2020; Pittsburgh Business Times 

Junior Achievement's BizTown Opens Its Doors, Preps Next Generation For Business World - January 28, 2020, Star 100.7

Claysville students first to participate in JA BizTown in South Fayette - January 28, 2020; The Almanac

JA BizTown - President of Junior Achievement of Western PA​, Dennis GilfoyleJanuary 27, 2020; KDKA Radio

BizTown in South Fayette to help students learn about workforce, career options - January 27, 2020; TRIB | Total Media

Junior Achievement of Somerset County kicks off annual fundraising campaign - December 9, 2019; Daily American

Junior Achievement Celebrates Success - November 6, 2019; Erie News Now

Chase plans 25 Pittsburgh branches - October 25, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement begins annual campaign - October 2, 2019; Beaver County Times

Golden Ticket Raffle  August 26, 2019; KDKA Radio

Pittsburgh's Golden Ticket Sports Raffle - PTL - August 22, 2019; Pittsburgh Today Live

Selfies: Winners of the 2019 30 under 30 awards - August 16, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times 

PPG Foundation Invests $1.5 Million in Grants to Support Educational, Community Sustainability Programs - August 16, 2019; Yahoo.com

Women of Erie aims to foster inclusive community - August 11, 2019; Go Erie News

Junior Achievement: Pittsburgh's Golden Ticket Raffle - August 6, 2019; Star Pittsburgh 

People on the Move - August 3, 2019; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Big Lots program to help Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania - July 23, 2019; Trib Live

Junior Achievement awards $161,000 in scholarships - July 5, 2019; Pittsburgh Catholic

Kids in Business - July 2, 2019; South Fayette Connects

Money skills are important for everyone -June 19, 2019; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

CFFC and Chevron present $51,000 in spring grants to area non-profits - June 13, 2019; Herald-Standard

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosts more than 100 girls at 2nd Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day  - May 24, 2019; Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania

Middle school students to play big role in Junior Achievement BizTown - May 2, 2019; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Astry, Soff win Emerging Leader awards at chamber dinner - April 25, 2019; The Meadville Tribune

BizTown community simulation breaks ground in South Fayette - April 23, 2019; Trib Live

Pittsburgh's Golden Ticket Raffle - April 17, 2019; KDKA Radio

4 inducted into Business Hall of Fame in Johnstown - April 13, 2019; WJAC

Outstanding top executives award winner: Richard Riazzi, Duquesne Light - April 13, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times

Directors approve district's share of ICTC's budget - April 12, 2019;  The Indiana Gazette Online

One-third of teens say they could be financially dependent on their parents at age 30 - April 10, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times

Junior Achievement launches educational initiative in South Fayette - April 9, 2019; The Almanac

Outstanding top executives award winner: Carol Jackson, HarbisonWalker International - April 9, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times Online

Junior Achievement launches educational initiative in South Fayette - April 9, 2019;  The Observer-Reporter

#YaJagoffPodcast / There's No Biz Like BizTown - April 9, 2019; YaJagoff!

Kids rule in JA BizTown, where they learn the art of adulting - April 6, 2019; Kidsburgh

BizTown serves as 'dress rehearsal' for life - April 5, 2019; Pittsburgh Business Times Online

Wolf Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking of Mock Town for Students to Learn Workforce Skills - April 4, 2019; PA Department of Community and Economic Development

More than A Third of Teens Don't Believe they will be Financially Independent from Parents by Age 30 - April 3, 2019; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Junior Achievement Inspiring Success Awards - February 11, 2019; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

People on the move: 11/25/2018 - November 26, 201; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

#SEENintheCity - November 19, 2018; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Firm that restored Century Inn receives top architectural award - November 3, 2018; The Observer-Reporter

People on the move: 9/30/2018 - October 1, 2018; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Northeast ONG / ONG Marketplace - September 7, 2018; ONG Marketplace


Golden Ticket Raffle Benefitting Junior Achievement of Western PA - August 28, 2018; KDKA Radio

Golfers Take Part In Junior Achievement of Western PA's Biggest Fundraiser of the Year - July 23, 2018; Erie News Now

Alcoa and American Eagle are hiring. See who else is here - July 8, 2018; NEXT Pittsburgh

Junior Achievement to establish new BizTown in new South Fayette headquarters - June 15, 2018; Pittsburgh Business Times


Junior Achievement leader honored by university women - March 8, 2018; NEXT Pittsburgh

"After Hours: Junior Achievement video premiere" February 22, 2018; Pittsburgh Business Times

"After Hours: Junior Achievement's Inspiring Success Awards" February 2, 2018; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Junior Achievement's Inspiring Success Awards Luncheon" January 29, 2018; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"After Hours: United Way's Hoodies for the Holidays and Junior Achievement's campaign kickoff and career fair" December 8, 2017; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Junior Achievement Awards" November 20, 2017; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Junior Achievement Prepares Students for the "Real World" November 16, 2017; Erie News Now

"Junior Achievement brings career readiness curriculum to Brownsville elementary students" November 12, 2017; The Herald Standard

"Tickets still available for 'Golden Ticket' raffle for ultimate Pittsburgh sports fans" August 22, 2017; Upgruv.com

"The Tale of Tyler Kennedy as Willy Wonkowski in Randyland" July 23, 2017; Pittsburgh Magazine

