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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!

CORPORATE VOLUNTEER

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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INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of the Michigan Great Lakes!

EDUCATOR

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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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS

Not an educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your local school!
 

69,014
STUDENTS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019
2,820
CLASSES LOCALLY
2018-2019
1,734
VOLUNTEERS LOCALLY
2018-2019
328
SCHOOLS reached LOCALLY
2018-2019

JA of the Michigan Great Lakes Spotlight

JA Girls Dream FAir

JA Girls Dream FAir

When: To be determined based on current COVID-19 State and Federal laws
Where: To be determined based on current COVID-19 State and Federal laws
Time: To be determined based on current COVID-19 State and Federal laws

The JA Girls'  Dream Fair will inspire hundreds of seventh and eighth grade girls in the greater Grand Rapids and Lakeshore areas. In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future. As the research suggests this is key in increasing their pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by JA's It's My Future curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions and be inspired to consider STEM for their future.

JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame

JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame

When: June 22, 2020
Where: Amway Grand Plaza
Time: 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Junior Achievement honors Business Hall of Fame Laureates for their leadership and success in business and community involvement. The JA Business Hall of Fame is a black-tie (optional) event that provides Junior Achievement the opportunity to recognize our state's most respected leaders for their commitment to and investment in the community.

The JA Business Hall of Fame laureates are part of a league of outstanding individuals who have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system. Through their actions and accomplishments, the Business Hall of Fame laureates provide inspiration for the next generation as they take the reins of leadership in the years to come.

JA Free Enterprise Golf Invitational and Pebble Beach Raffle

JA Free Enterprise Golf Invitational and Pebble Beach Raffle

When: New Raffle Drawing Date: June 1st, 2020

The Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Golf Invitational and Pebble Beach Raffle is a prestigious annual gofl event and a great way to support an outstanding organization. This year's grand prize for the raffle includes a round-trip for 2 to Pebble Beach Resort! Get your raffle tickets today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • "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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