Giving Guide: Junior Achievement of Arkansas


Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The organization is dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA impacts 22,000 students each year and its programs are taught by business volunteers in Arkansas. JA hosts several events throughout the year to raise money to support its programming. These events engage the community in efforts to reach students. JA offers several ways for businesses and individuals to get involved, sponsor an event or support its work.


• $1,000 to fund one classroom empowering students with financial literacy programs

• $40 to fund the preparation of one teen for their job and career future

• $50 monthly will shape students’ lives by providing JA entrepreneurial courses

• Only 40% of teens graduate with basic job skills. Donations will prepare teens for their job and career future.



• Volunteers can teach JA curriculum, share their career path story, assist at a JA event or coach emerging entrepreneurs.

• To learn how you can become a volunteer, visit


Individual & Corporate Giving: 51%
Special Events: 29%
Grants/Foundations: 20%

610 President Clinton Ave., Ste. 109
Little Rock, AR 72201
501.404.4545 | |


Established: 1987
Founder: Sheffield Nelson
Employees: 8
Service Area: Statewide

President & CEO: Tonya Villines


John Eichler, Chairman
Andrew Faulkner, Vice Chairman
Michael Westerfield, Treasurer
David Bush, Secretary

Heather Baker
Allen Engstrom
Candice Lawrence
Tim Grooms
Eric King
Patrick Laughlin
Neill Linebarier
Jay Meador
Heather Nelson
Kristen Nicholson
Erica Preston
Tim Skinner
Scott Schwartz
Drew Williams


Tonya Villines, President & CEO
Jackie Worley, Business Manager
Antwanette Smith, Central Program Manager
Erica Weston, NWA Program Manager
Lauren Ritchie, Programs VISTA
Gretchen Ritchey, Grants VISTA
Kirsten Rupple, Special Events VISTA
Harper Hammer, Brand VISTA

The 2023/2024 Arkansas Giving Guide is presented by Wright Lindsey Jennings. Click here to read a letter from our sponsors.

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