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Junior Achievement Helps Prepare Today's Students for a Bright Future

How you can get started

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa provides several ways that you can get involved whether you’re someone looking to volunteer, part of a district or school looking for educational materials, or part of a business looking to help us expand the reach of our mission.


In-person or Virtual you can Volunteer with Junior Achievement and make a profound difference in the youth of our community.

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Schools and Parents

Junior Achievement provides activities, guides, thought leadership and lots of additional resources to support learning.

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Junior Achievement partners with corporations and individuals to fund the programs that are delivered to our local students.

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Imagine a generation of students empowered with competencies and confidence to create their desired future. JA learning experiences inspire future entrepreneurs, foster financial literacy, and provide a foundation for career success.

JA BizTown

JA BizTown® is an experiential learning laboratory for elementary and middle school students that combines 9 hours of curriculum delivered in 12 lessons prior to a 4 and 1/2 hour visit to JA BizTown®, a fully interactive, mock town that simulates the day-to-day functions of thriving communities.

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JA Finance Park

This financial literacy laboratory exists to inspire and prepare youth to succeed. There is no question about it: Financial literacy and sound money management skills are essential to success.

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JA Classroom Programs

Junior Achievement connects the classroom to the community through our award-winning programs and volunteer network to empower students in their economic future. Partnering with JA is personalized, easy and impactful.

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JA Pathways

JA Pathways is our Competency-Based Education (CBE) framework where students can earn credentials in Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship and Work & Career Readiness. JA Pathways provide a competitive advantage for students and a talent pipeline for post-secondary institutions and employers.

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JA of Central Iowa Spotlight

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JA Finance Park

JA Finance Park® is all that, and more. This financial literacy laboratory exists to inspire and prepare youth to succeed. There is no question about it: Financial literacy and sound money management skills are essential to success. Today more than ever, young adults need a strong foundation for making intelligent, lifelong, personal financial decisions.

Calling All Educators!
Be sure to request a personal tour of the newly-renovated JA Finance Park space today!

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JA Finance Park
View the details for JA BizTown Summer Camp

JA BizTown Summer Camp

  Where: JA BizTown
 When: Monday, June 13, 2022 9:00 AM

Where: JA BizTown (6100 Grand Avenue, Des Moines IA, 50312)

JA BizTown Summer Camp is an indoor, academic camp geared towards students entering grades 5-7. This camp is designed to educate and enhance the camper's financial literacy learning while infusing entrepreneurship, work and career readiness, team work, marketing, philanthropy and public speaking.

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JA BizTown Summer Camp
Read the JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event

JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event

A powerful career exploration event! Free program for middle and high school students!

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Read the JA Emerging Leaders Board

JA Emerging Leaders Board

The Junior Achievement Emerging Leaders Board is committed to advance JA of Central Iowa through generating support among Central Iowa’s young business leaders. The EL Board assists with that mission by having its members actively support the Junior Achievement organization. The JAELB will be responsible for the development of future community events, development projects, marketing, volunteer recruitment and more.

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