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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!

CORPORATE VOLUNTEER

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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INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER

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

EDUCATOR

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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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS

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

69,014
STUDENTS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019
2,820
CLASSES LOCALLY
2018-2019
1,734
VOLUNTEERS LOCALLY
2018-2019
328
SCHOOLS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019

JA of the Michigan Great Lakes Spotlight

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy!

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy!

When: November 4, 2019
Where: Westgate Bowling
Time: 5:00 pm Registration, 6:00 pm Bowling Starts

The Junior Achievement Bowling for Financial Literacy presents an opportunity for co-workers to build camaraderie and network with one another and other companies during a fun afternoon at the bowling lanes. 
 
Your fun afternoon helps Junior Achievement STRIKE out financial illiteracy in our future leaders!
 
A team-building and networking opportunity that raises funds to provide curriculum to local students in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship education The Junior Achievement Bowling for Financial LIteracy is a great time and a vital fund-raiser! All you do is select a date, time and location that works best for you and your team(s) — JA takes care of the details!

JA Fall Movie Premiere

JA Fall Movie Premiere

When: November 23, 2019
Where: Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North: 2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids South: 1506 Eastport Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49508 Cinema Carousel: 4289 Grand Haven Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441
Time: 9:00 am Registration & 10:00 am Movie Begins

Do you want to watch a movie AND help students across West Michigan? You can do both at JA's Fall Movie Premiere of Frozen II. You can buy tickets for the event or sponsor at various levels. Tickets include a ticket to the movie, pop, popcorn, and special activities!

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • "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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