A Few Words
Junior Achievement of the Heartland educates more than 30,500 students in the communities such as Quad Cities, Dubuque, Muscatine, Burlington, Sauk Valley, Illinois Valley, and many more.
Junior Achievement is the only nonprofit organization in the world dedicated to youth, education and economic development.
Mission: To Inspire and Prepare Your People To Succeed in a Global Economy
Junior Achievement fosters the future success and economic health of young people and the communities in which they live. We do this by providing hands-on elementary and secondary programs focused on work-readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Through these programs and the support of businesses and individuals, JA reinforces the relevancy of schools’ curriculum and empowers young people to own their economic success.
JA students are significantly more likely than their peers to believe that they will graduate from high school and college.
Did JA make a difference in your life? Our alumni are important to us and we want to reconnect with you!
If I Can, You Can
Do you want an active role in developing the next generation of leaders for our community?
From bowling to golfing to our JA Hall of Fame, we host many different special events throughout the year.
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!
- More than 51,500 kindergarten through high school students are reached each year with our programming options (When we were formed in 1956 that number was 155).
- We work with more than 90 school districts, and enter more than 2600 classrooms.
- Business-experienced community volunteers bring our curriculum to life, sharing their personal stories to educate our students through more than 4800 volunteer experiences.
- To divide it out: 76% of our students are elementary age, 16% are in middle grade, and 8% are in high school.
- Our program mix is 82% in-school programs, 11% JA World programs (JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®) and 7% specialized programs (Executive for Ethics, Career Expos, Penny Power, Urban Enterprises, etc.).
- We are ranked the 25th largest JA Area in the U.S. based on students served.
- JA of the Heartland was the 3rd JA Area to pilot JA BizTown® in 1999.
- JA of the Heartland was the 1st JA Area to pilot JA Finance Park® in 2003.
I was first introduced to Junior Achievement in 8th grade in Colorado Springs. I forever remembered that classroom experience so when I had the chance to volunteer, I took it. Spring 2018 will be my 15th year presenting “JA Ourselves ” to Kindergartener’s in my community schools. I am excited to be a part of the early teachings on economics and money concepts to students.