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JA Receives 2016 Peak Performance Team Award

Posted on February 16, 2017


National Award Recognizes Superior Performance across Key Metrics

Moline, IL—Junior Achievement USA® (JA) has recognized the staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement of the Heartland with the 2015-16 Peak Performance Team Award. The Peak Performance Team Award was created to recognize outstanding performance by a local Junior Achievement office team during the past fiscal year.

To qualify for the award, a JA Area office had to demonstrate a strong financial position and positive student growth. Recipients recognized with the award have achieved the highest combined level of student growth, increased market share and total revenue growth.

“The board of directors and staff of Junior Achievement of the Heartland are honored to receive this recognition. We are passionate about the work we do in teaching students to be valuable employees and successful entrepreneurs who know how to manage their personal finances,” said Barbara VenHorst, President of Junior Achievement of the Heartland.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Junior Achievement of the Heartland reached 56,697 students in 24 counties, representing an overall student growth of 1.5 percent. Out of the 109 JA Areas in the United States, Junior Achievement of the Heartland ranks as the 25th largest JA Area based on the number of students served. The organization ranks sixth in the nation for the highest student market share; 30.18 percent.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA) Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves 24-counties in eastern Iowa, western Illinois, and Grant County, Wisconsin. Each year more than 56,000 students benefit from a JA experience. Since originating in 1956, the organization has served a cumulative 1.2 million students.