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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.

Valued District Partners

We are proud to officially partner with these school districts to provide JA programs and experiences for their students.

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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 of Central Iowa Spotlight

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JA of Central Iowa - Career-Ready Credential

JA Credentials is Junior Achievement’s credentialing program that allows young people to earn credentials that demonstrate they are well-prepared to succeed in the workplace, new ventures, and life. Young people test their skills and competencies to earn multiple micro-credentials, which, when combined, lead to a full credential. They showcase the skills that employers seek and that entrepreneurs need.

The first credential available is the JA Career-Ready Credential, additional credentials will be added in the future.

The JA Career-Ready Credential equips young people to be well-prepared for the workplace and life.

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JA of Central Iowa - Career-Ready Credential
View the details for JA BizTown In A Day

JA BizTown In A Day

  Where: Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
 When: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 8:30 AM

NEW THIS SUMMER: JA BizTown in a Day presented by HomeServices Lending is geared towards students entering 5th – 8th grades.

JA BizTown in a Day options:

1. Tuesday, June 18th

2. Thursday, June 20th

3. Monday, June 24th

4. Wednesday, June 26th

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JA BizTown In A Day
View the details for JA Women in Business Workshop

JA Women in Business Workshop

  Where: Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
 When: Thursday, July 11, 2024 9:00 AM

Please join us for the 2nd annual summer workshop presented by PurposeBank, focused on empowering young women and providing them with skills, connections and opportunities that will help them flourish in their lives.

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JA Women in Business Workshop
Read the JA Finance Park Volunteer Opportunities!

JA Finance Park Volunteer Opportunities!

Bring your company for a day of volunteering in JA Finance Park!

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