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Building a Bright Future
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

The pursuit of higher education has long been heralded as a gateway to a brighter future, providing individuals with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities needed to achieve their dreams. However, the rising costs of college education have made it increasingly challenging for families and students to access this particular path to...

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Revolutionizing Resumes
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Long are the days of sitting behind a computer screen for hours on end trying to put into words your accomplishments and what you’ve done in your job and career. The arrival of the digital age has not only transformed the way we live and work but has also revolutionized how we present ourselves to potential employers. In this era of constant change, the convergence of two significant phenomena,...

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Harnessing the Power of Generational Diversity
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

The world of work is in a constant state of flux, driven by technological advancements, changing economic landscapes, and evolving societal norms. In this dynamic environment, the importance of work and career readiness has never been more pronounced. Organizations like Junior Achievement (JA) play a pivotal role in preparing the next generation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead....

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We're Hiring!

 By Ginnie Adams

Community Involvement

Check out how you can make a difference with JA of North Central...

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Empowering the Future
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Corporate Responsibility

In a world often consumed by its relentless pace and individual pursuits, there exists a unique breed of organizations that stand as beacons of hope, dedicated to serving the greater good and fostering positive change. National Non-Profit Day, celebrated on August 17th, serves as an annual reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions made by non-profit organizations in...

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The Rising Trend of Teens Using AI for Schoolwork
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger


The survey conducted by Junior Achievement in partnership with Big Village provides crucial insights into the rising trend of teens relying on AI for schoolwork. While generative AI presents immense potential, it is essential to navigate the ethical considerations and the impact on students' learning experiences. As we continue to witness the integration of technology in education, it becomes...

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Reflections from 2023 Junior Achievement Competition Finalists

 By Burton D. Morgan Foundation


Fifteen JA Company teams from more than 100 Junior Achievement Areas across the nation were selected to compete in the 2023 JA NSLS in Washington D.C. this past June. Student finalists from Stark Co. reflect on their experience, showcasing the amazing opportunities and benefits the program...

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JA National Student Leadership Summit 2023
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger


In June 2023, the Nation's Capital hosted a remarkable event as 15 exceptional student companies from Junior Achievement gathered to compete in the 2023 Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS). These ambitious students devise and market products or services that address unmet consumer needs, while also seeking investors for their...

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President's Note - June 2023

 By Lori McCleese

Community Involvement

Just like teachers prepping final grades, JANCO staff is also wrapping up projects for the 2022-23 school...

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New Research Shows Teens are Re-Thinking the Future of Work
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

In today's world, teens are increasingly exploring alternatives to the traditional higher education route. That’s why Junior Achievement and Citizens conducted a study to gain insight into where teens' thoughts are when it comes to the cost of higher...

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