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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of the Michigan Great Lakes's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.


Why Junior Achievement?

JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change in your community:

  • 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
  • 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
  • 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
  • 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Why Junior Achievement?

Which Way To JA?

Corporate Donor

Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Michigan by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.

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Individual Donor

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of the Michigan Great Lakes!


By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.

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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of the Michigan Great Lakes!


Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education.

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Not an educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your local school!


JA of the Michigan Great Lakes Spotlight

JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

When: February 12, 2019
Where: Multiple Locations

The JA Girls' Dream Fair will inspire 300 eighth grade girls in the greater Lansing area (priority is given to those who qualify for free or reduced lunch and may be first-generation college graduates).  In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to female mentors who work in STEM-related fields and show them exciting future possibilities.  As research suggests, this is crucial in increasing girls' pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by the JA It's My Future curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions, and be inspired to consider STEM-based majors and careers in their futures.

Contact Katrina Mahmoud, Special Events Manager @ katrina.mahmoud@ja.org or by phone (616) 575-9080 ext. 238 or Missy Summers, Director of Development @ missy.summers@ja.org or by phone (616) 575-9080 ext. 240

JA Titan Business Challenge

JA Titan Business Challenge

When: February 27, 2019
Where: Multiple Locations
Time: Student Event: 9 a.m. & Adult Event: 6 p.m.

Student Event

Fuel the entrepreneur in you! The Titan Challenge is a day-long business strategy competition for high school students. Teams of three students work with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgling company through the ups and downs of the market. The Titan Challenge draws on a number of skills each team member will need to become a meaningful contributor in tomorrow's workforce: creativity, finance, collaboration, strategy, leadership, and more. This event happens Feb 27, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Davenport Student Center

Adult Event

Join Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes on Feb 27, 2019, for JA Titan Trivia. This is an adult fundraising event at Davenport University's Downtown Campus, 45 Ottawa Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Doors open at 5:00 pm and event starts at 6:00! 

There will be hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and a cash bar.

JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble

JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble

When: June 10, 2019
Where: Spring Lakes Country Club
Time: Shotgun start 10 am

The JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble is an exciting golf event that incorporates golf, prizes, food, and fundraising! At the 20th Annual JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble, you and your guests will play an 18-hole scramble, enjoy the provided lunch and dinner, have an opportunity to win prizes and participate in a silent auction.

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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