About JA | Junior Achievement of Central Iowa

 WE BELIEVE

 

  ….in the boundless potential of young people

     ….in relevant and experiential learning  

        ….in the power of partnership

                View "Inspiring Tomorrows"

OUR MISSION is to empower Central Iowa youth with an entrepreneurial mindset, financial capability and foundation for career success so that they can create a bright and fulfilling future. View our "mission metric," the Youth Empowerment Index (Coming Soon!)

 

 

WE CONNECT   business and school communities through our volunteer network to deliver relevant, inspiring and standard-aligned educational experiences for K-12th grade students.                              

OUR PARTNERS invest in our work because they see Junior Achievement youth as the talent pipeline that will advance companies, communities and the economy. Donate, Invest in our Mission

 

 JA ALUMNI are more likely to start businesses and have higher levels of educational attainment, household income and career satisfaction.

View the JA Alumni Report.

 

Junior Achievement Facts

What Is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 106 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Purpose

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Leadership

Ryan Osborn is the President of JA of Central Iowa. Mr. Kent Lehr, VP of Strategy and Business Development of UnityPoint Health is the Chairman of the JA Central Iowa Board of Directors.
Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. 

Proven Success

Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement's effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Program Reach

In 2018-2019 JA of Central Iowa had 156 schools reached locally, 19,835 students reached locally, and a total of 270,815 program hours locally. 
Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 106 Area Offices in all 50 states. 

A Brief History

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.

Organization Overview

 JA of Central Iowa was founded in 1955.
Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 106 JA Areas across the nation. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office.

Volunteers

Locally, JA of Central Iowa had 2,194 volunteers in 2018-2019.
Nationally, Junior Achievement's 237,680 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization. 

JA of Central Iowa Team

Leadership

Get to know our President! 

 

Leadership

STAFF

Our staff is committed to making your experience working with us absolutely the best!

JA Staff

BOARD

Our Board Members includes the finest business and individual leaders in our community.

JA Board

More About Junior Achievement

Financials AND Annual Reports

We've consistently received high grades for accountability and transparency.

JA Financials

 

Careers

Join us on our mission to empower youth and create robust communities.

JA Careers

 

Communitites We Serve

View the communities we reach with our programs.

Communities JA Serves

 

Diversity Statement: Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in "empowering young people to own their economic success®" through volunteer-led, experiential learning. We are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers and potential staff regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

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

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "One of the best field experiences in my 13 years of teaching!"

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "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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