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Junior Achievement First-Ever Lemonade Stand at the Super Bowl

FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year Nominee Alfred Morris, Alongside Donald Driver, Join Young Entrepreneurs Serve Lemonade and Advance Small Business Skills (via Junior Achievement USA)

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FedEx Corp recruited NFL stars and teamed up with Junior Achievement to open the first-ever pop-up lemonade stand in the heart of the Super Bowl XLVII Media Center in New Orleans, giving students the opportunity to run their own small business in one of the most highly-trafficked venues of the Super Bowl city. Running back Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins (a FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year nominee)  and Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers helped run the pop-up lemonade stand with local JA students.

The pop-up lemonade stand was part of the celebration of the 10th year that FedEx has sponsored the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week awards and its ongoing support of today’s small business owners and students. Since 1996, FedEx has donated more than $10 million dollars to Junior Achievement Worldwide in support of small business and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, in part through the FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Week program.

The FedEx Air & Ground Players of the Year will be announced during the “2nd Annual NFL Honors,” a nationally televised awards show airing Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. The 2012 FedEx Air NFL Player of the Year nominees are quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, and the 2012 FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year nominees are running backs Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson. FedEx will make two $25,000 donations in the names of the winning players to the Junior Achievement offices in their NFL cities.

DePaul student shares his perspective on volunteering

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One of our fantastic university volunteers, Tim Littman, recently blogged about his experience with JA on DePaul University’s blog, “DeBlogs.” Read what he had to say about his experience volunteering in a 4th grade classroom below.  

Last week I was given the opportunity to lead and participate with a volunteer organization called Junior Achievement. In this event, I volunteered with my fraternity and KPMG, a professional services firm in Chicago. The volunteers and I had an amazing time volunteering at St. Sylvester Elementary School and I would like to share my experience with you all.

Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to teaching financial literacy and basic business concepts to students from kindergarten all the way up to high school.  Looking back at my pre college education, I always wish I was given the opportunity to learn about business before college. It is something that is barely taught at all before college. One of the best parts about this event is that Junior Achievement supplies all of the materials and lessons for the students. The students love the materials and they are fun to teach as well.

Prior to the event, we had a training session at KPMG’s office in Chicago. Honestly, the views from their office are some of the best in Chicago. It was great to have a firm willing to support DePaul for this event and Beta Alpha Psi and I greatly appreciated it.

The school we were at was called St. Sylvester Elementary School. It was located in Logan Square in a low income, Hispanic neighborhood. The students there were some of the best behaved students I had ever seen at an elementary school. At the event, I taught fourth graders and had a blast. Teaching them about entrepreneurship and the United States’ resources, the other teachers and I had a blast teaching the students. The students had a great time as well. We played games where we had students pretend to be the manager of a hot dog place and also had them make a fortune teller. Not only did the students enjoy it, they learned a lot as well.

This event was a huge success. We helped over 150 students that day! The students really showed me the importance of education at the elementary level. These students had a strong desire to learn and I felt great being a part of that.

January Board of Directors Meeting

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Great support, turnout, and student speakers!

We hosted our first Area Board of Directors Meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 15th at the Union League Club of Chicago.

Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder, is Chairman of our Major Gifts Campaign this year and provided us with an update on the giving campaign.

Leslie Tieszen, Senior Manager of Community Affairs at Capital One presented JA with a generous check for $106,000. Capital One is also sponsoring the launch of JA’s Finance Park Virtual, as well as JA’s Titan Competition this spring.

Christine Mikel, who is a JA classroom volunteer and the Director of Community Outreach for DeVry, spoke at the meeting. Seventh grade students, Sascha Chau and Preston Harden from Courtenay Language Arts Center Elementary (which is a Whole School sponsored by DeVry in Chicago) also presented before the board.

Thank you to all attendees, supporters, and our fantastic board members for making the day great!

Learn more about our wonderful Area Board.

Accenture Grants Junior Achievement USA $1.1m To Support Work Readiness Program For High School Students Across The U.S.

Junior Achievement of Chicago is one of just 15 locations nationwide that will pilot Junior Achievement’s new, national work-readiness program, underwritten by a $1.1 million grant from Accenture. This new program will enable high school students across the United States to gain the skills necessary to secure employment and build a successful long-term career. During its first year of implementation, the program is expected to reach approximately 85,000 students nationally.

“Students who participate in this program will gain vital career and life skills, including problem solving, critical thinking and conflict management,” said Michael Scimo, a JA of Chicago board member and North American human capital and diversity lead of Accenture.  “We share Junior Achievement’s commitment to educating young people and giving them the skills to connect to the workforce in a meaningful way.”

The award, which consists of cash as well as the time and skills of Accenture employees, reflects Accenture’s corporate citizenship initiative, Skills to Succeed, which will equip 250,000 people around the world by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. The new curriculum will combine career exploration and work readiness skills through hands on, interactive program activities including a new technology platform to more effectively reach students in both the classroom and remotely.

