Educational Institutions

Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

Quick Facts

St. Paul, MN


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


President & CEO

Gina P. Blayney

Main Address

1745 University Ave W

St. Paul, MN 55104 USA


education, business, enterprise





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Junior Achievement's Experiential Learning Center

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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.

Each year, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest partners with the University of Minnesota's Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) to evaluate Junior Achievement programs delivered to students in our 3-state region. Studies showed that JAUM's efforts produced statistically significant improvements in students' understanding of the economy and society, and in students' character strengths. In addition to local results, JAUM measures outcomes based on an annual survey of Junior Achievement alumni conducted by JA USA.

The results are impressive. After participating in JA Titan, students increased their knowledge of key economic concepts from 52.9% to 86.2%. Participation in JA Titan also increased students' interest in starting their own business (from 23.1% to 29.6%).

Students who participated in JA Finance Park made statistically significant gains in their understanding of personal finance when compared to a similar group of students who did not participate in the program. Students also made significant improvements in important attitudes, such as their willingness to save for the future and their aspirations for success in post-secondary education.

Students participating in JA Job Shadow significantly increased their understanding of the skills needed to secure and succeed in a good job in today's economy. The average percent correct on pre and post-tests of these key concepts increased from 59.9% to 71.8%. A majority of students (88.9%) improved their understanding of how their education is connected to the quality of the lives they will lead as adults.

Junior Achievement students are better prepared to succeed now and in the future. JA alumni are 30% more likely to have a 4-year degree and 67% more likely to have a graduate degree than the general U.S. population. 88% of JA alumni are satisfied with their careers compared to 48.7% of the general public. When asked what impact JA has had on their lives, 30% of JA alumni say it helped them learn to better manage their money, and 90% of JA alumni are confident in their ability to manage money.

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Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, Inc.

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