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Junior Achievement

TOMORROWS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Today is uncertain. Tomorrow represents hopes and dreams
Junior Achievement 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!

CORPORATE VOLUNTEER

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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INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with Junior Achievement of Western New York!

EDUCATOR

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!
 

16,089
STUDENTS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019
778
CLASSES LOCALLY
2018-2019
745
VOLUNTEERS LOCALLY
2018-2019
174
SCHOOLS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019

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JA of Western New York Spotlight

JA Stock Market Challenge

JA Stock Market Challenge

When: April 19-24, 2021

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: Virtual participation welcome

Check back for details about our Winter / Spring Virtual Fundraising events. For more information, contact Courtney McClurg  cmcclurg@jawny.org  

JA Inspire Career Speaker Series

JA Inspire Career Speaker Series

When: Spring 2021
Where: check back for details

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. Virtual presentations will focus on real-world practices and will be presented by volunteers from the business community. 

 

 

JA Inspiring Tomorrows Centennial Gala

JA Inspiring Tomorrows Centennial Gala

Thank you for joining us as we celebated JA's 100th during the JA Inspiring Tomorrow's Centennial Gala on October 29, 2020. 
 
Our Program can be viewed HERE on YouTube

  • "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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