Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania

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Mission

Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success through volunteer delivered programs which give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

Programs and Services

  • Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Inc is dedicated to providing the young people of Western PA with the foundation they need to own their economic success. Too often, the children and students of western PA are left without the foundation that we provide. Our programs focus on Entrepreneurship, Career Readiness and Financial Literacy. We deliver our programs via volunteers from corporations, community leaders, college students and high school students. W & J has provided volunteers.
  • In the previous school year, Junior Achievement of Western PA served over 66,000 students. This includes over 346,000 contact hours. Over 330 schools participated in our programs, including 16 in Washington County. The feed back from volunteers, teachers, school administrators and students in overwhelmingly positive. In addition to the schools, we also deliver our programs through community programs. Last year we partnered with Salvation Army in Washington during their Summer program.
  • We provide programs to students from Kindergarten to 12th grade. Lessons are delivered under two distinct models. Elementary school programs are generally delivered through JA Days, where we deliver five, grade specific lessons over the course of a school day. Most Middle and High School programs are delivered under a weekly model. A volunteer will come to the school on a scheduled day, at a scheduled time each week over 5-7 weeks. However, we work with each school as to best approach.
  • Our lessons provide concepts that children can understand and relate to future decisions about their own financial future. as examples, Second Grade students learn to distinguish between Needs and Wants. Third Grade students get tutored on how to use money with the concepts of Earn, Save, Spend and Donate. Fifth graders are getting lessons on the soft skills needed to be effective in getting and keeping a job and including how to execute a good handshake and how to build a resume.
  • Our students also receive lessons on the concepts around building a business, the education and career options outside of college, including trade school, military, apprenticeships, etc. They learn of Career Paths and Career Mapping. Students at various levels will have to develop a solution to a problem and hen present those solutions to their class. Critical thinking and collaboration are always encouraged.Breaking the chains of poverty and building the leaders of tomorrow is our goal.

Primary Revenue Sources

Corporate Donations (78%), Foundation Funding (16%), Individual Donations

Primary Fundraising Event

Golden Ticket Sales, Golden Meal Ticket Sales, Bowl a Thons, Clay Shoots, Golf

2017 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-0983059
Revenue$2,802,827
Expenses$2,645,584
Net Assets$3,497,514

Contact

Name:Bill Lucas
Title:Vice President of Development
Email:blucas@jawesternpa.org
Website:www.jawesternpa.org
Phone:412-208-4747
Address:5001 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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