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Junior Achievement of New York Grows to Meet Demand  By Expanding into Lower Hudson Valley to Benefit Nearly 80,000 K-12 Students  Across its Service Area

The Boards of Directors of Junior Achievement of New York (JA New York) and Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley (JA Hudson Valley), organizations dedicated to enabling students to own their own economic success, have approved a merger, with Junior Achievement of New York continuing as the surviving entity, expanding JA New York’s operations into Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties.  The combined organization will reach nearly 80,000 students this school year over its combined footprint covering an 11-county area spanning the lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

“This merger marks a significant collaborative milestone for JA New York and JA Hudson Valley,” said Joseph A. Peri, President of JA New York. “We are confident that this will be beneficial for both of our organizations and, ultimately for the young people to whom we expect to provide expanded financial literacy, entrepreneurship and college and career readiness programming.”

The Lower Hudson Valley operation will continue to be based and staffed in Tarrytown, NY.  A local Advisory Board composed of business and education leaders is expected to play a significant role in cultivating support from businesses, school administrators and leaders in the local community.

“We are excited about the growth of JA New York to include the communities of lower Hudson Valley,” said JA New York Board Chair and Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Gavin O’Connor. “The area is home to some of New York’s biggest and most respected companies, as well as many successful small and mid-sized businesses, all of which rely on an educated, creative and entrepreneurial workforce.  Junior Achievement helps prepare young people to enter and succeed as members of that workforce.  This merger is a win for students and schools, for companies and volunteers who want to give back, and for the local economy as a whole”.

Christopher Levendos, Head of Network Development and Operations at Google Fiber and Chair of the Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley board, said, “We are looking forward to continuing our rich history of Junior Achievement programming here in the Hudson Valley region, ‘Where Business Works’. Hudson Valley is a distinct community, with a fertile economy and unique needs.  We are proud to continue the tradition of investing in and shaping the economic futures of young people across Hudson Valley and the Greater New York area.”

For more information about our work in the Lower Hudson Valley, please contact Orla Fitzsimons, the Director of Lower Hudson Valley Operations, at or call her at 914-524-9760.  The office address is:


Junior Achievement of New York

12 Hamilton Place, Suite 2

Tarrytown, NY, 10591