JA of Northern Indiana-Wabash County-North Manchester | Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Inc.

Wabash County- North Manchester

With the support of educators and community volunteers, JA programs serve more than 1,300 students in North Manchester schools each academic 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.  JA of North Manchester relies on financial and volunteer support from businesses, organizations, and individuals to provide these opportunities and programming in Manchester Community Schools. 
 
To become a volunteer and make a difference please email Beth Miller or call (574) 551-4698.
 
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JA of Northern Indiana- Wabash County: North Manchester 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 Manchester 5k & Fun Run

JA Manchester 5k & Fun Run

When: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Where: Corner of S Market Street & 9th Street. North Manchester, IN
Time: 8:00 AM

Join us for the 50th Anniversary of the 5K Fun Run. There is a race for all runners! Join the 1-Mile Fun Run at 8:00am (all ages welcome) and the FunFest 5k Run/Walk will start at 8:30am. 

 

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.

Purpose

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Leadership

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.

Volunteers

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: Wabash County- North Manchester

Nathan Zeller — President
Beacon Credit Union
 
Miriah Tobias — Treasurer
Town of North Manchester
 

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Wabash County- North Manchester

Corinne Bedke — Member
Manchester Schools
 
Thomas Baldwin — Member
Manchester Intermediate School
 
Dr. Jon Lippe — Member
Manchester Community Schools
 
Christine Riley — Member
First Financial Bank
 
Shaun Tilghman — Member
Manchester University
 
  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
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    -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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