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TOMORROWS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER

Today is uncertain with schools closing. But tomorrow represents hopes and dreams with Junior Achievement's newly released online educational materials.

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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

Free Enterprise Center

Free Enterprise Center

Where: 4090 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes broke ground on September 30th, 2020 on the new $12.9 million Free Enterprise Center.

The 35,000-square-foot building at 4090 Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI will serve as the regional staff headquarters and will house three experiential learning labs for students across West Michigan.

Over 20,000 students from across West Michigan are expected to visit the center each year.

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

When: June 14, 2021 Raffle Drawing

The Free Enterprise Golf Invitational and Pebble Beach Raffle is a prestigious annual golf outing that pairs with the Pebble Beach Resort raffle drawing. The Grand Prize winner this year includes a round-trip for 2 to Pebble Beach Resort or $3,000 cash prize.

JA Passport to STEM

JA Passport to STEM

When: May 6, 2021
Where: Virtual

The 2021 JA Passport to STEM will inspire hundreds of seventh and eighth grade girls & boys in West Michigan. Students from Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Lansing, Battlecreek/Kalamazoo, Holland, and the Lakeshore are invited to participate in this unique opportunity. In a 2-hour format, JA will introduce these students to mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future.

JA Create-Your-Own Scavenger Hunt

JA Create-Your-Own Scavenger Hunt

When: NOW through June, 2021
Where: Your Neighborhood

 
 
 
 
 
 
  • "This is great, it fits my curriculum plan perfectly."

    First grade teacher using the online version of JA's Traditional Curriculum
  • "The JA online programming is a success. After his first lesson, my kindergartener has been talking about good and bad choices all afternoon."

    Parent of student using newly released Online Programming
  • "I like to do this type of school work."

    Middle school student using newly released Online Programming
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    Junior Achievement Student

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