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JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize
Blog from JA USA

 By Ed Grocholski

Community Involvement

We’re proud to announce that JA Worldwide has been nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, the second such honor in two years. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA...

Jeremy Luna is the 9th Grade Launch Teacher for 3DE by JA.

From the Military to the Classroom: 3DE Teacher at Lake Worth Community High School Inspires Future Entrepreneurs

 By Denise Sawyer

Community Involvement

In the bustling halls of Lake Worth Community High School, a new 3DE teacher is making a difference by bringing a unique perspective to the classroom. A military veteran with 20 years of service, this teacher has found joy in imparting entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy to high...

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Be A Game Changer
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

Volunteers are the game-changer! They are the player that ignites those around them to do better and be better. They are the player that changes the “on court” or “on field” energy that’s a spark plug and leads the team to victory. They are the ones that young people...

Socheth and her family

The JA EFFECT – Widening Horizons
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

When she was a child, Socheth McCutcheon’s family escaped Cambodia, which was under the control of the Khmer Rouge, in search of a better life in the United States. Socheth’s family settled in Revere, Massachusetts, near Boston. Socheth now serves as a volunteer for Junior Achievement in New Jersey. She feels it is important to “pay it forward” by being a role model for young people, especially...

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Why JA? And Why Now? Financial Literacy as a Foundation for a Better Life
Blog from JA USA

 By Ed Grocholski

Financial Literacy

At Junior Achievement, we view financial literacy as “the other literacy.” Just like reading or writing, we all deal with money on a near daily basis. Junior Achievement employs a pathways approach to teaching financial literacy to young people. By “pathways,” we mean that JA programs are designed to engage students on the subject over multiple grades, from their first days in kindergarten,...

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Why JA? And Why Now? A Response to a Changing Work and Career Landscape
Blog from JA USA

 By Ed Grocholski

Work Readiness

Junior Achievement’s proven programs are shown to inspire and prepare young people for success. Our approach is demonstrated to give students the tools they need to increase their chances of achieving their potential in work, career, and...

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2022 Back-to-School Survey: One-Third of Teens Say Rising Cost of School Supplies a Concern
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

According to a new survey by Junior Achievement USA, a third of teens (33%) say that their parents or guardians are concerned about the cost of back-to-school supplies this...

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JA National Student Leadership Summit 2022
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Entrepreneurship

In June of 2022, 15 of Junior Achievement’s top student companies came to the Nation’s Capital to compete in the 2022 Junior Achievement National Student...

Local Marketing guru and JAPBTC Board Member, Sam Edwards, volunteering with students

Mentorship Through Junior Achievement

 By Marissa Kappus

Community Involvement

When recruiting volunteers to deliver our programs, we often find community leaders and innovators that can act as resources for students to further their education and professional development. In Sam and Julian’s case, they found a common bond in their passions for...

Michael Benarde showing students his product, NightCap

Q&A With Local Entrepreneurs

 By Marissa Kappus

Entrepreneurship

Local entrepreneurs Michael Benarde, Eduardo Calvachi, and Fernando Calvachi share their thoughts on the world of entrepreneurialism. Michael, Co-Founder and President of NightCap, was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and he recently spoke to students at Royal Palm Beach High School as part of Junior Achievement’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. Eduardo and Fernando Calvachi, Founders of Fasthook...



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