Did you know it takes about 2½ pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine? Or that beer dates back to at least 4,000 BC.? Community members at the Junior Achievement Wine & Beer Festival will learn all that and more as they taste test and relax with purchases on Saturday, August 5, from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at Parkview Field, downtown Fort Wayne.

Specialty Indiana wineries and craft brewers will offer taste testing as they share their knowledge about transforming grapes into smooth wines and hops into the best hand-crafted beer. To complement the wine and beer tasting, food will be available for purchase on site. Wine by the glass and bottle will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the gate. Designated drivers can purchase tickets for $10 per person. All proceeds will support Junior Achievement, which this year is empowering more than 131,000 young people to own their economic success by enhancing the relevancy of education.

“Fort Wayne has a tradition of amazing year-round celebrations, and JA is proud to be the selected beneficiary of this summer festival at Parkview Field,” says Lena Yarian, President, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana. “The Wine & Beer Festival is a way for adults to gather in support of JA’s mission of preparing young people for the opportunities and realities of work in the 21st century marketplace.”

On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, CEOs and business leaders who are also members of the JA Board of Directors will mentor 188 students at Washington Elementary School, 1015 W. Washington Blvd, Fort Wayne. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 1:00 p.m., they will share economic and personal financial literacy learning activities during JA in a Day.

Attending Board members will include Rex Peters, Senior Location Executive, IBM Corporation; Greg O’Daniel, O’Daniel Automotive Group; and David Rednour, Vice President, Riverside Manufacturing, LLC. As they guide classroom-based activities, the students will develop the knowledge and skills they need plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.

“Research shows that financially knowledgeable people are more likely to be self-supporting and to increase their standard of living through wise spending, saving, planning, and investing,” says Eric Ottinger, Executive Vice President, Lake City Bank, and Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Board Chair. “As JA Board members, we believe in the ability of JA programs to enhance the relevance of classroom learning, and we are excited about the opportunity to share the JA programs that educators ask for year after year.”

On Thursday, May 23, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 p.m., 38
Lincoln Financial Group employees, whose days are usually filled with the details of life insurance, annuities, and retirement plan services, will instead share JA activities with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade young people in their classrooms at Kekionga Middle School, 2929 Engle Road, Fort Wayne.

Lincoln Financial Group volunteers will share JA middle school programs during the school-wide JA in a Day. The volunteers will guide students through practical problem-solving activities, encouraging them to use their creativity and critical thinking to explore business and economics. The all-school focus increases student excitement and enhances their learning and retention as hands-on activities immediately build upon one another.

“In their classrooms, these middle school young people are learning about the economy and how it operates. Through the educator-requested JA in a Day activities, Lincoln Financial Group employees will be sharing their real-life experiences as they expand the students’ awareness of our local economy and their future workplace opportunities,” says Lena Yarian, President, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

On Tuesday, May 12th, Junior Achievement’s annual BEL (Business and Education Leadership) Awards ceremony will be held at the Mirro Center (10622 Parkview Plaza), with awards and recognitions beginning at 7:30 p.m.

M. James Johnston, President of Corporate & Endowment Strategy, LLC; Ardelle Glaze (posthumously), Founder of Fort Wayne Metals; and William Milt Cole, Owner of The Cole Family Enterprise, will be saluted as 2015 Greater Fort Wayne Business Hall of Fame Laureates. They will join 80 others who have been inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 1984.

In addition, Golden Achievement Awards will be presented to celebrate the outstanding innovations and achievements of volunteers and educators.

“The education and business leaders we honor with these BEL awards make it possible for JA to empower young people to own their future economic success. With their support, we are enhancing the relevancy of education for more than 123,000 pre-kindergarten through high school youth,” says Lena Yarian, President, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

To expand its ability to increase JA’s hands-on programming for young people across Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan, and Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties in northcentral Indiana, Junior Achievement serving Michiana has merged with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

“We are excited about the opportunity to combine our operations and increase the JA programs we offer in Michiana’s pre-kindergarten through high school classrooms,” says Shawn Todd, Board Chair, JA serving Michiana. “Educators have expressed a desire to add more JA programs in their elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Combining our JA operations enables us to respond to their requests, and community leaders and businesses are already pledging their support of time and funding. The result will be more young people able to experience JA’s economic education, workforce readiness, and financial literacy programs.”

Through the collaboration, the JA serving Michiana goal is to reach an expected 12,700 youth across Berrien and Cass counties in Michigan and Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph counties in northcentral Indiana during the upcoming 2013-14 school year.

A local Board of Directors will continue to guide JA serving Michiana. They and the current JA serving Michiana staff members will gain the support of a 42-person staff working within Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.

The collaboration of JA serving Michiana and Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana will incorporate an effective organizational structure that blends a centralized and decentralized approach to take advantage of the benefits of each.

JA of Northern Indiana annually serves 105,000 pre-kindergarten through high school young people across 25 counties in northern Indiana. It has achieved significant student learning outcomes and developed and sustained strong educator, volunteer, and donor relationships since 1952.

To learn more, visit www.jani.org/ja-michiana.

Did you know that a $1 bill lasts about a year and a half, and one million of them would weigh more than 2,000 pounds? While Bloomingdale Elementary students won’t be lifting a million dollars during JA in a Day, on Tuesday, January 15 they will interact with 20 Lake City Bank employees who will help them learn about earning, saving, and spending their dollar bills. Activities will begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue until 1:00 p.m.,at the school, 1300 Orchard Street, Fort Wayne.


Requested by teachers and principals in more than 30 schools during this academic year, JA in a Day is an opportunity for elementary students to experience economic concepts through hands-on activities. These sequential programs help them discover the roles of individuals and families in a successful working economy. Lake City Bank employees will guide the learning, helping the kids build their own 3-D city or experiment with production methods, for example.


JA in a Day is an ideal way for Lake City Bank employees to share their life and business experience with children. We support JA programs because they are proven to help young people understand economic concepts and appreciate the value of a dollar,” says Eric Ottinger, Executive Vice President, Lake City Bank, and Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Board Chair.

On Monday, October 22, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and continuing until 1:00 p.m., 32 General Motors employees who typically spend their day managing pick-up truck parts will instead bring JA activities to K-5th grade students at Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 East Cook Road, Fort Wayne.

GM volunteers will read stories about earning and saving money with kindergarten children, they will help 1st grade students map out a community filled with businesses and jobs, and they will engage 2nd grade students in production activities in the own Sweet “O” Donut shop. In 3rd grade classrooms they will mentor students as they build a 3-D city, while in 4th grade classrooms the activities will demonstrate business profit and loss. Working with 5th grade students they will showcase the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills needed in the workplace, for example.

“These GM volunteers will ignite student imaginations through hands-on activities designed to help them experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work in the local, regional and global marketplace,” says Hayli Dick, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.