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Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes EVENTS

At Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, we host several events throughout the year to raise money to support our programming. These events also engage the community in our efforts to reach students! Whether you'd like to get involved on an individual level or as a business through event sponsorship, we offer several ways for you to support our work while having a great time!

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy

JA Bowling for Financial Literacy

When: GR: Fall & Spring | Holland: Spring
Where: GR: Westgate Bowl | Holland: BAM! Entertainment Center
Time: 5:00-8:00

The Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon presents an opportunity for co-workers to build camaraderie and network with one another and other companies during a fun afternoon at the bowling ally. 

This night not only provides networking oppotunities but it raises funds to provide curriculum to local students in financial litercy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness education. The JA Bowl-A-Thon is a great time and a vital peer to peer fundraiser!

This year's theme is DISNEY! Come dressed as your team's favorite Disney movie.


JA Movie Premiere

JA Movie Premiere

When: Fall: Nov 23, 2019 | Spring: June 20, 2020
Where: Celebration North, South, & Muskegon
Time: 9:00 am Registration & 10:00 am Movie Begins

Wait, you're telling me there's a way to see a brand new movie AND help 70,000 across Michigan get access to JA's programming on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepeurship?! Join JA in the Fall and Spring to see a new movie the saturday morning after it's friday premiere. All tickets include a movie ticket, popcorn, and a soda. 

Fall 2019: Frozen II  |  November 23, 2019

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery.

Spring 2020: Soul  |  June 20, 2020

Joe Gardner,middle school music teacher, has long dreamed of performing jazz music onstage, and finally gets a chance after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club. However, an accident causes Gardner's soul to be separated from his body and transported to the "You Seminar", a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child, and Gardner must work with souls in training, such as 22, a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the You Seminar, in order to return to Earth before it's too late.


  • Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids North: 2121 Celebration Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids South: 1506 Eastport Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Cinema Carousel: 4289 Grand Haven Rd, Muskegon, MI 49441

JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

When: Early Spring 2020 (Pending changes due to current state and federal laws with COVID-19)
Where: Multiple Locations - See Details
Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

The JA Girls' Dream Fair will inspire hundreds of 7th and 8th grade girls in the greater Grand Rapids and Lakeshore areas. In a one day format, JA will introduce these girls to female mentors who work in STEM-related fields and show them exciting future possibilities. As research suggests, this is crucial in increasing girls' pursuit of STEM careers. This event is guided by JA It's My Future curriclum. Girls will investigate, ask questions, and be inspired to consider STEM-based majors and careers in the future.


  • Sponsor the event
  • Be a Classroom Volunteer
  • Be a part of the Vendor Fair

Grand Rapids: (Pending changes due to current state and federal laws with COVID-19)

Lakeshore: (Pending changes due to current state and federal laws with COVID-19)

JA Titan Business Challenge

JA Titan Business Challenge

When: February 25, 2020
Where: Student Event: Davenport University | Adult Event: Mercantile Bank Corporate Office
Time: Student Event: 8 am - 2 pm & Adult Event: 5 pm - 8 pm

Student Event

Fuel the entrepreneur in you! The JA Titan Challenge is a day long business strategy competition for high school studebts. Teams of 4 students work together with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgeing company through the ups and downs of the market. The Titan Challenge draws on a number of skills each team meber will need to become a meaningful contributor in tomrrow's workforce: creativity, finance, collaboration, strategy, leadership, and more. Sponsor a team to attend the event! This event happens in Feburary 2020 at the Davenport Student Center 6191 Kraft Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

Adult Event

Join JA for a night of trivia! This is an adult fundraising night the same day of the student competition at Mercantile Bank 310 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Doors open 5:00 pm and the event starts at 6:00 pm! There will be appetizers provided, a silent auction, and a cash bar. 

JA Pitch Day

JA Pitch Day

When: April 26, 2020 (pending possible changes due to COVID-19 State and Federal laws)
Where: John G Russell Leadership Center: 120 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Time: 8:00 am -2:00 pm

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.

To capitalize on the students' talents, determination, and promising leadership abilities, JA Pitch Day will consist of several professional development activities, networking opportunities, prizes, and more. The three main parts of the day include a Student Business Pitch, Student EXPO, and a Vendor Fair. Students will walk away from this event with more confidence, a deeper understanding of business, and the satisfaction that they put their best foot forward. 

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

When: TBD (new date to be determined due to COVID-19 State laws currently in place)
Where: Wuskowhan Players Club, West Olive
Time: 10:00 - 5:00 pm

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 70,000 Michigan youth. You'll be giving our children the gift of knowledge, understanding, and foresight. 

JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame

JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame

When: June 22, 2020
Where: Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Time: 6:15 pm - 9 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 areas 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 Annual Lakeshore Golf Scramble

JA Annual Lakeshore Golf Scramble

When: June 8, 2020
Where: Muskegon Country Club
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble is an exciting golf event that incorporates golf, food, prizes, and fundraising! At the 21st Annual JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble, you and your guests will play an 18-Hole scramble, enjoy a provided breakfast and dinner, have the opportunity to win prizes, and partcipate in a silent auction. 

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