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St. Joseph County

Junior Achievement is a partnership between the business and education communities that prepare youth for economically independent futures based on strong economic knowledge and solid personal financial management skills.  With the support of educators and community volunteers, JA programs serve thousands of students in St. Joseph County every year. JA experiences ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a 21st-century global marketplace.  
Now more than ever, students need to be connected to positive role models that will help them to keep their eyes on their long-term potential, while weathering the short-term challenges of today.  We want to thank all of the educators who believe in JA and are stepping up during these challenging times to make sure their students get to participate.   Additionally, we thank our terrific volunteers who use their own experience and expertise to make the JA lessons come alive, especially those that are taking the time to record video messages for our educators to utilize.  And none of this is possible without our generous contributors who provide the funding to help us open our students' minds to their full potential!
If you are interested in serving on the St. Joseph County Board of Directors, or providing funding for Junior Achievement programming in St. Joseph County K-12 classrooms, please email Dani Elgas or call (563) 676-6200. If you are interested in volunteering to teach JA programming in a local classroom or are a teacher in St. Joseph County who would like to know more about bringing JA programs into your classroom, please email Colleen Hahn or call (574) 252-6056. 
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JA of Northern Indiana- St. Joseph 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!

JA Fore Impact Golf Outing

JA Fore Impact Golf Outing

When: September 20, 2021
Where: South Bend Country Club
Time: 11:30am Registration, Noon Lunch, 1:00pm Shotgun

Bring a foursome to the Fore Impact Golf Outing and help St. Joseph County empower more than 10,500 students to own their future economic success!


JA Wine and Beer Festival

JA Wine and Beer Festival

When: Spring 2022
Where: Four Winds Field
Time: 5pm - 9pm

Join us for unlimited samples of over 75 different wine, beer and hard seltzers at a tasting event like no other! Enjoy the spacious Four Winds Field in downtown South Bend where there will be live entertainment, a photo booth and a variety of yard games to keep you entertained.

The main event will take place from 6-9pm but VIP ticket holders receive early access at 5pm, and there is a ticketed After-Hours Party from 9-11pm with a DJ and cash bar. (Note: After-Hours Party tickets may be purchased separately as an "add-on" to your VIP or GA tickets at the online checkout, or they may be purchased in-person during the main event.) 


JA St Joseph County Sponsors

$15,000 and Up

First Source Bank logo   Crowe logo

$10,000 and Up


$5,000 and Up

Gurley Leep logo           MTC          Nipsco logo   

$2,500 and Up

First Merchants Bank                   Peacock Co                             MTI logo                    


JA of Northern Indiana Executive Members: St. Joseph County

Mike Miller — Chair
Business Development Associate
Weigand Construction Co., Inc.
Dan Asleson — Vice Chair
Peacock & Company
Tom Ross
Market President
First Merchants Bank
Rene Sanchez
South Bend Community School Corporation
Scott Smith
Private Wealth Advisor
Smith & Associates
Stephen Varner — Treasurer
Senior Tax Manager
Kruggel Lawton CPAs

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: St. Joseph County

David Blank — Member
Salesforce Administrator
Lippert Components
Alex Bowling — Member
Associate Attorney
Thorne Grodnik, LLP
Marnie Cornell — Member
Vice President & University Park Branch Manager
Key Bank
Joy Decker — Member
Human Resources Manager
Manufacturing Technology, Inc.
Kevin Fautz — Member
Service Manager
Michele Jurkaites — Member
Senior Director
Laurie Lawson — Member
Branch Manager
United Federal Credit Union
Russ Matthys — Member
Tax Partner
Judd McNally — Member
Vice President
Lake City Bank
Steve Nilles — Member
Vice President/Investment Officer
Indiana Trust & Wealth Management
Josh Ortiz — Member
Branch Manager
Woodforest National Bank
Tasha Stepp — Member
Assistant Branch Manager
Centier Bank
Brandon Williamson — Member
Business Development Officer
First State Bank
Luis Zapata — Member
Vice President Financial Wellness
1st Source Bank
Heather Pond — Board Scribe
Sales Operations Coordinator
Harmony Healthcare, IT
  • "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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