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.
Which Way To JA?
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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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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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
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
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.
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 16,000 Western New York students within 174 schools and community sites.
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 Inspiring Tomorrows Centennial Gala
"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."