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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, 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 18-19 school year include:

  • 10,526 students participated in JA, throughout Greater Mankato within 30 private and public schools with over 400 educational partners and almost 90,000 student contact hours during the 2018-19 school year.
  • JA Company Program was implemented at for high school students at Mankato East, Mankato West, Loyola, JWP and St. Peter.  There were seven companies with a total of 102 students and 2,652 contact hours.  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. 
  • In Greater Mankato, 1,172 8th graders participated in JA Finance Park, Virtual.  That is 39 classrooms, eight schools and over 21,000 contact hours!  This program 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.
  • Greater Mankato 7th graders participated in JA It’s My Future.  Some participated in the classroom setting in which students learned how to develop personal branding skills, researched potential careers, created a resume and practiced interviewing skills. Some of our rural schools participated a JA Farmamerica event day where JA It’s My Future curriculum was delivered by experts from the agriculture industry engaging students with hand-on activities aligning to state academic standards.
  • Over 980 students in 6th grade participated in JA BizTown.  This curriculum introduces basic business and economic concepts such as: bank services, government, taxes, citizenship, STEM careers and philanthropy.  Several weeks of teacher-taught classroom learning and a five-minute mock interview culminates with a day-long visit to our experiential learning lab in St. Paul; one of only 25 markets like it in the world provide this type of opportunity to students! 
  • Mankato Area Public Schools has implemented Junior Achievement programming K-12 in their strategic initiatives.  Programs offer 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.
  • St. Peter Public Schools has now implemented JA as part of their Graduate Portfolio that impacts each student.  JA programming grew from serving 611 students in 2017-18 to almost doubling in 2018-19 serving 1,206 students! 

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!

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