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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 Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

JA Girls' Dream Fair: A STEM Experience

When: Multiple Dates - See Details
Where: Multiple Locations- See Details

The JA Girls' Dream Fair will inspire 300 eighth grade girls in the greater Lansing area (priority is given to those who qualify for free or reduced lunch and may be first-generation college graduates).  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. Guided by the JA It's My Future curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions, and be inspired to consider STEM-based majors and careers in their futures.

Grand Rapids: February 12, 2019 @ Spectrum Health

Holland: March 19, 2019 @ Yanfeng

Lansing: March 21, 2019 @ Don Johnson Fieldhouse

Kalamazoo/Battle Creek: April 26, 2019 @ Haworth College of Business


2018-2019 JA Titan Business Challenge

2018-2019 JA Titan Business Challenge

When: February 27, 2019
Where: Davenport University
Time: Student Event: 9 a.m. & Adult Event: 6 p.m.

Student Event

Fuel the entrepreneur in you! The Titan Challenge is a day-long business strategy competition for high school students. Teams of three students work with a mentor from the business community to guide a fledgling company through the ups and downs of the market. The Titan Challenge draws on a number of skills each team member will need to become a meaningful contributor in tomorrow's workforce: creativity, finance, collaboration, strategy, leadership, and more. This event happens Feb 27, 2019, at 9 a.m. at the Davenport Student Center

Adult Event

Join Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes on Feb 27, 2019, for JA Titan Trivia. This is an adult fundraising event at Davenport University's Downtown Campus, 45 Ottawa Ave NE, Grand Rapids. Doors open at 5:00 pm and event starts at 6:00! 

There will be hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, and a cash bar.

JA Golf Scramble

JA Golf Scramble

When: June 10, 2019
Where: Spring Lake Country Club, Spring Lake, MI
Time: 9 a.m Registration, 9:50 a.m. Opening Remarks, Shotgun start 10 a.m

The JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble is an exciting golf event that incorporates golf, prizes, food, and fundraising! At the 20th Annual JA Lakeshore Golf Scramble, you and your guests will play an 18-hole scramble, enjoy the provided lunch and dinner, have an opportunity to win prizes and participate in a silent auction.

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 Bowling For Financial Literacy: Holland

JA Bowling For Financial Literacy: Holland

When: April 18, 2019
Where: BAM! Entertainment Center, 478 E 16th St. Holland, MI 49423
Time: 6 pm - 8 pm

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 lanes.

This night not only provides networking opportunities bit it raises funds to provide curriculum to local students in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship education. The Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon is a great time and a vital fundraiser!

This year's theme is Movies! Come dressed as characters from your team's favorite movie and hopefully win some prizes while you're at it. 

JA Movie Premiere: Spring

JA Movie Premiere: Spring

When: June 22, 2019
Where: Multiple Locations: See Details
Time: Registration: 9 am, Movie: 10 am

Do you want to watch a movie and help students across Michigan? You can do both at JA's Spring Movie Premiere where we will be presenting Toy Story 4.

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

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

Free Enterprise Golf Invitational & Pebble Beach Raffle

When: May 6, 2019
Where: Wuskowhan Players Club, West Olive
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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

JA West Michigan Business Hall Of Fame

JA West Michigan Business Hall Of Fame

When: Monday, May 20, 2019
Where: Amway Grand Plaza
Time: 6:15 - 9 p.m.

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.

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

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -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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