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Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about college and career readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Greater Mankato serves students throughout Mankato, North Mankato, Eagle Lake, St. Clair, Nicollet, Good Thunder, Mapleton, Minnesota Lake and NEW during the 17-18 school year Lake Crystal and St. Peter. Our Mankato Advisory Board has 19 active members, one full-time staff member and one part-time staff member.

Highlights from the 17-18 school year include:

  • 10,172 students participated in JA, throughout Greater Mankato within 30 private and public schools with 406 educational partners.
  • Mankato Area Public Schools has implemented Junior Achievement programming K-12 in their strategic initiatives and 100% of students K-8 will receive JA during the 2017-18 school year. New this year, JA will implement JA It’s My Future, offers practical information about preparing for the working world. Students explore potential careers, discover the four factors to consider in choosing a career, and recognize basic job-hunting tools.
  • All 8th graders throughout greater Mankato will participate in JA Finance Park, Virtual gives students an opportunity to develop personal money management skills, acquire personal finance knowledge and prepare for financial decisions and challenges in their adult lives. Through an online simulation, students assume family and income scenarios and visit businesses to gather information for their personal financial decision-making.
  • During the 17-18 school year, JA Company Program will be an established semester-long class at Mankato East, Mankato West, St. Peter High School, Loyola and Kato Public Charter High Schools. JA Company Program, provides high school students (grades 9–12) an opportunity to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching their own start-up business, unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit. The program utilizes both original and curated content. Meeting-specific, student-friendly materials enable students to identify the key elements of organizing and operating a business and to consider creating their own start-up business.

Thanks to our generous sponsors.

Katie Mons, District Manager
210 E. Lime St., Mankato, MN 56001
507-387-9609; fax 507-387-9604


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Other ways you can get involved with JA

Volunteer in a local elementary, middle or high school classroom – The elementary school program consists of five lessons (30-45 minutes per lesson) that can be delivered weekly or all in one day (“JA in a Day”). The middle and high school programs run six to 12 weeks, depending on the specific curriculum chosen. Sign up today!

Make a donation – your financial support can help hundreds of students learn real-world skills that will prepare them to succeed in school and beyond. A gift of $25 will support one student.

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