About JA of the Heartland

Junior Achievement of the Heartland educates more than 30,500 students in communities such as Quad Cities, Dubuque, Muscatine, Burlington, Sauk Valley, Illinois Valley, and many more.

Our Mission

Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Junior Achievement is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s learning experiences — in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy — ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Junior Achievement is a global organization that was established in 1919. JA of the Heartland began serving the Quad Cities and surrounding communities in 1956. We have grown from serving 155 students in 1956 to more than 30,500 in 2020.

Junior Achievement is the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to youth, education and economic development.

Junior Achievement Facts

Our volunteers and board members put in countless hours – through programs, schools and events across 24 counties. And while we measure success based on the personal growth of each of our students, sometimes it’s fun to put a little math behind it too!​

Junior Achievement of the Heartland's Territory

JA Staff

Meet the passionate team committed to empowering our youth to own their future success.

JA Board

Our Board Members include passionate business and individual leaders in our community.

JA Key Partners

These organizations make it possible for JA to have a positive impact on our local youth.

JA Annual Report

We consistently receive high grades for accountability and transparency.

Our Commitment To Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

We at Junior Achievement are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias that promotes greater economic opportunity and equity. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers, educators, staff, and other partners and stakeholders, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

Get Involved with JA

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about JA, please let us know!