Youth Development

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • www.westmichigan.ja.org

Mission Statement

Junior Achievement prepares and inspires young people to succeed in a global economy.

Service Areas

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Michigan

JA Serves 45 counties in West Michigan, Mid Michigan, the U.P. and the Tip of the Mit including: Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Crawford, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, Chippewa, Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta, Alger, Menominee, Dickinson, Marquette, Baraga, Iron, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic

ruling year

1994

President

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Mr. William C Coderre, III, CFRE

Keywords

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education, business, free enterprise, financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship

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Also Known As

Junior Achievement

EIN

38-1557861

 Number

0609865565

Physical Address

741 Kenmoor Avenue SE Suite C

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Every year Junior Achievement builds upon the already strong public school curriculum with financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programming. We are dedicated to improving upon this programming by infusing technology and by recruiting passionate mentors who are driven to serve their community by providing hands-on, experience based learning.

Programs

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Program 1

Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers. Junior Achievement programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues they'll face.

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Each year Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes strives to focus in on our three most important community builders: students, educators, and volunteers. We are deeply committed to our mission promise, empowering young people to own their future financial success. In short, we are taking students from an attitude of "I can't" to "I CAN" by providing the tools and inspiration to follow their dreams by finding their path to success.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Providing top quality programming built on the foundational pillars of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness, our strategy for ultimately building a brighter future for our community is to continue obtaining funding from businesses and individuals who are passionate about our mission. Often times these same constituents provide the dedication needed to deliver that programming as volunteers to provide students with the ultimate experience by learning from live mentors who deeply care about sharing what they have learned in order to guide and serve our youth. Thankfully, JA USA provides scientific research showing exceptional results which we use to prove our great impact on our community.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Armed with a stellar team of employees, board members, donors, volunteers and educators, JA makes it happen every day by keeping our mission statement front and center and by executing each classroom experience, fundraising event and board meeting with integrity, innovation, collaboration, and a deep belief that we can and WILL make a difference.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    JA USA provides scientifically proven data each year in order to prove the positive impact each area JA is making on their community. Based on this data, we know that JA alumni are 2.5 times more likely to become in involved in entrepreneurial activities, 93% more likely to have a highschool diploma, 67% more likely to have an advanced degree, and 30% more likely to obtain a bachelor's degree than the general public. Furthermore, 88% of JA alumni are satisfied with their career, 55% cite JA for giving them an idea of how business works, and 30% say that JA gave them the idea for their career path. The proof is there and there is no denying that Junior Achievement is changing lives!
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In 2015-2016 we served 2,683 students over the previous year, served 300 schools, provided 325,368 instructional hours, maintained 1,482 educational partners, taught 2,367 classes, recruited 1,621 mentors (volunteers) and worked with 511 organizations. In the coming year we are planning to continue gaining ground on our capstone project highlighted in the letter from our president, Mr. William Coderre III.
Service Areas

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Michigan

JA Serves 45 counties in West Michigan, Mid Michigan, the U.P. and the Tip of the Mit including: Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Ionia, Montcalm, Muskegon, Mecosta, Newaygo, Oceana, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Crawford, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, Otsego, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Mackinac, Chippewa, Luce, Schoolcraft, Delta, Alger, Menominee, Dickinson, Marquette, Baraga, Iron, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic

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Financials

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MICHIGAN GREAT LAKES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.

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President

Mr. William C Coderre, III, CFRE

BIO

William "Bill" Coderre, III, CFRE, President of Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes since 1999, and President of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan since 2011, is originally from Rhode Island and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Bill has led various Junior Achievement chapters across the US and is in his 33th year as a Junior Achievement professional.

In the 17 years that Bill has been in Michigan, participation has increased from 27,341 to over 61,000 students. Bill has been instrumental in increasing the financial health of the local Junior Achievement chapter. The local chapter of Junior Achievement is the 18th largest JA organization in the nation. Bill was elected by his peers to serve as USA representative to the JA Worldwide Member Nation Council. In this role Bill provides guidance to help ensure that youth around the world can live and grow in a free marker society. Bill is the highest ranking Native American Indian Executive in Junior Achievement and has assisted JA chapters in reaching out to Native American tribes across the US.

Bill is married to Cheryl Coderre, a kindergarten teacher, and they have one daughter, Elizabeth. Bill is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish. He was past President of the St. Thomas the Apostle Education Commission and former Workforce Development Board and the Education Advisory Group member. He currently is Treasurer of the St. Thomas the Apostle Education Foundation and he is an active member of the Grand Rapids Economic Club serving the last eleven years on their essay contest committee.

STATEMENT FROM THE President

"Dear Friends of JA:

Each year Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes (JAMGL) seeks new and innovative ways to meet community needs and lend its expertise. This past year, that effort resulted in the “JA Girls Dream Fair," a one-day event held at Yanfeng USA. Over 300 7th and 8th grade girls were inspired by successful women who shared their journey from middle school to career success. The girls received a full day of leadership education and mentoring with a focus on STEM careers. Student surveys showed that 70% of the JA Girls Dream Fair participants said “Participating increased my self-confidence". (Due to demand, we plan to expand the JA Girls Dream Fair to Kent County and Greater Lansing in fall of 2017)

While educating Michigan legislature on the importance of financial literacy education, JAMGL met The National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors-Michigan (NAIFA-Michigan). NAIFA was just as passionate about the need for financial literacy education as JA. I am pleased to announce that Junior Achievement and NAIFA Michigan have agreed to a formal partnership that will benefit students across the state. JAMGL is responsible for 45 counties in Michigan serving traditionally over 60,000 students each year, however we lead efforts to identify and create state-wide partnerships that benefit JA across the state.

JAMGL made tremendous strides in its quest to build the Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Center, allowing us to offer additional life-changing programming that is high-tech and high-impact while leaving the students with a one-of-a-kind experience. In December 2015, after an exhaustive search we purchased almost 7 acres of land on Lake Eastbrook Drive and 32nd street in Kentwood. $3.7 million has been secured with just over $6.3 million more to be raised. We have added many caring individuals to our honorary campaign cabinet and are hopeful to add more in the coming months.

JAMGL has once again been recognized as a “Five Star Junior Achievement Chapter" by JA USA, the highest honor a local chapter can receive. For the second year in a row, JAMGL was recognized by Prudential PLC and Jackson National as the Global Education winner in its International Prudential PLC Chairman's Challenge.

You should be proud of the leadership and engagement our staff continues to provide JAUSA and our local community. JAMGL was actively involved in ABEL, EMERGE, World Trade Week, Economic Club Essay Committee, Jump$tart Coalition, Fremont Entrepreneurship Education taskforce, St Thomas the Apostle Education Foundation and Region 4 Talent District Career Council. On July 1, 2016, Bill Coderre, JAMGL President and CEO began serving as Chairperson of the JAUSA Presidents Roundtable for a two year term.

Thank you all for your support and dedication!

Warm Regards,
William C. Coderre, III, CFRE
President
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes
"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Robert T Worthington

Mercantile bank

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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