Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania


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Mission Statement

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

For nearly a century, Junior Achievement has been helping young people set their courses for a successful financial future by teaching them real-world skills to ensure their success in the global economy. By understanding the concepts of business, economics, and communication, their overall quality of life is ultimately improved.


The students got a real idea of what a corporate office is like and some of the tools and technology they will use in the future.

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A nonprofit and volunteer-driven organization, Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania (JANEPA), Inc., teaches entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness to nearly 11,000 K-12 grade students each school year. Its programs, which also teach career awareness, business finance, and business operations, are taught by classroom volunteers who bring their experiential knowledge to the curriculum.

JA Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education

Built in 2007 by a generous $3.75 million donation by the Robert K. Mericle family, JANEPA is housed in the 15,000 square foot JA Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education located in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park West, Pittston Township.

JANEPA’s Elementary School programs provide the foundation for future learning by introducing students to the concept of money, goods and services, and the skills that can guarantee a bright future.

Through the popular JA BizTown®, 5th-grade students get to participate in a virtual town. During their one-day visit, they elect a mayor, apply for jobs, work in banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and more.

Its middle school programs build on the previously learned ideas but take it a step further. Here, the 6th- through 8th-grade students develop vital communication skills and learn how to be proactive with their educational and professional futures. JA Finance Park® is a month-long program that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of the teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park®, at the JA Mericle Family Center for Enterprise Education, to put into practice what they have learned by developing and committing to a personal budget.

With their adult lives set to take off, participating high schools can select from a number of programs that serve as a launching pad into maturity. A few include JA Career Success®, JA Finance Park®, and JA Be Entrepreneurial® which challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture.

As a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization, Junior Achievement relies on donations to continue its pioneering work. To this end, each year it holds a Business Hall of Fame Dinner and Awards Ceremony to raise funds. Recent winners have included Entrepreneur of the Year Rich Golden, from Golden Technologies; Business Hall of Fame Honoree Joyce A. Fasula, of Gerrity’s Supermarket; Partnership Award recipient UGL; and Outstanding Sponsor Award winner PNC Bank.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania, visit: www.juniorachievement.org

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