One of the objectives of the Iowa Lakes Corridor is to develop the next generation of successful entrepreneurs and leaders by encouraging youth to pursue the creation of new ventures and apply entrepreneurship concepts in their career endeavors. One of the special programs that the Iowa Lakes Corridor has initiated and sponsored in our region toachieve this objective is JA.
Junior Achievement is an organization dedicated to teaching students about entrepreneurship through hands-on programs. What began in 1919 as an after school program for high school students has grown to include middle and elementary school students, as well as programs that are incorporated into school curriculum. JA now reaches 9.7 million students worldwide each year; over 50 million have been involved in JA since its inception.
JA grew significantly this year in the Corridor region - from 14 classrooms to now 50 and still growing. We are so pleased with the involvement of elementary school administrators and teachers across the region and our business volunteers to be offering this program to our youngest residents.
If you are interested in becoming a JA volunteer, please contact the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation.