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

Benton County

With the commitment of educators and community members, young people in the Benton county area are envisioning the possibilities of what they can be as they build economic knowledge and financial literacy skills.
To join us as a volunteer or to make a donation please email Jennifer Edwards or call (765) 337-6574.  

JA of Northern Indiana- Benton 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!

Junior Achievment Achieve-A-Bowl

Junior Achievment Achieve-A-Bowl

When: February 2019
Where: Mike Aulby's Arrowhead Bowl
Time: 7-9 p.m

Junior Achievement Administrative Professional Luncheon

Junior Achievement Administrative Professional Luncheon

When: April 2019
Where: Lahr Atrium
Time: 11:30 a.m.

Junior Achievement Serving Greater Lafayette Golf Outing

Junior Achievement Serving Greater Lafayette Golf Outing

When: June 2019
Where: Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex-Kampen Course
Time: Registration- 11:30 a.m.

Junior Achievement Mud Run

Junior Achievement Mud Run

When: September 2019
Where: Franklin Cary Camp
Time: 8:00 a.m.

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: Benton County

Rick Davis — President
Henriottt Group, Inc.
Brent Mithoefer — Treasurer
1st Source Bank

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors: Benton County

Krystal Balser — Member
Lafayette Bank & Trust
Amy Cruzeta-Young — Member
Evonik Degussa Corporation
Wendy Cummins — Member
Henriott Group, Inc.
Dr. Christy Fraley — Member
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Megan Hartman — Member
SDI Innovations
Les Huddle — Member
Lafayette School Corporation
Latisha Johnson — Member
Woodforest National Bank
Ryan King — Member
Wabash National Corporation
Tracy Knox — Member
Purdue University
Karen Marty — Member
State Farm Insurance
Tammy Poindexter — Member
The National Group
Andy Rummel — Member
Salin Bank
Bob Shriner — Member
Purdue University
Pamela Whitton — Member
Lucas Woody — Member
Human Movement Performance and Prehabilitation
Brieanne Young — Member
Huth Thompson, LLP

JA of Northern Indiana Board of Directors Emeritus: Benton County

Tom McCully
Jim Risk, III
E. Dana Smith
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    -Junior Achievement Student
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