Educational Institutions

Junior Achievement of South Central PA

  • York, PA
  • WWW.JASCPA.ORG

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Economic Education

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer

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Tom Russell

Keywords

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education, business, enterprise

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EIN

23-1598129

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

The workforce skills gap has a significant impact on our nation's productivity, economy, and global competitiveness. Junior Achievement is addressing this issue by teaching students how to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to real-world problems and equipping them with the skills they need to be college- and career-ready.

JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our 1,800 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them that they can make a difference in the world.

JA of South Central PA reached over 40,000 students last year in 1,600 classrooms.

Of these, 32,000 students are reached through our K-12 in-class programs. These programs are taught by volunteers in class during the regular school day.

An additional 5,000 students have the opportunity to participate in our experiential learning laboratory, JA BizTown®.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Economic Education

Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they'll face.

Category

Adolescents Only (13-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

None

Budget

$1,200,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    JA's purpose is: "To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy."

    Volunteers: JA's 1,200 classroom volunteers and the 1,000 JA BizTown® volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.

    Proven Success: JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA's effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available, for free, upon request. Summaries of the findings also are published in the JA Programs section of www.ja.org.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our Core Purpose

    The organization's fundamental reasons for existence (why we exist) - not the result of our business, not a goal or a business strategy, but the value we bring to society - the idealistic motivations, the "soul" of the organization

    "To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy"

    Our Core Values

    A small set of timeless guiding principles that require no rational or external justification (how we want to conduct our business). Fundamental, inviolable beliefs of the organization. They define what we stand for and what we would hold onto, even if it became a competitive disadvantage.
    • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
    • Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship
    • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
    • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
    • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
    • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

    Our Long Term Aspiration

    Should stimulate progress and create excitement (requires stretch and growth on the part of the entire organization). Takes 10-30 years of effort to complete, with a 50-70% probability of success. Thinks beyond the current capabilities of the organization, current environmental trends, forces, and conditions.

    To be recognized by businesses, educators, and policymakers around the world as the premier organization for inspiring and preparing young people to become successful, contributing members of the global society, and for uniting people of all nations around the common goals of creating jobs, building stable economies, and providing higher standards of living.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Program Reach: JA of South Central PA reached over 41,000 students last year in 1,600 classrooms.

    Of these, 32,000 students are reached through our K-12 in-class programs. These programs are taught by volunteers in class during the regular school day.

    An additional 5,000 students have the opportunity to participate in our experiential learning laboratory, JA BizTown®. This program consists of 20 in-class lessons of preparation taught by the teacher, followed by a full day of running a life-like city. Volunteers participate in the city as business mentors.

    Volunteers: JA's 1,200 classroom volunteers and the 1,000 JA BizTown® volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of the organization.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Proven Success: JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA's effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available, for free, upon request. Summaries of the findings also are published in the JA Programs section of www.ja.org.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    With a market share of 25%, we are in the top 10 JA offices in the United States. (out of 119) Planned growth calls for us to continue to increase the number of students receiving our programs. Our short term goal is to exceed 50,000 students.

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Financials

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF SOUTH CENTRAL PA INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Junior Achievement of South Central PA

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Principal Officer

Tom Russell

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Tony Campisi

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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