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Our Work

Junior Achievement of Berks County & Lehigh Valley
Inspires and Prepares Young People to Succeed in a Global Economy

At no time in recent history has the need for financial literacy and economic education been more evident. With the media constantly relaying stories of home foreclosures and savings lost, we are quickly reminded of the risks of poor personal financial management.

We all know people who are struggling financially. These issues touch people of all walks of life, but leave the financially uneducated the most vulnerable.

Junior Achievement continues to be at the forefront of the fight for financial literacy. With over 50 years of experience in Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton Counties,  JA provides economic education for students of all economic levels through partnerships with educators and volunteers.

The proven result of JA programs is youth who have an increased understanding of our economic system - including the current financial crisis - and how to avoid making similar mistakes in the future.

JA of Berks County & Lehigh Valley will reach over 7,000 students with our relevant economic education programs. We believe that our programs and our dedicated volunteers will inspire tomorrow's leaders to make successful choices today and own their future economic success.  John Hanna, Chairman

Core Programs

With a range of different programs, Junior Achievement teaches about concepts relating to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. 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 classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves.


Pathway to Careers Series

Junior Achievement of Berks County and Lehigh Valley hosts four symposiums annually; two in Berks county, and two in Lehigh Valley. They are divided into young men’s and young women’s symposiums, so as to reach the maximum amount of students possible. Students are invited from all of the school districts’ high schools in their respective county, allowing us to reach a large footprint of young scholars. The programs are a one day workshop of mentoring, motivation, and opportunity for high school sophomores and juniors.



In this 9-week leadership course, 30 high school students (grades 9 – 12) from Berks County, and 30 students from Lehigh County, are granted scholarships through Dale Carnegie Training, to build skills that will last them a lifetime.