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Dear JA Friend,

I recently read a University of Michigan study that shows financial knowledge in a specific area is positively correlated with financial practices later. Imagine the financial skills that will be retained by the more than 124,000 students JA will reach this year!

Thank you volunteers, educators, and donors for partnering with us to make this possible.

Lena Yarian
Lena Yarian, President This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Spark! Newsletter

JA Finance Park Goes Digital

jani-ipad-2Adults manage their finances on computers, tablets, and SmartPhones – now more than 10,000 middle and high school students participating in JA Finance Park can, too. With a technology grant from Foellinger Foundation, these eager young people are tapping iPads as they build financial literacy skills during the capstone role play experience.

jani-ipad-3-2Each student receives an iPad to begin the experience at Lincoln Finance Park. The iPad allows the student to enter and calculate his or her budget and track expenditures during the role-play of adult financial responsibilities. As the students move through the park making expense decisions in 23 categories, the iPad application allows them to quickly adapt and readjust their expectations when the realities of a budget and desired expenditures collide.

“The kids love working on the iPads! It’s very realistic since many people manage their accounts online and develop their budgets using an electronic device,” said teacher Alissa Roberts, Columbia City High School.

ipad-girlsThe iPad technology also expands the career exploration opportunities for students. In addition, the volunteers who mentor them further the learning as they share their personal finance knowledge and career path challenges and successes.

“An important component of the JA Finance Park program is career and job research. Our goal is to add additional opportunities to the iPad technology to expand that research into careers, educational, opportunities and other aspects of the workforce that interest them,” says Lena Yarian, President, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

To learn about volunteer opportunities, contact Sarah at (260) 484-2543 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Discover more about JA Finance Park and volunteer opportunities by clicking here:


Be a JA Mentor

When you volunteer to mentor young people through JA, they gain valuable economic knowledge, workforce skills, and financial literacy. For companies, a JA in a Day partnership event is a gift to the community.

You select the grade level andjani-mentor-3 a school convenient to your work or home. Then JA provides everything in a professionally prepared kit. It’s filled with detailed activity plans and the hands-on materials that let students learn by doing. In the classroom, you guide their learning about the opportunities and realities of work in the 21st-century global marketplace.

When you partner with JA as a volunteer, pre-kindergarten through high school youth benefit from the variety of experiences and individual insights every JA mentor brings to the classroom.

Give the gift of time and share JA in a classroom. Consider a business partnership with JA to engage your employees, too. Explore the JA activities in your community. Then contact us to learn more.


JA Opportunities

When you support JA, young people are empowered to be successful. Whether you buy an auction item, watch a Komets game, or give to the Business Drive, you’re igniting the spark that empowers young people to own their future economic success.

JA’s 9th Annual Online Auction runs November 25-December 2. Bid on dinner certificates, sporting event tickets, rounds of golf, party packages, memorabilia and so much more. The bidding war starts at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25. Then, check back often to track your bids and your competitors. Simply visit (or use and use the seller name “juniorachievement”).

Cheer on the Komets at Junior Achievement Hockey Night Sunday, December 14. Tickets are only $5 per person, and 100% of every ticket sale benefits JA. Tickets are available through noon Friday, December 12 – buy them for the whole family or your entire department! Order yours at

During the JA Business Drive, more than 100 JA Board members and community leaders will be on the phones, calling business representatives and individuals to secure funding for JA’s hands-on learning. When your phone rings, consider an investment in JA and the future of young people in your community.

When a JA Board member calls you during JA Business Drive, please give generously. It’s an investment in youth that pays dividends for life.


 Inspiring Kids Through JA.

eliza-2With a gift to the annual JA Business Drive, you can inspire kids to a brighter future. Kids like Eliza Patton, who now runs her own gumball business...

Eliza experienced JA in kindergarten and again in her 1st-grade classroom at Washington STEM Elementary in Warsaw. Inspired, she started a gumball business. Now, she has racks of gumball machines in place, and her first bank account is growing with the profits.

brandonAnd young people like Brandon Bernhardt. Brandon participated in JA during elementary and high school. Now a college student, he volunteers with JA. He has already shared the kindergarten JA Ourselves, 4th grade JA Our Region, and 6th grade JA Global Marketplace programs. He has also mentored JA Finance Park students at Lincoln Finance Park.

With the dollars raised during the annual Business Drive, JA’s volunteer-delivered pre-kindergarten through high school programs will continue to reach young people like Eliza and Brando

To learn more about how you can get involved, contact JA at (260) 484-2543.

JA empowers young people to own their future economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education. During this 2014-15 school year, more than 124,000 young people in pre-kindergarten through high school classrooms across 25 counties in northern Indiana, 5 counties in Michiana, and 1 county in Ohio will expeirence the benefits of JA learning. Visit to learn more.