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2015 - 2016 JA Volunteer of the Year - Casjen Rico
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Corporate Responsibility

26 adults volunteered in the 2015 - 2016 school year with over 6,200 students in the public school classrooms of 8 Big Country school districts by teaching Junior Achievement’s principles of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, volunteers help students understand the skills they will need to...

Eastern High School Students Visit Bureau of Engraving and Printing During JA Job Shadow Experience
Blog from JA USA

 By Cassie Benzinger
Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, May 5, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington sent 17 students from Eastern High School in Washington D.C. to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) to participate in a JA Job Shadow program. The participating students are either currently enrolled or have previously been enrolled in Ms. Perkin’s Art class at Eastern High School. The aim of the overall experience was to...

A Dedicated Volunteer
Blog from JA USA

 By Cassie Benzinger
Corporate Responsibility

JA impacts so many people each year, whether it be a student, volunteer, parent, or teacher. The story below shares a memorable JA experience that turned into a lifetime of passion for the work JA...

A Letter from a Thankful Teacher
Blog from JA USA

 By Cassie Benzinger
Corporate Responsibility

The JA Personal Finance class has been encouraging for countless students. Below is a great email sent by a teacher at Odessa High School (OHS) after her students completed the class taught by volunteers from a local Credit Union who sponsored the program in four local high schools served by JA of Midland,...

AHS Students Visit First Financial Bank with JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Financial Literacy

First Financial Bank in Downtown Abilene hosted 72 AP Government and Economics students from Abilene High School with their teachers during school hours on Tuesday, March 8. Students learned how to budget, plan for their futures, the importance of saving, how to avoid consumer debt, and how to be a savvy consumer. These lessons are part of the JA Personal Finance curriculum. The curriculum was...

HESS Volunteer Bridges Language Barriers to Give Student the Full JA Experience
Blog from JA USA

 By Cassie Benzinger
Work Readiness

As a sixth grader, it can be easy to feel confused or lost when first introduced to financial concepts such as taxes, interest, budgeting, 401k's, and insurance. After all, these are notions that many adults struggle to fully wrap their minds around. But imagine being introduced to these topics in a language you are just learning to speak. For one Ridgeview Middle School student, this is exactly...

JA at Lee Elementary School
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Corporate Responsibility

In the spring of 2015, the Junior Achievement of Abilene Board of Directors established a goal: "Junior Achievement is going to lead a movement that will help students who attend elementary schools with a high population of economically disadvantaged students in Abilene ISD to learn how to build their own future." The first manifestation toward achieving this lofty goal was to get on one such...

First Financial Bank Provides a New Way to "Do" JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Financial Literacy

Students from Abilene High School and Cooper High School will receive a real treat in March. All AP Government and Economics students from Abilene Independent School District's largest high schools are invited to participate in JA's newest implementation model: Reverse JA in a...

JA Scholarship Student Highlight - Maggie Branch
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Work Readiness

Junior Achievement (JA) is excited to reward area students each school year with scholarship opportunities. This past year, JA of Abilene provided 15 students with a sum of $88,000 in scholarship awards . We look forward to introducing the 2015 scholarship recipients through this JA Blog series called "JA Scholarship Student Highlight" during the 2015 - 2016 school...

Empower a Young Person to Dream
Blog from JA USA

 By Evan Simmons
Work Readiness

This post is written by JA of Abilene Executive Director, Evan Simmons, ?and was originally published on September 3, 2015. It has been updated as of January 26, 2016.People often ask me ?what is Junior Achievement?? My quick response is that Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit organization seeking to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through volunteer delivered...



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