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Junior Achievement

Boundless Futures through Education

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa is a nonprofit that inspires and prepares young people for success

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

View the details for 2023 JA of Central Iowa Stock Market Challenge

2023 JA of Central Iowa Stock Market Challenge

  Where: John Deere Financial
 When: Thursday, March 30, 2023 9:00 AM

JA Stock Market Challenge
Thurs, March 30, 2023

High School Challenge | 9 AM - 1 PM
Corporate Challenge | 5:15-8:00 PM
Location: John Deere Financial: 6400 NW 86th St. | Johnston, IA 50131

The JA Stock Market Challenge is an exciting, fast-paced competition that provides high school students during the day, and corporate sponsors during the evening, the opportunity to participate in a day of simulated stock trading. Students participate in 60, one minute trading days where they learn to buy and sell stocks with analysis and risk.

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2023 JA of Central Iowa Stock Market Challenge
View the details for 2023 JA BizTown Summer Camp

2023 JA BizTown Summer Camp

  Where: JA BizTown

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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2023 JA BizTown Summer Camp
View the details for 2023 JA EntrepreneuHER Workshop

2023 JA EntrepreneuHER Workshop

  Where: JA Central Iowa
 When: Tuesday, July 11, 2023 9:00 AM

JA EntrepreneuHER Workshop is a 1-day event focused on empowering high school aged girls by giving them the tools and confidence to pursue their dreams.

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2023 JA EntrepreneuHER Workshop
Read the JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event

JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event

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

Junior Achievement of Central Iowa is excited to announce a new program for middle and high schools called JA Inspire – Virtual Career Fair! This program provides schools and students with 6 month access to a virtual career fair platform where companies from across our 55 county territory and 16 career clusters will create exhibitor booths to showcase their organization and educate students on how to land the job or career of their dreams.

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