Junior Achievement of Middle America, Inc.

aka Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City   |   Kansas City, KS   |  https://jagkc.org/


The mission of Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. A comprehensive, equitable education is a catalyst to a choice-filled life. But for thousands of young people across Kansas City, this opportunity is drifting further from their reach. Stalled by financial insecurity, systemic injustice and inadequate access, today’s youth are being forced to abandon their hopes of attaining the “American” dream. Through JAKC children can reconnect to their potential and regain confidence for a bright future. With our partners, we can create economic opportunity and fuel a more equitable and just tomorrow. Because every child deserves to believe in themselves — and to have the tools, access, and opportunity to do it. The demand for real world learning in schools continues to grow. JAKC has a plan to support ALL students as they strive to fulfill their greatest potential, in and beyond the classroom. Our vision is to increase access to learning opportunities which promote economic mobility for ALL youth. With our partners, JAKC is redesigning the education experience, providing engaging and enriching experiences that equip the next generation of leaders with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to be successful. This will in turn drive local, regional, and national economic development, increasing the standard of living in ALL communities.

Ruling year info


President and Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Megan Sturges Stanfield

Main address

2842 W. 47th Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66103 USA

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NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

JA Pathways

JA Pathways – a new, strategic methodology – is an innovative solution to drive systemic change; strengthening partnerships between schools, businesses, and the community to prepare youth with crucial competencies needed to succeed in an increasingly complex and competitive world. Through JA Pathways' competency-based approach, students (Kindergarten through twelfth grade) will strive for mastery of a subject regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. JA Pathways emphasizes a framework of customized delivery, personalized learning, and individualized assessment to inspire and prepare youth, ultimately enabling them to demonstrate the competencies and life skills needed to be financially capable, work ready, and entrepreneurially minded.

JA Pathways focuses on inspiring, preparing, and empowering youth to envision and realize their potential across the K-12 academic journey. It provides school districts with curriculum, experiences, and support when needed. Mentorship from trusted volunteer role models reinforces concepts, lessons, and experiences in financial literacy, career readiness, and the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset. JA Pathways re-imagines what experiential student engagement looks like, helping young people foster meaningful personal connections with professional mentors.

Through JA Pathways, kids in grades K-3 will master foundational concepts through a variety of classroom-based interactions and inspiring lessons led by teachers and volunteers. As students move into upper elementary and middle school (grades 4-8), JA experiences narrow sights on preparation and application. This phase features lessons designed to build on the critical foundational competencies, culminating with three transformational capstone field experiences in high school:

1. JA BizTown
This signature capstone experience launches students into a simulated economy. Individuals take on the three-fold role of employee, consumer and engaged citizen. Students discover firsthand the intricacies of being a thriving professional and contributing community member. They see with their own eyes the abundance and variety of career opportunities available for their futures. Youth put what they have learned in the classroom into action, immersing themselves in reality-based decision-making processes and navigating personal and professional life challenges.

2. JA Career Center
A space for students to investigate how they can leverage their passions and strengths into successful careers. Youth will be able to answer a powerful question – “Who can I become?” after exploring connections between personal skills, interests, agilities, and professional opportunities.

3. JA Innovation Center
A practical application lab where youth will tackle real-world problems and create their own innovative solutions, leaving with the inspiration to follow their dreams and equipped with the competitive advantage of an entrepreneurial mindset.

As youth enter the final JA Pathways stage, the scope shifts, empowering students to demonstrate competencies that will facilitate a successful transition to post-graduation success. 3DE: Three-Dimensional Education by Junior Achievement, is a proven and innovative model to redesign high school learning and create equitable access to high quality education. 3DE is re-engineering high school education with an eye to relevance, experiential learning, and authenticity, connecting students to the complexities that exist beyond classroom walls.

The comprehensive JA Pathways model will produce measurable gains in students’ knowledge, skills, and aspirations. JA Pathways equips youth to graduate with a vision for their future, confidence in their abilities, and a path to achievement and economic empowerment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Affiliations & memberships

Junior Achievement Worldwide 1955

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City serves an estimated 10,000 students, Kindergarten through twelfth grade, in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, including both sides of the Kansas / Missouri state line. Approximately 75% of our student participants reside in under-resourced neighborhoods, attending schools with fewer opportunities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    JAKC pivoted to digital programs and self-guided experiences as quickly as possible based on feedback from our target population in 2020. In addition, we have responded to requests from community and school district leaders to serve grades 4-8 to support real-world learning voids and curriculum deserts.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,


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Junior Achievement of Middle America, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kathryn Rhodes


Term: 2020 - 2022

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Jeffrey Greig

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Duane Myer

University of Kansas-Edwards Campus

Wendee Peres

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Justin Richter

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RJ Trowbridge

Jones Lang LaSalle

Rafael Andrade

Kansas City Southern

Samara Herrerra

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Cynthia Fails

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Nora Freyman

Teach for America Kansas City

Kristen Harris

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Tish Teasley


Jermaine Wilson

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/11/2021

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.