Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Readiness
Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower young people to own their economic success.
We are the passionate people behind a movement that seeks to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. Located in beautiful southwestern Virginia, our office is part of Junior Achievement USA, whose national headquarters and Service Center in Colorado Springs, CO provides support for 109 local offices that carry out the mission. Our international affiliate serves more than 100 countries with offices around the world.
Altogether, Junior Achievement reaches approximately 5.2 million students worldwide
Fulfilling the Mission
Locally, in our 60 year history, JA programs are the first to expose a child to the work world and for that reason, we want to make certain students get the exposure to lifelong lessons that will shape their adult life choices. The JA program is offered to the schools free of charge and we are actively securing funds throughout the year. JA of SW VA does not charge membership fees nor is it funded by the United Way, but is dependent on funding from corporations, foundations and individuals and public support from participation in our three scheduled special events: Bowl A Thon, Golf Tournament, and the Business Hall of Fame dinner.
Over 400 volunteers from the local business community go into kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms to help students better understand how business works. Our volunteers not only present JA materials and lessons that are fun and informative for the students, but they also serve as role models, sharing their own business experience to help students beter understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their success in later life.