Our Mission

To Prepare and Inspire Young People to Succeed in a Global Economy

JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to economic education for young people in the United States and over 122 countries.

History -  Founded nationally in 1919, operating in South Dakota since 1968.

Growth - JA has demonstrated positive growth serving 1,663 South Dakota students in 1990 to serving over
               54,000 South Dakota JA students now.

Junior Achievement Leadership –

          South Dakota:  Bob Thimjon, The Ramkota Companies, JA of South Dakota Board Chair
                                   Kayla Eitreim, President of JA of South Dakota

          USA:                 Julie Monaco, Citi, JA USA Chair
                                   Jack E. Kosakowski, President and CEO of JA USA

Annually, Junior Achievement of South Dakota is serving over 54,000 South Dakota students.  Annually, JA reaches 10.5 million students globally.

Over 2,000 South Dakota classroom volunteers and nearly 380,000 JA Worldwide volunteers support JA annually. Volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, community leaders, and retirees.  JA volunteers receive necessary materials and training.    

Interactive, hands-on 45-minute activities for K-12 curriculum.  Visits range from 5-13 visits. Independent studies prove Junior Achievement's effectiveness and its tie to content standards.  JA programs are provided at no cost to schools and are requested by teachers.

In South Dakota, funding is secured through businesses, individuals, foundations, and special events. Junior Achievement of South Dakota does not receive financial support from United Way or government agencies.

The Junior Achievement of South Dakota State Office is located in Sioux Falls and supports all of the area boards across the state.  JA USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.