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Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

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JA of the Michigan Great Lakes'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 Michigan 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 the Michigan Great Lakes!


By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and 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 the Michigan Great Lakes!


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 local school!


JA of the Michigan Great Lakes Spotlight

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy

When: November 5, 2018
Where: Westgate Bowl 4486 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Time: 6:00 - 8:00PM

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy is a party with a purpose, helping local students by providing financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programming! This annual event is a major fundraisr comprised of teams of 5 who bowl for pledges and donations. This year's theme is Movies! Come dressed as your team's favorite movie and win prizes for best costume or even silly contests like most gutterballs. 

Contact Katrina Mahmoud, Special Events Manager @ katrina.mahmoud@ja.org or by phone (616) 575-9080 ext. 238 or Missy Summers, Director of Development @ missy.summers@ja.org or by phone (616) 575-9080 ext. 240

2018-2019 JA Movie Premiere: Wreck-It Ralph 2!

2018-2019 JA Movie Premiere: Wreck-It Ralph 2!

When: Saturday, November 24th
Where: Celebration! Cinema North, Celebration! Cinema South, Celebration! Cinema Carousel
Time: 10AM-12:30PM

Do you want to watch a movie and help students across Michigan? You can do both at JA's Fall Movie Premiere where we will be presenting Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet. 

The majority of the tickets go for free to kids in low income schools and to our charity partners. Kids get to bring their entire families and see a new movie while enjoying popcorn and other treats! Students and their families leave with smiles, having spent half a day with the people they love, having a great time (and maybe winning some awesome prizes!) 

We will be showing Wreck-It 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet in three different locations. 

Celebration! North: 2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Celebration! South: 1506 Eastport Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Cinema Carousel: 4289 Grand Haven Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441

The ticket price is all inclusive of the movie, popcorn, soda, and special activities.

For tickets email katrina.mahmoud@ja.org
9:00 AM Registration Begins 
10:00AM Microphone Greeting and Raffle Giveaways
10:20AM Film starts (after greeting - No Trailers)
12:20PM Departure Time (estimated)

JA Starmakers Breakfast

JA Starmakers Breakfast

When: November 27, 2018
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel in Lansing, MI
Time: 7:30am Registration, Networking 8-9, Program starts at 9


Entertainment, Compelling Stories, and Time Well Spent.

Tables and sponsorships available.

For more information, call (517) 371- 5437



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

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "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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