Tomorrows are more important than ever

Junior Achievement helps prepare today’s students for a bright future

JA of South Dakota's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students in our community to dream big and reach their potential.

Why Junior Achievement?

JA helps students realize that the education they are getting today will help them to have a bright future tomorrow. JA's unique, volunteer delivered programs, show them all of the possibilities that lay before them. They realize they can choose different paths; College? A specific trade? Start their own business? Through your participation as an organization or as an individual, these statistics below can begin to change in your community:

> 20% of U.S. students will not complete high school on time and earn a diploma.

> 49% of U.S. employers recognize that talent shortages impact their ability to serve clients and customers.

> 36% of Americans say that they have at some point in their lives felt their financial situation was out of control.

> 91% of millennials wish they had greater access to entrepreneurial education programs.
Volunteer presenting to students

Which Way to JA

Corporate Donor

Your corporation can support the growing need for youth development in South Dakota by helping today's students with the critical skills and the character necessary to succeed in your 21st Century workplace.

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Individual Donor

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can make a donation directly to JA of South Dakota!

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Corporate Volunteer

By volunteering for JA through your organization, you can be in the classroom during work hours and you can share your experience and inspire young people to pursue their dreams.

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Individual Volunteer

Not affiliated with a corporation partnered with JA? You can volunteer in your community directly with JA of South Dakota!

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Educator

Quality volunteers from the community come into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education.

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Learn more about JA Programs

Not an Educator? Find out how you can get JA programs into your South Dakota school!

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4777567
Students Reached Nationally
2016-2017
208373
Classes Nationally
2016-2017
247350
Volunteers Nationally
2016-2017
21503
Schools Reached Nationally
2016-2017

JA of South Dakota Spotlight

An alumni volunteer with 2 students

Calling all JA Alumni!

Did JA make a difference in your life? Is there a story you want to share about how a JA mentor helped positively influence your life or career? Do you want to re-connect with JA and others who had "the JA experience?"

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A volunteer working with students

JA In A Day

  Where: In a school classroom in our community
 Time Investment: Just one day

This experience uses the same JA programs as the traditional method, but it's condensed into a single day for a high-impact experience! Perfect for the volunteer who can take just a day away from work.

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A volunteer teaching students in a classroom

Traditional In-Classroom

  Where: In a school classroom in our community
 Time Investment: Typically one hour, for five days

As a JA Traditional Volunteer, you'll be paired with a teacher in a classroom. This delivery method is an effective and popular way to show students a connection between the skills they are learning in the classroom and how they can get a more fulfilling career and life.

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View the details for 2020 Tea Bacon Fun Run

2020 Tea Bacon Fun Run

  Where: Squealer's Smoke Shack
 When: Saturday, October 03, 2020 8:30 AM

5k Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk
Bacon and Bloody Mary's at the finish line!

Virtual participation available!

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Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of South Dakota.

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