"Junior Achievement's Golden Ticket" July 11, 2017; Bold Pittsburgh

"Johnstown elementary students learn about careers"  May 26, 2017; WJAC

"Getting our workforce in gear. Western Pennsylvania truly will need more skilled workers in the next decade. Junior Achievement knows how to get them young" February 19, 2017; Pittsburgh Post Gazette 

"Junior Achievement: One Hundred Million Success Stories and Counting" January 27, 2017; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Community Leaders Bring Real-World Education to Local Classrooms" December 8, 2016; Gant News

"Junior Achievement Program Gives Kids Chance To Shine" November 17, 2016; KDKA

"Marcellus Shale Coalition donates $1.1M to Junior Achievement" September 6, 2016; The Pittsburgh Business Times

"Junior Achievement, Marcellus Shale Coalition form partnership" September 6, 2016; The Observer-Reporter

"Junior Achievement program comes to Second District Elementary School" June 8, 2016; The Meadville Tribune

"Baldwin High students' Junior Achievement company succeeds with cell phone accessories" April 27, 2016; Trib Total Media

"Business Hall of Fame inductees forge record of community service" April 16, 2016; The Tribune-Democrat

"Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania" January 21,2016; Our Issues Pittsburgh

"Junior Achievement Career Fair" January 21, 2016; Comcast Newsmakers

"La Roche College Hosts Junior Achievement College Day" November 16, 2015; La Roche College Website

"Junior Achievement Celebrates Success of Young Professionals" October 30, 2015; MBA Business Magazine

"The Meadows selects Junior Achievement as charity partner for annual Race events will benefit programming in Washington County" July 27, 2015; The Almanac

"Teen business titans bring home national championship to Greensburg Salem" June 4, 2015; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Ambridge Junior High Hosts Junior Achievement and Career Day" June 3, 2015; Ambridge Connection

"Baldwin students get down to business with bwINK" April 2, 2015; Trib Total Media

"Careers in Energy Program implentmented in Greene County School" March 15, 2015; The Herald Standard

"Junior Achievement Drive Strives to Help Students" January 29, 2015; The Tribune Democrat

"They Said It: Best Personalities of Pittsburgh" December 19, 2014; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Entrepreneur Club Presents End of Session Showcase" December 11, 2014; The New Pittsburgh Courier

"Huntington Bank employees teach students to 'think ahead, saveNovember 13, 2014; Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"JAWPA, Building Bright Futures for 75 years" November 9, 2014; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

"Weirton Elementary Celebrates Junior Achievement Day" November 6, 2014; WTOV 9

"Junior Achievement Hosts Fund-raiser at Blue Line Grill" September 1, 2014; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"Junior Achievement Embarks on Major Transformation" July 22, 2014; Pittsburgh Business Times

"JA Develops Curriculum to Tell Kids about Career Options" May 9, 2014; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Personalities of Pittsburgh: Dennis Gilfoyle" April 11, 2014; Pittsburgh Business Times

"New Program Teaches Eighth Graders About Shale gas Industry Jobs" April 7, 2014; CBS Pittsburgh

"JA Celebrating 75th Anniversary At Home & Garden Show" March 10, 2014; Pittsburgh Today Live on KDKA-TV

"JA Event Lets 200 Students go on the Job" January 31, 2014; Pittsburgh Business Times

"JA of Western PA Partners with Local Author, CFA Society of Pittsburgh to Bring New Spin to Personal Finance Program" January 23, 2014; North Allegheny Patch

"Heard Off the Street: A financial planning lesson for youngsters" December 22, 2013; Post-Gazette

"JA of Western PA hosts awards dinner" November 19, 2013; Post-Gazette

"Weirton Heights Pupils Get Look Into Business World" October 5, 2013; Weirton Daily Times

"JA to Kickoff 2014 Campaign" September 18, 2013; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Oil & Gas Industry Draft Lesson Plans" September 4, 2013; Post-Gazette

"Win pairs of full season tickets to the Steelers and Pirates and more" August 14, 2013; Pop City

"Northland Program To Teach Tots Basics of Money" August 7, 2013; Tribune-Review

"JA Honored for Energy Program" July 23, 2013; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Born on the Fourth of July" June 29, 2013; Baldwin-Whitehall Patch

"West View Elementary Earns Educational Leadership Award" June 26, 2013; North Hills Patch

"Baldwin-Whitehall Superintendent Honored with JA Award" June 19, 2013; Tribune-Review

"Baldwin-Whitehall Superintendent Chosen as JA Educator of the Year" June 11, 2013; Baldwin-Whitehall Patch

"Business Students Propel Ford City to ‘Challenge' Victory" May 23, 2013; The Kittanning Paper

"JA Mentors Listen, Share Ideas" May 11, 2013; Tribune-Review

"Educators Must Teach Financial Literacy" May 4, 2013; Post-Gazette

"Heard Off The Street: Youths want financial literacy on the syllabus" April 14, 2013; Post-Gazette

"JA Plans Bowl-A-Thon" April 8, 2013; The Observer-Reporter

"Clay shoot at Nemacolin Woodlands to benefit Alexandra's Butterflies" April 3, 2013; Tribune-Review

"JA Bowl-A-Thon to Benefit Washington County Programs" April 2, 2013; Canon-McMillan Patch

"Job Shadow Program Takes Students into the Real World" February 7, 2013; South Hills Record

"AE to participate in JA Job Shadow Day" January 31, 2013; Pittsburgh Business Times

"Tomorrow's Work Force" January 14, 2013; Post-Gazette

"Raising Awareness About Energy Jobs" January 4-10, 2013; Pittsburgh Business Times


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