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

Allen County

Junior Achievement is an integral part of every school system across Allen County, serving over 70% of the county's student population. In fact, during the 2016-17 school year, JA programs reached over 54,000 Allen County pre-kindergarten through high school youth. They participated in JA's in-school programs and the JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®capstone experiences. With ongoing educator and administrative support, Junior Achievement programs are included in Fort Wayne Community Schools' district curriculum mapping, documenting where and how Junior Achievement's programs integrate into the curriculum.
To get involved as a volunteer, please email Sarah Garrison, or call (260) 484-2543
To donate please email Amy Hobbick or call (260) 484-2543

JA of Northern Indiana- Allen 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 Golf Marathon

JA Golf Marathon

When: May 30, 2019
Where: Coyote Creek Golf Club

On Thursday, May 30th, golfers will take to the links for the ultimate test of endurance in the Junior Achievement / JH Specialty Golf Marathon. These golfers will play 100 holes at the beautiful Coyote Creek Golf Club and secure pledges based on the number of holes they play.

Young Entrepreneur Marketplace

Young Entrepreneur Marketplace

When: July 20, 2019
Where: Freimann Square
Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The JA Young Entrepreneur Marketplace is the ultimate chance for entrepreneurs up to 21 years old, to sell their products or services, in person, to the public.

Wine & Beer Festival

Wine & Beer Festival

When: July 26, 2019
Where: Parkview Field
Time: General Admission 6:00pm - 9:00pm

JA Achieve-A-Bowl

JA Achieve-A-Bowl

When: October 2019
Where: Crazy Pinz Entertainment Center
Time: TBA

Join us and come bowl in the JA Achieve-A-Bowl!  This peer-to-peer fundraiser is one of JA's premier fundraising events. Locally, the JA Achieve-A-Bowl brings together over 750 bowlers and raises over $100,000 every year for JA programs.

BEL Awards

BEL Awards

When: Summer 2019

To recognize leadership and dedication to entrepreneurship, each year Junior Achievement's BEL (Business, Education, and Leadership) Awards event honors business leaders. These men and women are creating jobs, encouraging employee growth and shaping the successful companies that are essential to a community's economy. 

JA Golf Classic

JA Golf Classic

When: Fall 2019

This event is a great opportunity to network or put your company on the map. Players have a great time and enjoy food and beverages while on the golf course for a day.

Fort Wayne Florida Reunion

Fort Wayne Florida Reunion

When: March 5, 2019
Where: Imperial Golf Club, Naples Florida
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This year's event will feature a live performance by Florida's own, Jennifer "Golden Note" Gilmore. Jennifer is a native of Florida and has been singing and performing for over 20 years in various venues and settings including restaurants, clubs, festivals, conferences, corporate events, weddings, receptions, and galas. 

JA Annual Campaign

JA Annual Campaign

When: Pick Your Date

Cheers to the businesses and community leaders who volunteer their time to secure pledges of financial support for the programs provided by Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

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 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.


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.
  • "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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