We look forward to providing this new curriculum to Chicago area students, and are so grateful for Accenture’s support!

JA Scholarship Opportunities Posted – Apply Today!

Junior Achievement of Chicago 2011 Scholarship Awards Breakfast

Junior Achievement of Chicago offers local scholarship awards to students based on qualities such as achievement, leadership, career potential, and financial need.  Winners of JA scholarships are also selected on the basis of scholastic ability, participation in a Junior Achievement program, and organizational or extracurricular activities.

The top award, the Colonel Henry Crown Scholarship, provides $20,000 over the course of four years at an accredited college and includes a paid summer internship at a Henry Crown affiliated company.

Visit our scholarship page to learn more!

JA’s Bowl-a-Thon Season Kick-off


JA Chicago kicked off the 2013 Bowl-a-Thon season with a Monopoly themed kick-off event of over 30 sponsoring company representatives gathering to celebrate their achievements and focus on how to make next year’s fundraising efforts even more successful.   After a delicious hot breakfast generously provided by 10Pin Bowling Lounge and a presentation delivered by two exceptional JA students, the ideas and best practice sharing were underway.

This year, company coordinators are planning to increase donations at their events through the following avenues:

  • Leverage executive support to increase participation
  • Encourage online donating
  • Capitalize on competitions between departments
  • Display the JA mission

The top 10 Bowl-a-Thon companies were also announced by our student representatives.  The winners were unveiled and displayed on the 2013 Top Ten Towel; another giveaway provided to folks who show up to bowl on behalf of Junior Achievement.

For more information on how to set up a Bowl-a-Thon for your company contact

Ann Kniola at 312-715-1300 x 260 or akniola@jachicago.org.

Annual Chicago Business Hall of Fame - Accepting Nominations!

We induct exceptional business leaders. Be a part of it today.

Hall of Fame 2012



The Chicago Business Hall of Fame is a unique event in the city of Chicago, where more than 400 attendees gather to recognize Chicago's most distinguished business leaders. Laureates are honored for their leadership in free enterprise, success in business, and community involvement. Past recipients include entrepreneurs, CEOs, and presidents of both public and private companies who have achieved extraordinary success. Past recipients include entrepreneurs, CEOs, and presidents of both public and private companies who have achieved extraordinary success.  Learn more about this event.

Submit the Nomination Document or Get More Information:

Download the nomination document and send to a JA contact:

Ann Kniola: 312-715-1300 x 260 or akniola@jachicago.org

Tom Staab: 312-715-1300 X 256 or tstaab@jachicago.org

Nominations are due January 18, 2013. 

Where the Pros Go: JA's Annual Golf Outing

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Mark your calendars for a day full of entertainment and camaraderie at JA's Golf Outing- a round of golf on a renowned Championship course, paired with great food including breakfast, lunch, cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres, and a silent and live auction. Last year's Golf Outing drew outstanding support from Chicago-based companies. Be a part of the fun this year! Learn more about this event.


  • AT&T
  • CDW Corporation
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc.
  • PepsiCo
  • United Airlines

Sponsor a Foursome

Download the registration form and send to a JA contact:

Natalie McManus: 312-715-1300 x 224 or nmcmanus@jachicago.org

Tom Staab: 312-715-1300 X 256 or tstaab@jachicago.org

Payments may be processed in 2012 or anytime before August 12, 2013.

Join Us for the 19th Annual Day At The Races

A Spring Day at Arlington Park Supporting JA!

Day at the Races 2012


Each year, hundreds of guests show their support for JA at Arlington Park Race Track while networking and mingling amongst friends, colleagues, and clients.  Enjoy the excitement of thoroughbred racing and the gorgeous setting of Arlington Park, while experiencing exciting first-rate service in the Sky Suite level, a delicious buffet and open bar, and the opportunity to bid on auction items!  Learn more about this event.


  • AT&T - Executive Suite
  • Baxter International Inc. - Beverly D. Suite
  • BDT Capital Partners - Executive Suite
  • Hyatt Hotels Corporation - Executive Suite
  • IDEAL Industries - Executive Suite
  • Illinois Tool Works Inc. - Executive Suite
  • Northern Trust - Secretariat Suite
  • Pepper Construction Company
  • PepsiCo  - Executive Suite
  • Turtle Wax, Inc. - Executive Suite

Make Your Suite Reservations or Book Your Individual Tickets

Download the reservation form and send to a JA contact:

Sarah Hotchkiss at 312-715-1300 x 259 or shotchkiss@jachicago.org

Tom Staab at 312-715-1300 X 256 or tstaab@jachicago.org

Payments may be processed in 2012 or anytime before May 10, 2013.

Welcome to the new Junior Achievement of Chicago website

We are excited to launch the new Junior Achievement of Chicago website! This website is designed to be easier to navigate, learn about JA, and get involved. On our blog, we will be sharing stories about JA’s impact with our partners and dedicated volunteers in our communities

Thanks for supporting Junior Achievement and future of Chicago area youth!

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