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Junior Achievement Rock Star
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana. When the Lauri Wade, Counselor at Kerrick Elementary School in Louisville, tweeted "Best day ever!" along with her student's photo, she could never have imagined the chain of events that would occur. The photo of her 5th-grade student, Dallas, dressed as the JA BizTown utility Meter Reader, showed a young man whose face just beamed from the...

The Power of a Mentor
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Our JA Business Challenge was held on February 16, 2017. Haley Gandara, one of our student team mentors, shared this story about her experience with Junior Achievement: "I was involved with JA as a student at Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Dan Pacetti was a JA volunteer in our personal finance class and came each week to speak. He and my personal finance teacher, Mr. Thomas, were the...

AT&T Job Shadow - A Glimpse Into the Future
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of South Florida. The following is a Blanche Ely High School teacher's reflection of an AT&T Job Shadow. "Thank you for the awesome opportunity you provided to our students to get a chance to visit AT&T this week! The students were exposed to a whole new world. It was very educational and the students appreciated the hands-on activity. They got a chance to...

2017 JA Business Hall of Fame
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 By Evan Simmons
Corporate Responsibility

What makes a community or organization special is very rarely its product, but the people who help produce the culture at the heart of that community. Junior Achievement is honored to host the bi-annuel JA Business Hall of Fame celebration dinner in order to thank and honor the leaders in our community who deserve recognition for outstanding leadership of our business community and, therefore,...

AIG Success Story - JA in Action
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Dallas. Junior Achievement really had an impact on Jose L., a 4th grader at William L. Cabell Elementary School. According to his teacher, Maria Soto, Jose had talked a few times about writing computer programs when he grew up, but after learning about entrepreneurship and what it takes to run a business, Jose decided to become an entrepreneur. Jose was...

Donors Provide Opportunity
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, Florida. Below is an amazing letter of support from a JA Alumnus, who also happens to be a member of JA of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast's education committee and a Dean at a local college that they work closely with. I am writing to express my support for Junior Achievement. As an alumnus of JA's Company program, I...

Remembering Mr. Pedigo
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Southwest VirginiaDuring JA Alumni Month in January, WFXR-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, featured a story about Dr. Jim Sears. Dr. Sears, who is the President and CEO of the city's Center in the Square, a regional cultural and arts center, discussed how Junior Achievement impacted his life in the 1950s when he participated in the JA Company Program. You got your...

Students Giving Back as JA High School Heroes
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Chicago. This fall semester, we were able to begin implementing a truly impactful initiative in Hammond, Indiana. Through a partnership with the School City of Hammond school district, JA programs will be taught in every 8th, 11th and 12th grade classroom in Hammond, Indiana this school year. One of those schools participating is George Rogers Clark...

Enhancing Education
Blog from JA USA

 By Linda Bois
Corporate Responsibility

Original Story from Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina. A JA volunteer from India taught JA Personal Finance to students at a charter school in Greenville, SC, where 100% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. He then sent this tribute to the volunteer, the educator, and the students. “Tom” is the...

Passionate Volunteers Inspire Next Generation Of Cargill Employees
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 By Lina Bois
Work Readiness

For Justice Sikakane, his first exposure to Junior Achievement made such an impression that today he serves as the chair of Cargill's JA Corporate Council, a group of employees passionate about the JA mission who collaborate to promote and advocate for JA within their company. Sikakane, the Salesforce.com administrator/configuration developer at Cargill, also personally volunteers between 12 and...



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