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Drinks With the CEO Pours a New Strategy of Innovation

 By Katie Ballance

Corporate Responsibility

JA Associate Leadership Council members benefited from an impactful and thought-provoking session with gracious host and speaker Think | Stack CEO Chris Sasche. He shared insight into his leadership style and company mission to deliver innovation in the tech...

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Money Concepts Your Student Should Know Before High School
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 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Did you know: According to the Council for Economic Education, only 17 states require students to take a personal finance course in high school. That means when it comes to learning how to budget, write a check, balance a checkbook, and pick a credit card, most young adults have had no education or experience on these matters... Skeptical of the impact a high school course could make on your teen?...

Severn Entrepreneurs Go Into Business

 By Katie Ballance

Entrepreneurship

It's not easy being the new kids on the block, but these entrepreneurs are leading the way at Severn School. Twelve students have been exploring business opportunities since mid-October, creating 4 different ventures between...

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Countdown to Resolutions for Teens
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

How old were you when you made your first New Year's Resolution? Do you remember what it was? With 2019 nearly upon us, JA wanted to know if teens are making their resolutions for this upcoming year, and if so, what they were. According to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens, conducted by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International, nearly 9 in 10 teens (88%) are planning on making New Year's...

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Taking the Stress out of Holiday Spending
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

The holidays are upon us! This means you'll be spending more time with the ones you love AND more money. From Black Friday to holiday December sales, buying during the season of giving has never been easier or more appealing. Once January comes around your generous giving may turn into gifting regret. To keep your bank account happy during the season of holiday shopping, here are our top tips and...

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Veteran Entrepreneur Spotlight: Donald Coolidge
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

How does a veteran's military skills, training, and knowledge translate to a business startup? One word: "Vetrepreneurship." In America, U.S. businesses that are majority-owned by veterans make up 9.1% of the business landscape. That's over 2.5 million businesses in our nation that are owned by those who have served in the military. To celebrate Veteran's Day, JA wanted to shine a spotlight on a...

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Why Businesses Fail: Part II
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Today, research shows that 29% of businesses fail because they run out of money and 17% fail because they lack a business model or plan. In order to thrive as an entrepreneur, it is crucial that business leaders create a cohesive plan that addresses possible risks, road-blocks, and competition within their industry. After identifying a market and the details within the industry, it's time to start...

Why Businesses Fail: Part 1
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Corporate Responsibility

When it comes to business, what you don’t know will cause failure.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 20% of businesses fail within the first year. 30% fail within the second year, half, 50%, will fail within the fifth-year, and almost three-fourths, 70%, fail within the tenth year. While there are a million views as to why businesses fail, it comes down to one...

5 Minutes with JA's New Team Members

 By Katie Ballance

Work Readiness

Our newest JA employees are full steam ahead as the 2018-19 school year rages on, so what better time to catch up with a few new faces at...

An Inside Look at JA Program Development
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

From financial literacy and work readiness to entrepreneurship, Junior Achievement (JA) provides countless programs to equip today's youth with skills that will assist in their successes tomorrow. To get a better idea of how we are creating our programming, we pulled in our Senior Vice President of Education & Learning Technologies, Mary Catherine (MC) Desrosiers for an...



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