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East Central DeKalb

More than 3,987 students in DeKalb Central and DeKalb Eastside schools look forward to JA programs every year. They are being empowered to own their future economic success and they are discovering the relevancy of education. We appreciate our community's educators, volunteers and community members who are making these JA programs possible.
To join us as a volunteer please email Emma Bond or call (260) 908-6073.
To donate please email Nora Schwartz or call (260) 573-9318

JA of Northern Indiana- East Central DeKalb 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!

Pro-Am Invitational

Pro-Am Invitational

When: June 13th & 14th
Where: Glendarin Golf Club, Angola IN

As we do every year, we will offer the opportunity to sponsor a Pro for only $150 if your full $1,100 team entry fee is received by June 1st. Teams are registered on a first come, first serve basis and because we are sure to reach our cap of 32 teams again this year, we encourage you to secure your team with a deposit of $275 by June 1st. All entries and sponsorships listed in green need to be paid in full by June 1, 2016.

DeKalb Business Hall of Fame: October

DeKalb Business Hall of Fame: October

Junior Achievement celebrating business and education!

Phone Drive

Phone Drive

Cheers to the businesses and community leaders who volunteer their time to secure pledges of financial support for the programs provided by Junior Achievement serving DeKalb Central and DeKalb Eastside.

JA Bowl-A-Thon in Auburn and Garrett: February

JA Bowl-A-Thon in Auburn and Garrett: February

More information coming soon!


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 Board of Directors: DeKalb County- East Central DeKalb Officers

Mark VandeVelde — President
Oak Partners Inc.
John Davis — Vice President
1st Source Bank
Carla Holbrook — Treasurer
Beacon Credit Union
Amy Yoder — Secretary
Lakewood Park Christian School

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: DeKalb County- East Central DeKalb Members

David Frey — Member
Lake City Bank
Jamie Hines — Member
Parkview Regional Medical Center
Josh Keaton — Member
3Rivers Federal Credit Union
Brennen Kitchen — Member
Riverdale Elementary School
Amy Lehrman — Member
Katz Sapper & Miller
Wendy Pettis — Member
DeKalb County Central United School District
Joe Prosser — Member
Mold Services Inc.
Alisa Smith — Member
McKenney-Harrison Elementary School
Lucas Straw — Member
Team Quality Services
Cindy Young  — Member
Steel Dynamics, Inc.
  • "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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