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

Elkhart County

How do you empower Elkhart County's youth to take ownership of their future? You teach them how to be ready for the workplace; show them the possibilities as an entrepreneur and teach them how to manage their money. For more than five decades, Junior Achievement has made its presence known in the Elkhart area.
Every JA student learns how to bridge the gap between what is taught in the classroom and their future. This is crucial to their success. Each of JA's programs is in line with the values of local business. Whether it's teaching hard work, developing a skill set or freeing the entrepreneurial spirit, JA's curriculum brings it all to the table.
With this mission, JA reached over 6,700 students in 2016-2017! They accomplished this working in all 7 school corporations in Elkhart County. In July 2013, JA partnered with Horizon Education Alliance to lay the foundation for Financial Literacy in the community.
Lemonade Day was also added to the services JA provides the students of Elkhart County. On Lemonade Day, every May, students across the county participate as budding entrepreneurs by creating and running their own Lemonade stand. With the mission of, "spend a little, save a little, share a little", Lemonade Day is a perfect hands-on application of the skills students learn in the classroom with JA.
JA brings their 100-year financial literacy track record to the table. Between JA, HEA and Elkhart County Schools, young men and women will graduate workforce ready, financially literate and demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset.
JA serving Elkhart County would like to thank all of the teachers who invite us into their classrooms, our terrific volunteers who use their own experience and expertise to make the JA lessons come alive, and our generous contributors who provide the funding to help our students succeed in the global economy!
Interested in volunteering in the classroom or would like JA in your classroom? Please email Nicole Burnett or call (517) 977-4770.
If you would like to donate please email Jessica Hilary or call (574) 320-6222. 

JA of Northern Indiana- Elkhart 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!

Elkhart County Lemonade Day

Elkhart County Lemonade Day

When: September 26, 2020

Elkhart Business Legacy Hall of Fame Induction Gala

Elkhart Business Legacy Hall of Fame Induction Gala

When: August 22, 2020
Time: 6-9 P.M.

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 Officers: Elkhart County

Adam Bujalski — Chair
Interra Credit Union & Elkhart City Councilman
Doug Wait — Vice Chair
Wait Industries
Amish Shah — Past Chair
Kem Krest Corporation
Brandi Millslagle — Co-Treasurer
Keller Williams Realty
Kurt Kruggel — Co-Treasurer
Kruggel Lawton CPA
Alexandra Hunter — Secretary
Centier Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Elkhart County

Elizabeth Birk — Member
1st Source Bank
Ron BonDurant — Member
Lake City Bank
Diana Evens — Member
Indiana Carton Company
Meggan Fink — Member
Kem Krest Corporation
Cheryl Hartman — Member
Bill Haughee  — Member
Sehlby Herms — Member
Kem Krest Corporation
Cory Marlow — Member
Financial Partners, Inc.
Elizabeth Muellner — Member
The Human Factor, LLC
Katie Schmidt — Member
Northwest Bank
Eddie Tabor — Member
Chase Bank
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