Kortney Castleman
Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana
(260) 484-2543


Tuesday, March 15, 2022 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

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Indiana Tech
1600 East Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

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2022 JA In A Day - Homeschool Edition -   

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

JA In A Day "Homeschool Edition"

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM (Check-in opens at 8:15 AM / Check-out at 1:35 PM)

Where: Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) Campus - Fort Wayne 

Who:  Homeschool students in Pre-K (ages 4 and 5) through 12th grade

Cost: Non-refundable fee of $5 per student, max fee $25 per family 

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 6, 2022 or until 200 students are enrolled


***Registration is limited to the first 200 students***

Who We Are: Junior Achievement USA® is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students in pre-kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Last year, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana served over 142,000 students in 30 counties (27 in northern Indiana, two in Michigan, and one in Ohio). 

Volunteering OpportunitiesJunior Achievement is a volunteer driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We need your help to make sure this event is a big success! Please consider being a volunteer. JA provides all materials and training. JA volunteer training will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd from 2:00-3:00 PM and Friday, February 25 from 12:00-1:00 PM.  

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please answer "yes" when prompted on the registration form. If you are unable to volunteer, please consider sharing this opportunity with your spouse, relatives, friends, or anyone you know that has a passion for their job and might love to share their experiences with students. We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers.

All children of a parent volunteer who serves as a lead program teacher for the JA program (regardless of what age level taught) will attend this event for free! All children of a parent volunteer who assists the lead program teacher will attend this event at half price. 


Programs will be available based on registration and volunteer participation. Please see below for possible program options.

Elementary Programs

For specific information about Pre-K through 5th grade programming please click on the links below.

Pre-K - Our Money

K - JA Ourselves® 

1st - JA Our Families® 

2nd - JA Our Community® 

3rd - JA Our City® 

4th - JA Our Region® 

5th - JA Our Nation® 

Secondary Programs

These programs are typically taught at the middle or high school level.* 

JA Global Marketplace® 

JA Economics for Success® 

JA It's My Future® 

JA It's My Business!® 

JA Personal Finance® 

*Note: If there are not enough high school students registered in a program to make a full class, we will combine grade levels in order to have enough students. If we combine grade levels, we will try to make sure that your student receives a different program than he or she did last year.


Q & A:

Q:  What is my committment as a parent?

A: The great thing about JA In A Day is that there are no outside lessons for you to teach prior to the day. Everything is taught the day of the event, so unless you volunteer to help out in the classroom, all you need to do is bring your student(s) to Indiana Tech, check in with us, and let us take care of the rest.  

We ask that all students be checked in by a parent or guardian at Indiana Tech no later than 8:30 AM on March 15th.  You will receive an agenda for the day, a campus map, and a nametag for each student. After check-in, there will be a short welcome by Junior Achievement staff. After the welcome, students will break out into their classes and begin the JA program.

We would also appreciate your support of this JA program opportunity by signing up as a volunteer in a classroom. If you opt to volunteer by being the lead teacher of a JA program, we will reimburse you for the full cost of the program after completing the JA In A Day. If you opt to volunteer by being an assistant to the lead teacher of the JA program, we will reimburse you for half the cost of the program after completing the JA In A Day.

If you are not volunteering, you are not required to stay on campus during the program. 

All JA programs will finish at 1:30 PM. Please check-in with a JA staff member at 1:35 PM to pick up your student(s).

Q:  How do I decide which grade level to pick for my student?

A: Typically, you would choose the grade level in which your student is currently enrolled. If your student is between grade levels and has not participated in a JA program previously, you may choose to select the grade level most appropriate for his or her age, or you may contact Kortney Castleman at 260-484-2543 for help in deciding what program would be the best fit for your student.

Q:  What about lunch?

A: Lunch will be provided for all students and parent volunteers in attendance. If you would prefer to pack a lunch for your student, you are more than welcome to do so. We will also have snacks for the day provided by Indiana Tech, which will consist of an apple, granola bar, fruit snack, and a water bottle. Please notify us of any dietary restrictions. 

Q: What if we have inclement weather?

A: Weather permitting, Pre-K through 5th grade students will be having an outside recess break during the day. Please dress your children in layers for the day, including coats and gloves as necessary. 

 JA In A Day "Homeschool Edition" will run unless there is to be a Level One Snow Emergency. If we do have a Level One Snow Emergency, we will reschedule the JA In A Day.

QHow else can I get involved with JA?

A: We will also be holding a special Homeschool Day on Wednesday, March 2nd at our JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® facilities upon completion of their respective programs. Please click on the appropriate hyperlink below for more information:

JA BizTown Homeschool Day--meant for students in grade levels 4th-6th

JA Finance Park Homeschool Day--meant for students in grade levels 7th-12th

Other programs of interest to Homeschool Families:

Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp will take place Monday, June 20th-Friday, June 24th. This summer camp gives students a chance to develop entrepreneurship and leadership skils through engaging activities. 

 Young Entrepreneur Summer Camp--meant for students who have completed grades 5th-7th.

JA Young Entrepreneur Marketplace will take place on Saturday, July 16th at the YLNI Farmers Market in downtown Fort Wayne. Registration is required to participate. Please contact Karen Cooper at (260) 484-2543 for registration information.

JA Young Entrepreneur Marketplace--open to student entrepreneurs of any age that would like a venue to sell their products or services to the public. 

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our standard weekly in-school classes, other JA In A Day classes, and JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® programs. For more information about volunteering and participating in our fundraisers, please visit our website at