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Fulton County

More than 1,000 young people in Fulton County schools are building economic knowledge and personal financial literacy through JA programs during this academic year. The learning is possible because of our community's educators who invite JA programs into their classrooms and community volunteers who mentor them.  Each year the board of directors raises additional funds to provide additional programs to reach even more area youth to be financially independent and successful!
 
To join us as a volunteer or as a donor please email Beth Miller or call (574) 551-4698 
 

JA of Northern Indiana- Fulton 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!

Achieve-A-Bowl

Achieve-A-Bowl

When: February 23, 2020
Where: Country Lanes - 1988 N Old US Hwy 31
Time: 1:00PM - 3:00PM

You don't have to be a great bowler to be successful.  All you need is enthusiasm!  Each year Junior Achievement supporters get together at local bowling alleys to raise funds for JA and have a great time doing it!

Fulton County Golf Classic

Fulton County Golf Classic

When: June 12, 2020
Where: Round Barn Golf Club

Held at the Round Barn Golf Club, gather 3 of your co-workers or friends and hit the links in this fun golf event. 

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: Fulton County

Debbie Bickle — President
First Federal Savings Bank
 
Ashley Burrus — Vice President
Airmarking
 
Carmen Holland  — Treasurer
Holland RTC
 
Caren Parko — Secretary
1st Source Bank
 

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Fulton County

Luke Biernacki
George W. Riddle Elementary School
 
Chuck Evans
Caston Jr./Sr. High School
 
Tiffany Futrell
Fulton County Economic Development
 
Karla Gregory
Community Volunteer
 
Katrinna Pontius
Beacon Credit Union
 
Jason Synder
Columbia Elementary School
 
Shoda Beehler
City of Rochester
 
Anita Doan
Caston Schools
 
  • "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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