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Dear JA Friend,

During Personal Financial Literacy Month, Junior Achievement says thank you to the more than 4,200 educators and nearly 6,000 volunteers who are partnering with JA to reach an expected 124,000 youth across 30 counties this year. With the financial commitment of generous donors, this partnership is empowering young people to own their future economic success.

Lena Yarian
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JA Showcases Local Jobs, Education Opportunities

Whats Next GuideAccording to, an organization that provides research and information on education and workforce development, “students who participate in career readiness programs are two-thirds more likely to express future occupational goals and confidence regarding career planning, than students who do not participate in these programs.”

JA has always been, and continues to be, passionately dedicated to the goal of preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s workforce. And an important component of JA activities is showcasing local workplace and education opportunities. Through the many educational and professional relationships JA has forged across the region, students are becoming increasingly aware of, and prepared for, careers within our local communities.

ja dayFor example, career information is shared with elementary and middle school students during JA in a Day experiences. The colorful graphics capture attention and showcase local hot jobs. Real-life career simulations are included in the one-day role-play experiences at the specialty JA BizTown and JA Finance Park facilities, too.

New this year: A career essay competition for JA Economics for Success and JA Career Success students. Students explore their career goals in the essay, with the opportunity for one student in each school to receive a $100 award. There’s an added job shadow opportunity for JA Career Success students who enter the essay competition, as well.

To learn more about the ways JA partners with educators and employers, contact In-School Program Managers Hayli Beck and Ashley Adamson at (260) 484-2543. Discover the JA programs in your community by clicking here:


JA Receives National Awards

ja finance park studentsJunior Achievement is celebrating the receipt of two national honors: JA USA Peak Performance Award and JA USA Star Award. The Peak Performance Award recognizes superior annual performance by a JA staff team in achieving growth in students reached while sustaining financial and operational soundness. We reached 123,372 pre-kindergarten through high school youth during the 2013-14 school year recognized. That’s a reach of 35% of the student market share in the 30-county region served, significantly higher than the national average of 9%. In Allen County, JA remained an integral part of every school district, serving more than 70% of the county’s student population.

april classThe Star Award recognizes staff and boards that meet operational standards for compliance, student impact, operational efficiency, financial stability, and sustainability.

“As a recipient of these awards, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana represents the best JA has to offer. They set the standard by which JA’s success is measured, and their commitment and dedication to young people is reflected in their achievement of these honors,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO, Junior Achievement USA.

To learn more about Junior Achievement service to youth in your community, click here:


JA Appreciation Cook-Out

cookoutOn Wednesday, May 20, from 4:00-6:00 p.m., there will be food and music as members of the JA Board of Directors cook for educators and volunteers at the annual JA Educator & Volunteer Appreciation Cook-Out.

The grills will be fired up next to JA’s headquarters at 601 Noble Drive (behind Northcrest Shopping Center), in Fort Wayne. Educators and volunteers from across the 30 counties served by Junior Achievement are welcome!

“We’re hosting this special event to thank the educators and volunteers who so generously support the JA economics education programs that prepare youth for future economic success,” says Lena Yarian, President, Junior Achievement. “This important partnership of educators and volunteers ignites the spark of excitement regarding workforce readiness and personal financial literacy experiences.”


 BEL Awards and Summer Events

On Tuesday, May 12, Junior Achievement’s annual BEL Awards ceremony will honor the 2015 inductees to the Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame: M. James Johnston, Corporate & Endowment Strategy, LLC; Ardelle Glaze, Fort Wayne Metals (posthumously); and Milt Cole, Cole Hardwood.

During the BEL Awards ceremony, Golden Achievement Awards will also be presented to area volunteers and educators. The Golden Achievement Awards recognize their dedication and the partnership of business and education.

To reserve your seat or a corporate table at the event, contact Lena Yarian, (260) 484-2543.

Sumuddy trail runmmer Activities Support JA

There’s a host of summer activities across our Junior Achievement region, each dedicated to fun and fund-raising. Upcoming events include:


Across the region, these community events are also scheduled:

These are only a few of the upcoming events – there are lots more in every local community! Check out the activities by clicking here. Then, learn more about how you and your business team 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 27 counties in northern Indiana, 2 counties in Michiana, and 1 county in Ohio will experience the benefits of JA learning. Visit to learn more.