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

NoblE County

With the support of educators and community volunteers, JA programs serve more than 3,035 students across Noble County every year. These JA experiences are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a 21st-century global marketplace.
To join us as a volunteer, please email Sydney Gregory
If you would like to make a donation please email Maureen Shippy or call (260) 414-8034

JA of Northern Indiana- Newton County- Noble 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!

Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival

Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival

When: September 14, 2019
Where: Hidden Ego Event Venue - 555 West Ohio Street. Kendalville, IN
Time: VIP 4:00PM - 8:00PM General Admission 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Join us for our first annual Beer, Wine, & Spirits event hosted at Hidden Ego Event Venue. Come enjoy samples from local wineries and breweries! All proceeds benefit JA programs in Noble County. 

Noble Royale

Noble Royale

When: March 2020
Where: Sylvan Cellars

Denim Days For JA 2020

Denim Days For JA 2020

When: 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 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: Noble County

Stephen Diggins  — President
Lisa Walter — Vice President
Sally Riecke — Secretary
Community State Bank
Emily Richards — Treasurer
Farmers & Merchants Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Noble County

Brad Briner — Member
Shepherd's Chevrolet Buick GMC
Erin Goldsberry — Member
Parkview Noble
Michael Gordon — Member
Campbell & Fetter Bank
Jeff Harper — Member
Southside Elementary
Jared Knipper — Member
Albion Elementary
Emily Richards — Member
Farmers & Merchants Bank
Tracy Tipton  — Member
Reliable Production Machining & Welding
Meghan Voss — Member
Campbell & Fetter Bank
Darla Buckles — Member
Wayne Chemical
Doug Ebey — Member
Hidden Ego Fitness
Candice Holbrook — Member
West Noble School Corp.

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors- Teen Members: Noble County

Cole Knox
Central Noble High School
Maddie Pfafman
East Noble High School
Courtney Lepper
East Noble High School
  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

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