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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!
 

63,882
STUDENTS reached LOCALLY
2017-2018
2,528
CLASSES LOCALLY
2017-2018
1,674
VOLUNTEERS LOCALLY
2017-2018
277
SCHOOLS reached LOCALLY
2017-2018

JA of the Michigan Great Lakes Spotlight

JA Pitch Day

JA Pitch Day

When: April 22, 2019
Where: Consumers Energy's John G. Russell Leadership Center
Time: 9am - 2pm

JA Pitch Day is a competition where qualified student teams who participated in a 2018-2019 JA Company Program from the Michigan Great Lakes region will be pitching their business plans to local entrepreneurs and business professionals. These select students have worked diligently alongside their peers, dedicated volunteers and educators for an entire semester to ensure they successfully transformed a need within their community into a product or service.

JA Business Hall of Fame

JA Business Hall of Fame

When: May 20, 2019
Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotal
Time: Reception 6:15pm, Dinner and Program 7:15pm

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 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

JA Free Enterprise Golf Invitational

When: May 6, 2019
Where: Wuskowhan Players Club, West Olive
Time: 10 am - 5pm

The Free Enterprise Golf Invitational is a prestigious golf outing in which guests get to spend an afternoon with business leaders.

Feel like royalty. Our course host, the private and exclusive Wuskowhan Players Club, offers a level of service unmatched by any other club in West Michigan.
 
Feel like a pro. As one of the 22 invitation-only foursomes, you'll have full command of this award-winning golf course.
 
By helping Junior Achievement raise funds, you're helping us reach approximately 63,000 Michigan youth. You'll be giving our children the gift of knowledge, understanding, and foresight.
 
Location: 1611 Blair Street, West Olive, MI 49460

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • "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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