To inspire young people to succeed in a global economy and to ensure that every student in Western Kentucky has a fundamental understanding of the three pillars of success: financial literacy, work-readiness skills, and entrepreneurship.


Area of Service:

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky, Inc. serves the 24 counties in West Kentucky: (Jackson Purchase Region – Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken) (Pennyrile Region – Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Muhlenberg, and Trigg) (Ohio Valley Region - Breckinridge, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Ohio, Union, Webster), as well as Perry County in Indiana.


Core Purpose:

To prepare young people to own their future economic success and make smart academic and economic choices!


Core Values: 

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning 


Sequential learning from kindergarten through high school.  Each program focuses on a particular business and economics theme and provides hands-on learning activities.


How we are funded:                 

Corporate/Individual Contributions          52%

Special Events                                           9%

Foundation & Grants                               35%

Investments                                               4%




289 classes presented – 6,302 students served area wide



410 classes presented – 9,004 students served area wide     



472 classes presented – 10,574 students served area wide         



521 classes presented – 11,620 students served area wide



580 classes presented – 13,373 students served area wide



659 classes presented – 15,055 students served area wide 



747 classes presented – 17,457 students served area wide 



835 classes presented – 19,410 students served area wide 



853 classes presented – 20,425 students served area wide 




857 classes presented - 20,450 students served area wide




836 classes presented – 20,346 students served area wide 


2017-2018 Impact:

840 classes presented - 20,771 students served area wide


2018-2019 Impact:

828 classes presented - 21,241 students served area wide


Awards and Recognition: 

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky has received the following recognition for its programs and operation:

2005 - 2016

11 Summit Awards from Junior Achievement. For the eleventh year in a row, our JA area has earned the National Summit Award. The purpose of the Summit Award is to recognize staff and boards in Junior Achievement Areas for operational soundness in the areas of financial solvency, program growth and quality and overall effectiveness as defined by Junior Achievement's standards and policies.  

2006- Phoenix Award from Junior Achievement. The award recognized our JA area as the most-improved operation regionally, based on fiscal solvency, and highest growth in students impacted by Junior Achievement programs. 

2007 & 2008 - The Junior Achievement Karl Flemke Finalist and Junior Achievement Karl Flemke Award Winner recognition was presented to Dan Douglas, President of Junior Achievement of West Kentucky as a beginning Area Chief Staff Officer to acknowledge significant achievements and contributions.

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2013 – Six Peak Performance Awards from Junior Achievement. For five years, Junior Achievement of West Kentucky has been 1 of only 12 U.S. JA areas to earn the Peak Performance Award, recognizing superior annual performance over a two year period by a Junior Achievement Area staff team. The Peak Performance Award is given to those JA areas who have achieved the highest combined level of student growth, increased market share and total revenue growth over a two-year period.

2010 - The Junior Achievement Rising Star Award was presented to our former Vice President of Area Operations, LeAnne Shockley. This national award, which only goes to 4 individuals each year, is awarded to a secondary staff member who has excelled in their role.

2017 - JA of West Kentucky was one of ten national organizations to receive the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award for the Soft Skills Certification Initiative.