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

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Junior Achievement of Western New York's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, 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 New York by helping today's 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 Junior Achievement of Western New York!


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 Junior Achievement of Western New York!


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 Western New York school!


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JA of Western New York Spotlight

JA Stock Market Challenge

JA Stock Market Challenge

When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center
Time: 9:30am – 3:00pm

Presented by Northwest, is an unpredictable ride through the highs and lows of the stock market!  All the energy and excitement of the stock trading floor is simulated in this innovative, high-tech event for high school students.

JA Bowl-A-thon

JA Bowl-A-thon

When: March 7 & 14, 2020

The JA Bowl-A-Thon, presented by Bank of America, is not only a fun event; it is also JA's largest annual peer-to-peer fundraiser. Proceeds from the JA Bowl-A-Thon help JA to provide financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurial programs to over 15,700 Western New York students within 161 schools and community sites.

JA Inspire

JA Inspire

When: April 30, 2020
Where: Buffalo Niagara Marriott

Students in grades 6-8 will have the opportunity to explore high-growth, high-demand careers and what it takes to attain (and keep!) those jobs. Workshops will focus on real-world practices and will be presented by volunteers from the business community. 



JA Finance Park Virtual

JA Finance Park Virtual

Imagine you're a 27-year-old single parent working as an office assistant and making $25,000 a year, or perhaps you are a single 35-year-old regional manager making $65,000 annually. How will you manage your money? Through a series of classroom activities and a virtual experience in JA Finance Park, students experience making real-life financial decisions including choices related to income, expenses, savings & credit.

  • "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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