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

Miami County

Over 1,500 students in Miami County 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 through hands-on programs presented by community businessmen and women serving as role models.
To join us as a volunteer please email Beth Miller or call (574) 551-4698.

JA of Northern Indiana- Miami 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!

Golf Classic

Golf Classic

When: July 17, 2020
Where: Peru Golf Course - 1863 Strawtown Pike. Peru, IN
Time: 8:30 AM Registration 9:00 AM Shotgun

Car Show

Car Show

When: August 29, 2020
Where: Tiger North Athletic Complex
Time: 1:00 PM -4:00 PM

Calling all classic, vintage, and modern car fans: Come join us on August 29th from 1PM - 4PM at the Tiger North Athletic Complex. 

Register your car before August 5th for only $10. Registration at the gate is $15. 

Gates open at 1PM and registration lasts until 3PM. 



When: February 21, 2021
Where: Myers Sports Bowl

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 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.


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: Miami County

Carrie Young — President
First Farmers Bank
Courtney Ozminkowski — Vice President
First Farmers Bank
Tania Roberts — Secretary
Beacon Credit Union
Julie Bowman — Treasurer
The Honeywell Foundation

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Miami County

Cheryl Broyles — Member
Crossroads Bank
Troy Hudson — Member
North Miami Elementary School
Craig Jernagan — Member
Maconaquah Middle School
Mandy Maverick — Member
Brooke Robertson — Member
Miamie County Econ Developement
Kelly Reichert — Member
Beacon Credit Union
Ryan Sipe — Member
Hometown Federal Credit Union
Sam Watkins — Member
Peru Community Schools
Carrie Young — Member
First Farmers Bank and Trust
  • "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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