JA of Northern Indiana Greater Lafayette | Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Inc.

Greater Lafayette

Junior Achievement is empowering over 7,000 young people in Greater Lafayette to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. By supporting JA programs, educators, volunteers, and community members are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in the global marketplace. 
To join us as a volunteer, please email Rachel Bingaman or call (765) 490-6424. To make a donation or get involved with events, please email Jennifer Edwards or call (765) 337-6514. To enquire about our capstone programs, JA BizTown or JA Finance Park, please email Resa Hodnett or call (765) 412-0022.

JA of Northern Indiana- Greater Lafayette 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!

Junior Achievement Serving Greater Lafayette Golf Outing

Junior Achievement Serving Greater Lafayette Golf Outing

When: Monday, September 19, 2022
Where: Coyote Crossing Golf Club
Time: Registration- 11:30 a.m.; Shotgun Start: 12:30 p.m.

Tee it up for financial literacy! Grab three friends and enter your team into the JA serving Greater Lafayette Golf Outing. Proceeds benefit JA programming in our community.

JA serving Greater Lafayette Designer Purse Bingo

JA serving Greater Lafayette Designer Purse Bingo

When: December 2022
Where: TBD
Time: TBD

Bring your girlfriends and join Junior Achievement serving Greater Lafayette for a night of bingo, purses, desserts and FUN!
Must be 21+ to attend.



When: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Where: Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl
Time: 7pm - 9pm

Hit the lanes for Play4JA! Teams of 4-6 people have a great chance to connect with colleagues and to raise funds that provide area students with money management, job readiness, and entrepreneurship programming. In addition to event festivities and prizes, each lane includes 2 games of bowling, shoes, a one-topping pizza, and a pitcher of beer or soft drink.


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: Tippecanoe County

Lucas Woody — President
Human Movement and Performance Prehabilitation, LLC
Ryan King — Vice President
Wabash National Corporation
Tim Maniscalo — Treasurer
Better Business Bureau
Zo Olivo — Secretary
Horizon Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Tippecanoe County

Jeremy Bolinger — Member
WorkOne West Central
Amy Cruzeta — Member
Evonik Degussa Corporation
Dr. Christy Fraley — Member
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Amber Fields-Hatten — Member
Insurance Solutions from Amber
Gina Kornafel — Member
State Farm Insurance
Deb McCormick — Member
1st Source Bank
Jered Price — Member
Kirby Risk Corporation
Connie Sinz — Member
Lafayette School Corporation
James Ward — Member
Trueblood Real Estate
Abby Weiderhaft — Member
West Lafayette School Corporation

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors Emeritus: Tippecanoe County

Rick Davis
Tom McCully
Jim Risk, III
E. Dana Smith
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    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -Junior Achievement Student

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