JA of Northern Indiana-Huntington County | Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Inc.

Huntington County

With the support of educators and community volunteers, JA programs serve more than 1,500 students across Huntington County every year. These JA experiences are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a 21st-century global marketplace.
To join us as a volunteer please email Danyelle Lewis or call (260) 349-3397.
To donate please email Sarah Schafer.

JA of Northern Indiana- Huntington County Events

At JA of Northern Indiana, 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 serving Huntington County Duck Race

JA serving Huntington County Duck Race

When: June
Where: Jefferson Street Bridge
Time: TBD

Junior Achievement serving Huntington County is proud to present our 3rd annual Duck Race. All proceeds from this event will provide Junior Achievement programming to Huntington County Community Schools. This will be an exciting day to bring the community together for fun, games, and will support a vital educational program for the economic future of Huntington County.

Phone Drive

Phone Drive

When: January


Junior Achievement Facts

What Is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 109 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.


Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. Lena Yarian is the President and CEO of JA of Northern Indiana. Michael Cahill, President of Gibson, is the Chair.

Proven Success

Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement's effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. We invite you to see our evaluation results. 

Program Reach

Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 106 Area Offices in all 50 states. JA of Northern Indiana reaches approximately 142,207 students per year.

A Brief History

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.

Organization Overview

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 109 JA Areas across the nation. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. JA of Northern Indiana was founded in 1952.


Junior Achievement's 237,680 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

JA of Northern Indiana Executive Members: Huntington County

Steven McKay — President
First Federal Savings Bank
Erin Carter — Treasurer
Community Link Federal Credit Union
Sarah Hain — Secretary
First Merchants Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Huntington County

John Garrott — Member
Beacon Credit Union
Anna Judy — Member
Our Sunday Visitor
Seth Marshall — Member
PNC Private Bank
Randall Seaman — Member
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Billy Winter — Member
Bippus State Bank
Paula Whiting — Member
Lake City Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Advisory Members: Huntington County

Troy Irick
Huntington University
Kay Schwob
Huntington University
Mike Zahn
First Federal Savings Bank
Senator Andy Zay
Zay Leasing & Rentals, Inc.
  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -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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