Inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement empowers youth to own their economic success as the leading provider of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education for students in grades K-12 in Central Illinois.
Founded in 1919, Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our business is helping the community grow through youth, education and economic development. Junior Achievement of Central Illinois is a local organization, partnering with area businesses and organizations to recruit volunteers and donors just like you! All funds raised locally stay local to serve students right here in central Illinois.
JA’s volunteer-delivered K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Students learn valuable skills from experiential lessons in the classroom. With the help of community and business volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.
JA’s unique delivery system provides the training, materials and support necessary to bolster the chances for student success. Business people and local community leaders visit classrooms just a few times or throughout the semester. They volunteer to share their workforce experience with students, all while teaching sound economic principles and reinforcing class curricula. Nine out of 10 teachers believe experiential learning is effective in getting students interested in higher education and careers.
Who We Serve
Last year, we served over 17,937 students in grades K-12 with the help of over 600 volunteers. Junior Achievement of Central Illinois currently serves participating schools and organizations in the following counties: Ford, Fulton, Livingston, Logan, Mason, McLean, Menard, Peoria, Sangamon, Tazewell, and Woodford.
How to Help
Junior Achievement is made possible by support from local businesses and individuals. We rely on volunteers and donors to help us provide programs at no cost to the school. Each school year, JA of Central Illinois mobilizes hundreds of dedicated, well-trained volunteers, ranging from CEOs to college students, young professionals to retirees. They serve as invaluable role models, helping students understand the important role of education in their future success. To volunteer or make a donation, visit centralillinois.ja.org or call (309) 682-1800.
Junior Achievement of Central Illinois
508 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
Fax: (309) 682-3916
Mary Pille, President
Angie Houck, Program Director
Heather Sexton, Development Manager
Sally Jo Eastman, Marketing & Special Events Manager
Carol Closen, Program Coordinator
Kimberly Vogelzang, Program Coordinator
Kate Whetstone, Program Coordinator
Alana Copeland, Operations Coordinator