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

Marshall County

JA serving Marshall County partners with local schools and the business community to prepare local youth for economically independent futures based on strong economic knowledge and solid personal financial management skills. Schools in Marshall County look to Junior Achievement to provide the supplemental learning experiences that help young people develop the competence, confidence, and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.
At every grade level, JA programs expose students to basic business concepts and the skills that enable them to understand real-life economics. Community volunteers visit local K-12 classrooms to deliver JA's professionally developed learning activities and share their real-world experiences with students, helping students build an understanding of economic choices and the resulting consequences of each decision.
JA students develop the skills necessary to be confident adults, be financially literate, be able to set and achieve goals, be part of an educated local workforce, create new jobs and businesses, and raise families without outside financial support.
Junior Achievement serving Marshall County is trending towards major growth:
  • 20 participating classrooms, reaching 500 students in 2012-2013
  • 70 participating classrooms, reaching 1,675 students in 2013-2014
  • 95 participating classrooms, reaching 2,400 students in 2014-2015
  • 114 participating classrooms, reaching 2,700 students in 2015-2016
  • 42% of students in Marshall County will be impacted by JA by 2017-2018
Locally, JA is led by professional staff and a board of directors comprised of local business leaders that positions JA well to have insight into, and effectively address the specific needs of the communities within Marshall County.
If you are interested in serving on the local board of directors or providing financial support for JA programs in Marshall County, interested in volunteering to teach JA in a local classroom, or if you are a teacher in Marshall County who would like to know more about bringing JA into your classroom, please email Liz Miller or call (574) 933-4462. 
"Supporting JA of Marshall County helps our students develop the skills they need to prosper as adults in our communities."  --Tom Wiers, President, Wiers International Trucks, Plymouth, IN
Junior Achievement is proud to be a partner agency of the United Way of Marshall County.
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JA of Northern Indiana- Marshall 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!

Phone Drive

Phone Drive

When: Coming Soon

Cheers to the businesses and community leaders who volunteer their time to secure pledges of financial support for the programs provided by Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. 



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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 centers to raise funds for JA and have a great time doing it! 

JA Appreciation Luncheon

JA Appreciation Luncheon

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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: Marshall County

Nick Chaney — President
U.S. Granules
Lorna Shively  — Secretary
Melinda Overmyer  — Treasurer
1st Source Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Marshall County

Larry Brockey — Member
Brockey Insurance
Jim Cawthon — Member
Ancilla College
Anna Corbett — Member
Miller's Merry Manor
Trisha Crawford — Member
Mark Feldman — Member
Greg Frushour — Member
Mil-Tek Indiana Recycling
Dawne Pearson — Member
Woodforest National Bank
Tom Wiers — Member
Wiers International
Mark Senter — Member
City of Plymouth

JA of Northern Indiana Advisory Board of Directors: Marshall County

Carol Brown  — Advisory Member
Lake City Bank
  • "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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