Inspire and prepare young people to succeed
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 an 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.Volunteers, begin here
Schools and Parents
Junior Achievement provides activities, guides, thought leadership and lots of additional resources to support learning.Schools and Parents, begin here
EDUCATION THAT EMPOWERS
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 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.Learn More
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.Learn More
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.Learn More
JA of Central Iowa Spotlight
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!
JA Finance Park
2022 JA Stock Market ChallengeWhere: Corporate event: JA of Central Iowa 5:15 PM----- HS Challenge: John Deere Financial 9:00 AM
When: Thursday, February 24, 2022 9:00 AM
JA Stock Market Challenge
Thurs, February 24, 2022
High School Challenge | 9 AM - 1 PM
Corporate Challenge | 5:15-8:00 PM
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.
2022 JA Stock Market Challenge
JA Inspire- A Powerful Career Exploration Event
A powerful career exploration event! Free program for middle and high school students!Read Blog
JA Connect | Learning Pathways
Discover the dos and don’ts of running a business
Work like a boss and kickstart your career
Take control of your financial future
Organizations Partnering With Us