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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 Virtual 5K

JA Virtual 5K

When: July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Where: Wherever you can run!

Be apart of the first JA 5K Virtual Run! We wanted to create an event that brings our community back together in a fun way, with a common cause. Help raise funds for local K-12 JA programs while running a virtual race! Individuals and groups may register. Prizes for whoever raises the most!

Registration is extended through September 30th. Bib, t-shirt, and a commemorative medal are all included for those who register.

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

JA Movie Premiere

JA Movie Premiere

When: Fall: Nov 23, 2019 | Spring: *Cancelled*
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  |  *Cancelled due to COVID-19*


  • 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: This year's event has been cancelled.

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: This year's event has been cancelled.

Lakeshore: This year's event has been cancelled.

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


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: New Raffle Drawing Date is June 1st, 2020

The Free Enterprise Golf Invitational 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!

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: Rescheduled to Monday, October 26, 2020
Where: JA West Michigan Business Hall of Fame YouTube Channel
Time: Premieres 5:30 to 6:15 PM

Junior Achievement honors Business Hall of Fame laureates for their leadership and success in business and community involvement.

This year's event will be live streamed on the Business Hall of Fame dedicated YouTube Channel. Includes a live chat feature during the event to convey your congratulations to the Laureates!

JA Annual Lakeshore Golf Scramble

JA Annual Lakeshore Golf Scramble

When: June 29, 2020
Where: Muskegon Country Club
Time: Tee Time

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 lunch, and partcipate in an online auction.

*This event has been moved from June 8 to June 29*

  • "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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