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

Kosciusko County- Wawasee

More than 1,600 young people in Wawasee area schools are building economic knowledge and personal financial literacy through JA programs during this school year. The learning is possible because of our community's educators who invite JA programs into their classrooms and volunteers who mentor them.
To join us as a volunteer please email Ashley Bruner or call (574) 551-6474. To ensure the learning continues by making a donation or volunteering for an event, please email Courtney Whetstone or call 574-253-2238 
Make a donation to ensure the learning continues


JA of Northern Indiana- Kosciusko County-Wawasee 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!

S.S. Lillypad Cruise

S.S. Lillypad Cruise

When: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Where: 1116 S. Harkless Drive, Syracuse, IN 46567
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00 PM

Please join us for a fun filled night aboard the S.S. Lillypad. Tickets include a 3 hour guided tour of Lake Wawasee and appetizers. Cash bar and silent auction will be open during he cruise. 



Junior Achievement Golf Outing

Junior Achievement Golf Outing

When: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Where: Maxwelton Golf Club
Time: Registration & Lunch - 11:30 AM Shotgun Start - 12:30 PM

Form a four-person team and join us for 18 holes of golf and lunch catered by Maple Leaf Farms! 


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 Executive Members: Kosciusko County-Wawasee

Blaine Huber — President
Goshen Health
Brenda Peterson — Treasurer
Lake City Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Kosciusko County-Wawasee

Vince Beasley — Member
Wawasee Community Schools
Vicki Morton — Member
Go Global Michiana
Shelly Wilfong PhD — Member
Wawasee Community Schools
Don Ratliff — Member
Maple Leaf Farms
  • "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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