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 contact Beth Miller, (574) 551-4698 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


To make a donation to ensure this learning continues, click here.

Volunteer Conduct Standards


Business Drive: October
Phone Drive: January

5K & 1 Mile Fun Run or Walk: August 11, 2018

The 45th Annual FunFest 5K and 1 mile FunRun will be held in August 2018 with the FunRun starting at 8:00 am and the 5K starting at 8:30 am.  Pre-registration will be online closer to the event. 100% of the entry fees support Junior Achievement programs for Manchester Community Schools students. 

There will be plenty of fruits, snacks, and water following the race as well as an awards ceremony held in Warvel Park.

Sponsorships are available!  Stay tuned for more details!

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Executive Members

Stephen Dafoe, Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service (President) 
Brooke Vanderpool, Insurance 1 Services (Vice President)
Miriah Tobias, Town of North Manchester (Secretary)
Dan Naragon, Naragon & Purdy, Inc. CPAs (Treasurer)


Amy Acree, North Manchester Public Library
Sandra Atkinson, Edward Jones Investments 
Dr. Jon Lippe, Manchester Community Schools 
Shaun Tilghman, Region 3-A Development & Regional Planning Commission
Nathan Zeller, Beacon Credit Union


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Cheers to the businesses and community leaders who volunteer their time to secure pledges of financial support for the programs provided by Junior Achievement serving Wabash County: North Manchester. Form a team to make calls, write letters, or make personal visits and raise pledges for JA, contact Julie Dyson at (574) 721-7212 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..