Inspire and Prepare Young People to Succeed
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana
Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future
With schools closing, Junior Achievement is providing free online resources to teachers and parents. We are doing this so our kids can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today. We are committed to doing this until we can all be certain again. Click for more information on Project Tomorrow's resources.
JA of Northern Indiana's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.
Why Junior Achievement?
JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change in your community:
- 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.
- 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.
- 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.
- 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Which Way To JA?
Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in Northern Indiana by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st century workplace.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of Northern Indiana!
By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.
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Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of Northern Indiana!
Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT JA PROGRAMS
Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your Northern Indiana school!
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JA of Northern Indiana Spotlight
Young Entrepreneur Marketplace
The Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur Marketplace is the ultimate chance for entrepreneurs up to 21 years old to sell their hand-produced products or services, in person, to the public. JA has partnered with the YLNI Farmers Market located downtown Fort Wayne at the corner of Barr and Wayne streets. This outdoor market has over 5,000 visitors per week and offers an excellent opportunity for a new or experienced young entrepreneur.
JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®
Innovative, bold, relevant. JA Finance Park and JA BizTown is all that, and more. It's a financial literacy laboratory that inspires and prepares youth to succeed. This campus is an exciting reality-based learning environment for middle and high school students.
Are you interested in volunteering with JA? Volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organzation.
Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp
The Junior Achievement Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp offers students entering grades 6 – 8 a week-long opportunity to learn entrepreneurship and leadership skills through engaging activities, field trips, games, plus the chance to meet local entrepreneurs that will inspire students to someday make business ownership a reality!
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."