Established in 1949, the Minneapolis and St. Paul chapters of Junior Achievement merged in 1982 to create Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc. JAUM has broadened its reach and now serves greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin. JAUM headquarters and its capstone facility are located in Maplewood, Minnesota. Junior Achievement programs are taught in more than 650 schools throughout the Upper Midwest. During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 160,000 students in grades K-12 experienced JA in their classroom. Each year more than 8,000 volunteers enter local schools to teach our innovative Junior Achievement programs. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin in kindergarten, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for their future and teaching them how to succeed in the global economy.