Youth Development

Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.

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

Mission Statement

We are empowering young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-based K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential.

Main Programs

  1. JA Ourselves - Kindergarten
  2. JA Our Families - First Grade
  3. JA Our Community - Second Grade
  4. JA Our City - Third Grade
  5. JA Our Region - Fourth Grade
  6. JA Our Nation - Fifth Grade
  7. JA More than Money - Elementary School
  8. JA BizTown - Elementary School
  9. JA Economics for Success - Middle School
  10. JA Global Marketplace - Middle School
  11. JA It's My Future - Middle School
  12. JA It's My Business - Middle School
  13. JA Finance Park - Middle School
  14. JA Be Entrepreneurial - High School
  15. JA Career Success - High School
  16. JA Company Program - High School
  17. JA Economics - High School
  18. JA Exploring Economics - High School
  19. JA Job Shadow - High School
  20. JA Personal Finance - High School
  21. JA Titan - High School
Service Areas

Self-reported

Michigan

JA Serves 45 counties throughoutWest Michigan, Mid-Michigan, the Upper Peninsla 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; and Gogebic counties.

ruling year

1994

President since 1999

Self-reported

Mr. William C Coderre, III, CFRE

Keywords

Self-reported

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

How does this organization make a difference?

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

Program 1

JA Ourselves - Kindergarten

Students are introduced to personal economics and choices consumers make ti meet their needs and wants. They learn about the role of money in society and gain practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 2

JA Our Families - First Grade

By focusing on the roles people play in their local economy, students learn the importance of work and entrepreneurship. They become aware of how families earn money to pay for their needs and wants.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 3

JA Our Community - Second Grade

Through hands-on activities, students see how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success. Various jobs and their required skills are identified to demonstrate how the work people do positively affects a community's economy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

JA Our City - Third Grade

City life comes into sharp context as students explore the importance of money and the different ways people pay for goods and services. Students consider the contributions that financial institutions make to a city and how they help businesses and people achieve their economic goals.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 5

JA Our Region - Fourth Grade

Am I an entrepreneur? Students explore entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use natural, capital, and human resources to produce goods and services. They examine traits of successful entrepreneurs and apply them to their own skills and abilities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 6

JA Our Nation - Fifth Grade

Students gain practical information about the U.S. free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. They learn that entrepreneurial and innovative thinking are required for high-growth, high-demand careers in a global economy.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 7

JA More than Money - Elementary School

What good is saving money of young people aren't taught how to save, spend, and share it? Students learn these essential financial skills and how entrepreneurial thinking and being money savvy can turn an idea into a successful business in their community.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 8

JA BizTown - Elementary School

At JA BizTown, students operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, use debit cards, and vote for a mayor. They connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 9

JA Economics for Success - Middle School

Building a life is a complex project, particularly for young people entering the world of work. This program shows students how to earn money, spend wisely within a budget, save and invest, use credit cautiously, and protect their personal finances.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 10

JA Global Marketplace - Middle School

Students experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce as they take on the roles of business owners and managers. They analyze international business ethics and the culture, currency, and trade barriers of other countries.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 11

JA It's My Future - Middle School

What does it take to be successful in today's working world? While still in middle school, students explore potential careers, discover ways to plan for and keep a job, and prepare their personal-brand maps to the future.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 12

JA It's My Business - Middle School

Can anyone learn to be an entrepreneur? Yes. During this program, students discover the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurs: belief in yourself, fill a need, know your customer and product, and be creative and innovative.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 13

JA Finance Park - Middle School

At JA Finance Park, students act as adults and make personal finance decisions in a realistic facility, mobile unit, or virtual community. they develop lifelong financial skills through in-class and simulated experiences.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 14

JA Be Entrepreneurial - High School

Why not start an entrepreneurial venture while in high school? This program dispels entrepreneurship myths, provides tools to develop a business plan, and inspires students to take innovative action to successfully compete in the marketplace.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 15

JA Career Success - High School

This program equips today's students with the skills needed to compete for high-demand, high-growth careers in the world marketplace. Students focus on developing the 4Cs - critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 16

JA Company Program - High School

Entrepreneurship comes to life as students launch an actual business venture with the help of educators and community volunteers. The multi-dimensional experience infuses online learning, digital tools, contemporary teaching methodology, and trends in business startups.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 17

JA Economics - High School

Students explore basic characteristics of the U.S. economic system and how economic principles influence business decisions. They examine careers, consumer issues, and leadership skills and put into practice data analysis, problem solving, and critical thinking.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 18

JA Exploring Economics - High School

Hands-on classroom activities foster lifelong skills and knowledge about how an economy works, including micro-, macro-, personal, and international economics. Students examine the importance of international trade and the effects of inflation.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 19

JA Job Shadow - High School

What does it take to get and keep a job in a competitive job market? This classroom and site-based program prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and encourages them to develop personal strategies to pursue lifelong learning and career opportunities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 20

JA Personal Finance - High School

This individualized program helps students plan for their financial future. They learn how budgeting, saving and investing money, using credit cautiously, and protecting personal finances can secure financial stability.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 21

JA Titan - High School

This Web-based simulation allows students to operate a virtual company in which success depends on decisions about their product's price, marketing, R&D, and business practices. Win or lose, students realize how management decisions affect a company's bottom line.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  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

Self-reported

Michigan

JA Serves 45 counties throughoutWest Michigan, Mid-Michigan, the Upper Peninsla 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; and Gogebic counties.

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MICHIGAN GREAT LAKES INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes, Inc.

Leadership

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President

Mr. William C Coderre, III, CFRE

BIO

William "Bill" Coderre, III, CFRE, has been President of Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes since 1999, in addition to being President of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan since 2011. He 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 U.S. and is in his 33rd year as a Junior Achievement professional.

In the 17 years that Bill has been in Michigan, participation has increased from 27,341 students to over 61,000 students. Bill is instrumental in increasing the financial health of the local Junior Achievement chapter, as the local chapter of Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes is currently the 18th largest Junior Achievement organization in the nation. Bill was elected by his peers to serve as a U.S, representative to the Junior Achievement 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 market 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 U.S.

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 Junior Achievement:

Each year Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes (JAMGL) seeks new and innovative ways to meet community needs and lend its expertise. In 2016, those 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 journeys from middle school to career success. The girls received a full day of leadership education and mentoring with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers. Student surveys showed that 70% of the JA Girls Dream Fair participants indicated that, “Participating increased my self-confidence". Due to demand, we plan to expand the JA Girls Dream Fair to Kent County and Greater Lansing in 2017.

While educating the 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 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 JA USA and our local community. JAMGL was actively involved in ABEL, EMERGE, World Trade Week, the 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 JA USA 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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