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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of Central Iowa'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 Central Iowa 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 Central Iowa!


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.

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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Central Iowa!


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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Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Central Iowa school!

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JA of Central Iowa Spotlight

JA BizTown Summer Camp

JA BizTown Summer Camp

When: June-July 2018
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

JA BizTown Summer Camp is an indoor, academic camp geared towards kids ages 10-13 that combines classroom-style teaching with hands-on activities.

JA Finance Park<sup>®</sup> and JA BizTown<sup>®</sup>

JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®

Innovative, bold, relevant. JA Finance Park and JA BizTown is all that, and more. It's a financial literacy laboratory that inspires and prepares youth to succeed. This campus is an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.

Local contractors come together

Local contractors come together

Four Iowa contractors, Academy Roofing, Bailey Roofing Contractors, Inc., Brockway Mechanical and Wood Roofing Company, usually compete for projects, but have joined together to help Junior Achievement of Central Iowa, with a roof repair project estimated at $100,000 of work.

4th Annual JA Bowl-a-Thon

4th Annual JA Bowl-a-Thon

When: October 25th & 26th, 2018
Where: Air Lanes
Time: 4-6pm & 3-5pm

4th Annual JA Bowl-a-Thon presented by LightEdge Solutions presents an opportunity for co-workers to build camaraderie and netowork with one another and other companies during a fun afternoon at the bowling lanes.

  • "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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