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

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 Wine and Beer Festival

JA Wine and Beer Festival

When: Spring 2021
Where: Four Winds Field
Time: 6-9pm

Enjoy the spacious Four Winds Field where there will be over 75 different samples will be available for unlimited tasting.

 

JA Fore Impact Golf Outing

JA Fore Impact Golf Outing

When: Coming in August 2021
Where: Knollwood Country Club (Granger, IN)
Time: 11:30 am

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 St Joseph County Sponsors

$15,000 and Up

First Source Bank logo   Crowe logo

$10,000 and Up

      Lippert Components

$5,000 and Up

Gurley Leep logo           MTC     MTI logo     Nipsco logo   

$2,500 and Up

First Merchants Bank                          Tire Rack          Peacock Co    

 

JA of Northern Indiana Executive Members: St. Joseph County

Mike Miller — Chair
Business Development Associate
Weigand Construction Co., Inc.
 
Dan Asleson — Vice Chair
President
Peacock & Company
 
Tom Ross
Market President
First Merchants Bank
 
Rene Sanchez
COO
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
TCU
 
Michele Jurkaites — Member
Senior Director
RSM US LLP
 
Laurie Lawson — Member
Branch Manager
United Federal Credit Union
 
Russ Matthys — Member
Tax Partner
Crowe
 
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
 
 
 
 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Here at Junior Achievement, Giving Tuesday is about giving students inspiration for a better future.

Please consider making a donation to your local Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana region below, and help your local area students receive JA programming to learn the importance of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. Last year, JANI created virtual programming for teachers and students to use from home. Your donation will educate and inspire even more students this school year - wherever they are learning from. 

 
 
  • "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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