Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan History

In 1967, a significant partnership between business and education was formed in the Lansing area with the advent of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan. Business leaders and employees were given the opportunity to share their business experiences with teachers and students, bringing economics to life.

From 1967-1979, JA's only activity was the familiar student-run business program, dubbed the Evening Program. In 1967, the initial Evening Program effort attracted various companies and about 120 student participants. Interest and support grew as business firms provided money and advisers.

In 1967, Junior Achievement had approximately 120 students and a $66,000 budget. Today, JA has more than 240 volunteers educating more than 8,300 students across Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties. Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan continues to grow with the help of generous volunteers and donors.

JA now offers more than 15 programs for K-12 students. Our programs are still volunteer-led, and most programs occur in the classroom during school hours.