int-20Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana has offered students practical economic education and learning experiences since 1952. Today, we reach more than 125,900 pre-kindergarten through high school students across 27 counties in northern Indiana, 2 counties in Michigan, and 1 county in Ohio.

In partnership with educators and businesses, more than 5,500 adult volunteers share Junior Achievement activities in the classroom and serve as guides within the JA BizTown and JA Lincoln Finance Park experiential learning facilities.

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Our History and Milestones

2013
Merged with Junior Achievement serving Michiana to serve more than 6,500 additional young people in Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan and Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties in Indiana.

2012
Served 101,673 pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students during the 2011-12 school year.

2011
Celebrated the 10-year anniversary of JA BizTown in October, and service to more than 80,000 5th and 6th grade students during those exciting 10 years.

2010
Reached 43% of the kindergarten through 12th grade students in our northern Indiana region during the 2009-10 school year, retaining the organization's position as #1 across the nation in service to students, significantly above the national 9% average for other Junior Achievement service areas.

2009
Expanded service to students in LaPorte County and in Michigan City, Indiana, increasing the total number of counties served to 25.

2008
Implemented a new "JA In A Day" flexible delivery system, offering JA programs through a one-day school-wide initiative.

2006
Merged with JA of Greater Lafayette allowing JANI to reach nearly 90,000 students.

2005
Launched the Lincoln Finance Park facility.

2004
Reached our 1,000,000th student in northern Indiana.

2002
Launched Exchange City.
(Exchange City, now JA BizTown.)

1999
Reached 80,000 students.

1997
Piloted new tenth grade program, Perspectives.  This year JA served three times more students than eight  years prior.  Implemented a locally developed Pre-School Program which operated in 40 classrooms.

1996
Highest market penetration of any Junior Achievement area in the nation reaching 70,000 kids through a partnership of 3,000 business volunteers and 2,000 educators.

1994
Operated the largest Elementary program in the nation.

1993
Piloted the kindergarten, fourth and fifth grade programs—all national firsts.

1992
Piloted the first and third grade elementary school programs—both are national firsts.  Twelfth largest Junior Achievement Operation in the nation.

1991
Piloted the first elementary school program in the second grade—a national first.

1990
Piloted the Economics of Staying in School program in the seventh grade and the Cornerstone Program at the ninth and tenth grade levels.

1987
Nine JA Company of the Year Awards to date—national first.  7,000 companies representing all 50 states competed annually for this title.  Had a JA Company finishing in the top ten every year for the prior eighteen years.

1986
Hosted the first Applied Economics Teacher Development Conference in the nation.

1984
Business Basics operated in 100% of the Allen County sixth grade classrooms.

1983
Piloted the nation's first twelfth grade program, entitled Applied Economics.

1981
Piloted the nation's first sixth grade program, entitled Business Basics.

1980
Project Business operated in 100% of the Allen County classrooms.

1976
Hired the first full-time Project Business staff person in the nation.

1972
Piloted the first in-school program, Project Business, in Rosetta Curry's class at Lane Middle School.

1971
Built a new facility on Noble Drive.

1968
Won the first national Company of the Year Award.

1952
Incorporated in Fort Wayne, Indiana, becoming the first JA operation in the state.