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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?...

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Countdown to Resolutions for Teens
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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...

An Inside Look at JA Program Development
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 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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Cracking the 5 Toughest Interview Questions
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid off! You've spent hours perfecting your resume, having friends review it, generating a strong cover letter and determining the right outfit to impress your interviewer. Now, finally, you're walking into your potential new workplace. All you have to do is knock the interview out of the park. Are you ready?

To better prepare yourself for the...

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Award Recipients of Junior Achievement's 2018 National Leadership Conference
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 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

This year's 2018 National Leadership Conference (NLC) took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as Junior Achievement of Wisconsin served as host to Junior Achievement (JA) associates from all over the country. Throughout the week-long event, JA employees and sponsors came together as friends and business colleagues. Concluding the week were awards given to JA associates who have displayed dedication,...

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4 Employee Benefits of Corporate Volunteerism
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 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

What will community volunteerism do for your work family? America's Charities reports that the average business turnover rate in all U.S. industries is 15.1% with those making under $75,000 or less a year, costing $15,000 to be replaced. That is hard-earned money that is being taken out of the budget to find someone who may or may not be the right fit for the position. In this era of hiring, it is...



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