JA Stock Market Challenge | Junior Achievement of Central Illinois

The Excitement of Wall Street in Central Illinois


For the safety of our students, volunteers, and supporters, the annual JA Stock Market Challenge will be a virtual event this year. We need your support to provide essential funding for immediate educational needs as we work with educators to deliver impactful virtual lessons!


  • Junior Achievement will work with educators to deliver teacher-led remote learning programs, remote volunteers (through pre-recorded content or live streamed) and printable resources for student use at home.
  • Sponsorships will be shifted to address the urgent need for educational resources adapted to current circumstances.
  • Junior Achievement will thank sponsors with online recognition and learning will continue for local students!


  • Sponsors can convert their 2020 Stock Market Challenge sponsorship to funding for immediate educational needs and be recognized online. (Contact Sally.Eastman@ja.org)
  • Individuals can set up a team or work as an individual and collect donations to help reach our goal.

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We look forward to joining together for the 2021 JA Stock Market Challenge

The Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge is a unique & dynamic event for students & professionals. The daytime event for high school students in Bloomington-Normal provides young people with the opportunity to experience the stock exchange firsthand. During the evening event, professionals have the opportunity to test their market savviness & enjoy a fun night with colleagues. Proceeds from this event support Junior Achievement programs in McLean County.

How Does It Work?

The Stock Market Challenge is centered on a software system that simulates a 60-day cycle of the stock market and its function of buying, selling, analysis and risk. Every 60 seconds represents a day of trading. Each day brings news from the financial markets challenging teams to analyze and decide what actions they should take. The goal of each team (4-6 players) is to accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio at the close of trading. Due to the volatile market, and the games frantic pace, teams will be pushed to the brink, as they compete to have the largest portfolio by the end of trading. The event is an evening of fun and excitement, where the stakes are high and the competition is fierce. 

Sponsorships Available | Contact: Sally.Eastman@ja.org or 309-682-1800

Student Event - Bloomington Normal

Student Event - Bloomington Normal

Where: Illinois Wesleyan University
Time: Daytime

High school students from McLean County gather for an immersive stock market experience. The morning session consists of lessons to familiarize students with the stock market and the principals of responsible investing. After lunch teams of four will compete in the high-tech stock exchange simulation.

Business Professionals Event - Bloomington Normal

Business Professionals Event - Bloomington Normal

Where: Illinois Wesleyan University

Business professionals and community members gather for a night of fast-paced fun. After food and networking, teams of 4-6 compete in a realistic stock exchange simulation. Teams compete to have the largest portfolio by the end of trading. As one of Junior Achievement's signature fundraising events, the evening is a thrilling way to support local programs and have a great time doing it!


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Corporate Team Sponsors:

Accenture, CEFCU, G&D Integrated, Heights Finance, Heartland Bank & Trust,  Mizell Team State Farm Agency, OSF Healthcare Foundation, PALS, Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo, Blooming Tree Wealth Management

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