Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Central Illinois
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
JA of Central Illinois'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.
Which Way To JA?
Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Central Illinois by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.
— OR —
Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of Central Illinois!
By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.
— OR —
Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Central Illinois!
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.
— OR —
LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Central Illinois school!
Watch the Video
JA of Central Illinois Spotlight
JA Scares & Spares Bowl-a-Thon
Have a scary good time and bowl for Junior Achievement! Companies and individuals can form teams of up to 6, collect pledges online for JA, and have a spooktacular time at JA's one of a kind bowling spectacular. Frightful fun is in store with bowling, food, and prizes. Sponsorships are also available at various levels.
Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame
In this prestigious event, Junior Achievement will be honoring influential, visionary leaders (individual or organizations) from the business community that have made a significant impact, created new opportunities, and elevated the educational landscape for youth in their communities in regards to financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness.
Calling all JA Alumni!
Did JA make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"
Dollars Make Sense
A month long financial literacy campaign to help parents share financial literacy information with children. This event takes place throughout the month of April and includes tips, links, and games that teach how to stay money smart.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."