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Junior Achievement of the Heartland
Quarterly Newsletter


The JA of the Heartland staff would like to wish you a safe and healthy holiday season! Thank you for giving today’s students hope as they make the connection between education and their dreams.

A few hours of your time can make a lasting difference!

JA Volunteers Needed
Help local students prepare for their future.
It’s easy!
  • Training and kit of materials provided
  • Easy-to-follow speaking points and materials for hands-on activities
  • Five to six classroom visits. Each visit is about 30-40 minutes
  • Classroom visits scheduled by volunteers and educators in a way that works best for both

Contact our team to learn more!

Stacy Voelliger
Senior Education Manager
[email protected]
Servicing Cedar (IA), Des Moines (IA),
Louisa (IA), Muscatine (IA), and
Scott (IA) Counties

Nora Shook
Education Manager
[email protected]
Servicing Allamakee (IA), Clayton (IA),
Clinton (IA), Dubuque (IA), Grant (WI),
Jackson (IA), Jo Daviess (IL), and
Rock Island (IL) Counties

Monica Telschow
Education Coordinator
[email protected]
Servicing Bureau (IL), Henderson (IL),
Henry (IL), La Salle (IL), Lee (IA), Lee (IL), Mercer (IL),  Putnam (IL), Scott (IA),
Warren (IL), Washington (IA), and
Whiteside (IL) Counties

Join our team!

Are you passionate about helping young people succeed? This school year, more than 50,000 students will need your help throughout our region. Join our team and change a life forever!

Open positions:
Community Relations Director – Full-time
Capstone Coordinator – Part-time, Seasonal
Education Coordinator – Part-time, Seasonal
JA Office Volunteer for Education Team

Give the gift of hope!

As 2021 comes to a close, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Junior Achievement. Help young people in our community gain the knowledge and skills they need to have a brighter future.


JA Bowl-A-Thon

Let’s get back to bowling!
February – March 2022
Find a location near you!

Grab some family members, friends, or coworkers and join us at a bowling alley near you. A fun day for all AND you get to support JA while doing it.

Presented by:

Drs David & Agnes Palmer
JA Titan Competition

Congratulations to our winning teams!
December 8
Palmer College of Chiropractic

The winners of the Drs. David & Agnes Palmer JA Titan Competition were Mediapolis High School! Each student from the winning team received $1,000 scholarship money for post-secondary education provided by Vickie Anne Palmer. Wilton High School and Southwestern High School took second and third place and will also receive scholarship dollars. Students worked in teams to make financial decisions about production, marketing, research and development, and corporate social responsibility in a phone industry.

Program News

JA in a Day at Fillmore Elementary
Fillmore Elementary participated in our first-ever, whole school JA in a Day! Fillmore students in grades K-4 & 6 had community volunteers present JA learning experiences to their classes, and the 5th graders attended JA BizTown®. Approximately 430 students were impacted by JA on that day.

JA BizTown is back!

Students are excited to be back! They may not be old enough to drive, work, vote or be the boss. But that doesn’t stop them from operating banks, managing restaurants, writing checks, and voting for mayor at JA BizTown! The program combines in-class learning with a day-long visit full of hands-on activities to help them connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. This school year more than 4,500 students will spend a day at JA World.

Teen shoppers concerned about shortages

A new survey of teens conducted for Junior Achievement by the research firm ENGINE Insights shows that most teens (55%) are concerned that global supply chain issues will result in shortages of gift items this holiday season. “For many teens, shopping for others during the holiday season is their first exposure to some of the economic realities, such as rising prices or shortages, that face their parents or caregivers,” said Dougal Nelson, Junior Achievement of the Heartland President & CEO. “In many ways, this can be a teachable moment.”

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