Junior Achievement’s response to the COVID-19 virus

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest is continuing to monitor COVID-19 developments and has aligned our response with state mandates, as well as with health experts, schools, and community partners. Our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, volunteers, partners, staff, and the greater communities we serve.

  • Junior Achievement (JA) programs have been transitioned to delivery methods that support all education models across our region, including in-person, distance-learning, and hybrid.
  • Volunteering remains an important component of JA programs as it brings the content to life for students. All volunteering will take place virtually via either live or recorded video through December 2020. Programs will be delivered by teachers with support from the virtual volunteer.
  • The Junior Achievement James R. and Patricia Hemak Experiential Learning Center, including JA BizTown, JA Finance Park, and the JA Innovation Incubator, will remain closed through 2020; programs will be delivered virtually to students during this closure.
  • Non-programmatic events (i.e., fundraisers, meetings, workshops, etc.) will be conducted virtually or transitioned to versions that align with local safety guidelines.
  • JA has expanded our digital portfolio of free online resourcesfor teachers and parents to support our children’s distance learning.
  • All JA team members are working remotely.

In a world that is rapidly changing, we want you to know that JA’s commitment to youth and our partners remains unchanged. Together, we can continue to keep young people engaged, inspired, and educationally challenged. Your continued support is appreciated and valued.

Please reach out to your JA contact, or our general email info@jaum.org, with any questions, concerns, or ideas. Stay healthy and be well!

(updated 9/9/2020).