Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

Mission Statement

To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Contact Information

1800 White Bear Ave N
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55109

General Information

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Principal Staff
Gina Blayney
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Board Chair
Craig Gordon
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Impact and Programs

In 2015-2016, we impacted 160,066 students through 1.2 million hours of curriculum. We delivered nearly 463,000 hours of Capstone programming, our deepest curriculum experience and some of the most effective programming JA offers. Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest reached 1 in 3 students in Minneapolis and St. Paul schools. Through JA Company Program, 51 student run companies were created and 2 teams from the Twin Cities went on to the JA USA Company of the Year competition. We brought JA Titan to over 5,000 Students. Celebrated our 13th year of JA Biztown at our Maplewood facility – Biztown had nearly 15,000 students participate in the program this year. Additionally, through corporate partnerships, we brought 4,512 students JA Job Shadow, directly exposing them to the workforce.
Current Goals
This year, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest continues to focus on providing programming to students in the key areas of college and career readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. We aim to reach 162,500 total students through all programming with 1.2 million hours of program delivery. We will deliver JA sequential programming in 725 schools and continue to increase the number of underserved students served to over 68,000. Capstone programming will impact 20,000 students, and we will continue to grow JA Job Shadow and JA Company Program. Additionally, we are in the initial phases of a Capital Campaign to fund a new building which will double our learning lab capacity with 2 facilities in addition to a incubator space for high school students.
Community or Constituency Served
Students in grade K-12.
Geographic Area Served
Minnesota, North Dakota, and three counties of western Wisconsin.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $2,627,655 74%
Management $331,338 9.3%
Fundraising $590,016 16.6%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $2,641,789 $2,720,666 $2,758,027
Beginning of Year: $2,720,666 $2,758,027 $2,863,847
Difference: ($78,877) ($37,361) ($105,820)

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