Who We Are

About JA


To prepare and inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. We remain dedicated to:

  • Youth Development: Empowering young people to own their economic success.
  • Education Development: Helping students make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.
  • Economic Development: Preparing our future workforce with a competitive edge they need to succeed in a global economy.

Read more on our educational philosophy.

Since Junior Achievement was founded on a national level in 1919, over 115 million students have passed through our programs. Locally, we’ve educated more than 1 million students – and we show no signs of stopping. Read more about our impact here.

Junior Achievement of the Heartland spans over 24 counties in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin – from larger communities like Dubuque and the Quad-Cities to more rural school districts like Camanche, DuPue or Kewanee.  You can find more information on each of our communities here.