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Wells County

In schools across our Wells County communities, more than 2,194 young people are benefiting from JA programs. We applaud the educators and community volunteers who make this learning possible.
 
To join us as a volunteer please email Dawn Horan or call (260) 273-0855.
If you would like to make a donation please email Alyssa Plisco or call (260) 388-2232
 

JA of Northern Indiana- Wells 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!

Phone Drive

Phone Drive

When: December 2020

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 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.

Purpose

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

Leadership

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 Ruoff Home Mortgage, 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 read the Programs 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.

Volunteers

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: Wells County

Tim Drayer  — President
National Oil & Gas
 
Kaitlyn Roby  — Vice President
PNC Bank
 
Jessica Seago  — Treasurer
First Merchants Bank
Bluffton Insurance
 
Erica Bennett  — Secretary
First Bank of Berne
 

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Wells County

Vicki Andrews  — Member
Ellenberger Brother Auctioneers
 
Lannette Bickel  — Member
Metropolitan Title Company
 
Kelly Cady  — Member
Bluffton Insurance Services
 
Michael Huffman  — Member
Dale, Huffman & Babcock
 
Jeremy Penrod  — Member
Edward Jones
 
Kevin Pritchard  — Member
Ruoff Home Mortgage
 
Jeslynn Smith  — Member
Koler Law Office
 
Martha Smuts  — Member
Ossian State Bank
 

JA of Northern Indiana Emeritus Members: Wells County

Tim Babcock
Dale, Huffman & Babcock
 
Allen Gunkel
National Oil & Gas, Inc.
 
Cory Ivins
Roembke Mfg & Design, Inc.
 
Ted Oakes
K-K Tool and Design
 
Ray Paxson
 
  • "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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