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What is Junior Achievement?

Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics, and free enterprise in order to improve the quality of their lives. JA brings the free enterprise system to life in the classroom and teaches young people the importance of staying in school.

JA’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Our Core Values

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people.
  • Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship.
  • Passion for what we do, and honesty and integrity and excellence in how we do it.
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives and backgrounds of all individuals.
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands on learning.

Who Benefits from Junior Achievement’s programs?

JA inspires students throughout Central Iowa with programs that bridge the gap between the classroom and the board room. The experience-based learning programs span grades K-12, and focus on three key contact areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial literacy
  • Workforce

Is Junior Achievement effective?

JA is one of a few global non-profits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on JA’s effectiveness. Findings prove that JA has a positive impact in a number of critical areas. These results are available, for free, upon request. Additionally, JA’s programs meet the guidelines established by the FCAT and No Child Left Behind legislation.

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa’s Impact: For the 2015-2016 school year, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa reached over 31,000 students in almost 1,200 classes with over 2000 volunteers.


How can my company change a child’s life?

By Volunteering

Being a volunteer with Junior Achievement is easy. You can choose your classroom and time commitment. We’re flexible! Learn more.

By Investing

Your company can help JA reach more children with the inspiring messages of opportunity and achievement by making a donation.

By Giving Gifts-in-Kind

Occasionally, Junior Achievement of Central Iowa needs help with operational materials that make it possible to effectively deliver services to our community’s children.