Junior Achievement of the Heartland


Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

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Address: Schmid Innovation Center, Millwork District 900 Jackson Street, LL5-2F
Dubuque, IA 52001
Junior Achievement fosters the future success and economic health of young people and thus the communities in which they live. We do this by providing work-readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship programs to students in kindergarten through high school. Through these programs and with the support of businesses and individuals, JA reinforces the relevancy of schools' curriculum and empowers young people to own their economic success.

Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Heartland serves more than 56,000 students throughout our 24-county territory each school year. Of these students, more than 4,000 reside in the Tri-State Area.

The JA experience heightens students' understanding of the role education plays in their future success in the workforce. JA programs promote 21st Century Skills, such as critical-thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication, while helping students understand the importance of acquiring technical skills in math, science, coding, and composition. Junior Achievement also helps students appreciate the need for higher education, whether it's a four-year degree or a technical certification for a skilled trade.

Research indicates JA influences career aspirations:
• Nearly one-in-three (30%) of JA alumni credit JA for influencing their career decision
• One-in-five JA alumni work in the same field as their JA volunteer
• More than half (55%) of JA alumni say their JA experience gave them an idea of how business works

Junior Achievement helps students understand the world of work and the skills necessary to succeed.
"JA was an important experience for me, it really sparked my interest in business for my future. JA taught me a slow steady climb with hard work is better than a race to the end, and crashing. JA helped me learn about how business works. JA was a fun experience and I got to know other kids from other schools. If I didn't have JA I would have missed out on a great experience and great contacts for my future." - Alex Schmitt, Student, Dubuque