With the support of educators and community volunteers, Junior Achievement programs serve thousands of students in St. Joseph County every year. These JA experiences are igniting the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in a 21st century global marketplace. During the 2016-2017 school year, over 397 community volunteers partnered with 355 classrooms to impact more than 9,000 students with JA programs.

JA is a partnership between the business and education communities that prepares youth for economically independent futures based on strong economic knowledge and solid personal financial management skills.

We want to thank all of the teachers who invite us into their classrooms, our terrific volunteers who use their own experience and expertise to make the JA lessons come alive, and our generous contributors who provide the funding to help us open our students' minds to their potential!

If you are interested in serving on the St. Joseph County Board of Directors, or providing funding for Junior Achievement programming in St. Joseph County K-12 classrooms, please contact Beth Harsch at (574) 229-9221 or beth.harsch at ja.org.

If you are interested in volunteering to teach JA programming in a local classroom, or are a teacher in St. Joseph County who would like to know more about bringing JA programs into your classroom, please contact Colleen Hahn at (574) 252-6056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

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JA Achieve-A-Bowl presented by Crowe Horwath

Thanks to our sponsors and teams for making this year's Achieve-A-Bowl at Strikes & Spare a great success. Sponsors include: Crowe Horwath, Lake City Bank, PNC Bank, and Centier Bank. We hope you will join us at next year's Achieve-A-Bowl! 

JA Golf Classic: Fall 2019int 10 280x186

Held at the exclusive and beautiful Point O’ Woods Golf and Country Club in Benton Harbor, the JA Golf Classic is a perfect way to enjoy a lovely fall day with colleagues or clients. Teams of four scramble through a memorable golf experience on one of the Midwest’s best golf courses. 

JA Business Challenge: Winter/Spring 2019

Bring your coworkers and challenge a colleague to an epic battle to be a Titan of Industry. Teams of four adults utilize an online business simulation to determine who can run the most successful manufacturing company.  



Todd Bruce, Lake City Bank (Chair)
Mike Miller, Weigand Construction (Vice Chair)
Russ Matthys, Crowe Horwath (Treasurer)
Steve Nilles, Indiana Trust and Investment (Secretary)


Ali Aessa, Farm Credit
David Blank, Lippert Components
Marnie Cornell, Key Bank
Kevin Fautz, Mutual Bank
Deb Fox, Mishawaka Education Foundation
John Griffith, 1st Source Bank
Dave Grossnickle, Old National Bank
Robert Hyde, Gibson
Geo Honnon, Gurley Leep
Tom Liddell, Harmony Healthcare IT
Gerard McDonald, Medical Advantage Group
Judd McNally, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union
Josue Ortiz, Woodforest Bank
John Phair, Holladay Properties
Tom Ross, First Merchants Bank
Tasha Stepp, Centier Bank
Shawn Todd, Newmark Grubb Cressy & Everett
Alie Webb, PNC Bank
Brandon Williamson, Summers Insurance Agency


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