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

Berrien & Cass County (MI)

During the 2016-17 school year, Junior Achievement serving Berrien County & Cass County, Michigan had 198 volunteers reach 188 classrooms, impacting 4,401 students with economic education. We want to thank all of the educators who invite us into their classrooms, our terrific volunteers who use their own experience and expertise to make the JA programs come alive, and our generous contributors who provide the funding to help us open our students' minds to their potential!
We would especially like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Whirlpool Foundation who, through their generous gift, helps fund classes at all grade levels in Berrien County.
To join as a volunteer, please email Nicole Burnett (517-977-4770) 
To donate please email Linda Tinsley or call (828) 545-3525

JA of Northern Indiana- Berrien & Cass 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 Achieve-A-Bowl

JA Achieve-A-Bowl

When: Tuesday, March 24 2020
Where: Peat's Cider Social
Time: 5:30-8:00PM

Brand new venue at Peat's Cider Social,  the JA Achieve-A-Bowl gives coworkers and social groups a great opportunity to have some fun and support a great cause! Teams of five raise money in advance of the event, then come enjoy food, beverage, bowling, and learn about JA. 

JA Golf Classic

JA Golf Classic

When: Friday, September 27th
Where: Orchard Hills Country Club in Buchanan
Time: Registration and Lunch - 11:45 AM Shotgun Start - 1:00 PM

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.

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Berrien & Cass Counties- Executive Members

Jodi Kitchell — Chair
United Federal Credit Union
Dan Peat — Vice Chair
Amber Layman — Secretary
Dave Bly — Treasurer
Horizon Bank
Jim Zablocki — Past Chair
Chemical Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Berrien & Cass Counties- Members

Harry Burritt
Burritt Consulting
Otilio Campos
Lakeland HealthCare
Stacy Fillmore
United Federal Credit Union
Alan McKee
Hilliard Lyons
Erica Molden
1st Source Bank
Megan Munafo
Community Volunteer
Nathan Schultz
Whirlpool Corporation
Julie Wuerfel
Mosquito Squad
Susan Zvonar
Whirlpool Corporation
  • "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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