Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

St. Paul, MN   |  www.jaum.org

Mission

Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. We teach students how to start businesses that create jobs. We teach entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces. We teach skills to generate wealth and manage it.

We believe in the boundless potential of young people. We share their passion for excellence, respect their talents and creativity, celebrate their honesty and integrity, harness their desire for collaboration, and create opportunities for hands-on learning.

Ruling year info

1994

President & CEO

Sara Dzkiuk

Main address

PO Box 120478

St. Paul, MN 55112 USA

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EIN

41-1424988

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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JA Traditional In-School Programs

Providing age-appropriate classroom curriculum that begins in elementary school. Student learn how they impact the world around them as individuals, workers, and consumers. Programming continues through middle and high school where we focus on key content areas of financial literacy, college and career readiness and entrepreneurship.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Housing our Capstone programs (JA BizTown, JA Finance Park), JA's Experiential Learning Center impacts students through hands-on, relevant programming that helps them make a connection between what they learn in school and how it applies in the real world.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Junior Achievement's vision is to create a generation of financially literate, workforce ready and entrepreneurial young people who are equipped with the skills needed to take on their futures with direction and enthusiasm.

Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experience and expertise with students. Our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, demonstrating that today's young people can make a difference in the world.

Junior Achievement has strong partnerships with the business and education communities. Businesses recognize the importance of our programs, and how preparing students for future success will also benefit them by creating a workforce-ready generation. Educators value our programs because they correlate to the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards for social studies and math for grades K-12 as well as the Common Core State Standards in English/ Language Arts. Educators also value that JA brings volunteers into the classrooms to share their personal and professional experiences with students. According to annual surveys, our volunteers report that JA volunteer opportunities are rewarding and impactful. According to the 2015-2016 survey, 97% of JA volunteers felt they made a difference in the lives of young people, 97% would recommend volunteering with Junior Achievement to friends or colleagues, and 94% indicated that they would volunteer with Junior Achievement again.

Financials

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Operations

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Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jan Kruchowski

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No