JA Passport to STEM | Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

JA passport to stem: A virtual event

When: May 6, 2021 | Virtual

The JA Passport to STEM will inspire hundreds of seventh and eighth grade girls & boys in West Michigan. Students from Grand Rapids, Northern Michigan, Lansing, Battle Creek/Kalamazoo, Holland, and the Lakeshore are invited to participate in this unique opportunity. In a 2-hour format, JA will introduce these students to women mentors who work in STEM related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future. As the research suggests this is key in increasing their pursuit of STEM careers. Guided by JA's It's My Future curriculum, studetents will investigate, ask questions and be inspired to consider STEM for their future.


The simple truth is that we have a growing nationwide STEM gap.

  • There has been a steep decline in the number of female graduates with computer science degrees over the past three decades.
  • National surveys find that nearly two-thirds of teenagers said they may be discouraged from pursuing STEM careers simply because they don't know anyone in these fields or they don't understand what people in these fields do.
  • By 15 girls are twice as likely to become depressed as boys.
  • Student interest in eighth grade, more so than achievement, has been found to be the strongest predictor of a student graduating with a STEM major in college.


2021 Sponsors








RAM Management (Ron Modreski)


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Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event! Email Katrina Mahmoud at katrina.mahmoud@ja.org  to learn how to sponsor a student for this event!
  • "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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