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Sprout JA Learning Early: Books for Kindergarteners
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

According to the National Education Association, children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20 or higher when starting school compared to those who were not read to. Engage with your child by checking out the following books that focus on concepts of careers and money all while helping them develop basic learning...

How to Write a Check
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

I remember walking into the school book fair with a blank check from my parents. The purpose of the oddly shaped paper was unknown to my 8-year-old self, but the value was priceless to me. After having my teacher assist me in writing all the necessary fields, I gave it to the cashier and left with my new arts and crafts book. Fast forward, I was writing my first check. Without a teacher looking...

How to Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume in 2018
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Congratulations! After hours of sweat and smiles, you've finished your volunteer efforts but how are you going to make them stand out on a resume? Of course, you could intertwine your experience in your face-to-face interview... or add it to your professional network profile in hopes that your potential new employer will do some "digging" about you, but the question remains -- will it make a...

Money and Millennials: Credit for Beginners
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

Credit is like a car, it has to be built before you can get to where you want to go.

Unfortunately, the negative connotation of a credit card prevented me from my forward movement of building credit until I was in my mid-20s. In a way I was fortunate; my car was paid off, my family helped to pay for college and I was renting my apartment. I was living frugally-like my grandfather, whose financial...

DONUT Mess with Junior Achievement
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Corporate Responsibility

Students from Oakwood, an elementary school located in Portland, Oregon, combined entrepreneurship with a craving for breakfast to create the Sweet O's Donut...

Money and Millennials: Budgeting 101
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

As a child, I never noticed a budget in our household. There were no coupons trapped under a magnet on the fridge nor did a budget-conversation occur at the kitchen table when it was time for my brother and me to get back-to-school supplies. It may come as a surprise, but many families don't discuss money with their young children. In fact, a Junior Achievement (JA) survey reported that 84 percent...

Junior Achievement Students Hatch Entrepreneurship
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Susan Hunter Wallace, a first time Junior Achievement volunteer, taught "JA Our Community" and received more than just a few raised hands. As she and the students grew through the JA lesson, the second-graders were inspired to share their project with her. The second graders at Clinton Elementary were trying their hand at entrepreneurship through hatching chickens. Unfortunately, their progress...

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An Entrepreneur with a Sweet Spot for JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Students are not the only ones who learn from JA...our volunteers do, too! Meet Denis Ring, the Founder of Ocho Chocolate Candy, located in Oakland, California. A candy store that prides itself on great tasting organic candy bars. In November, Ring decided to trade in his chocolate for a richer experience--volunteering with Junior Achievement for National Entrepreneurship Month. "The students at...

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You Were Born To Change The World
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Being given a purpose in this world is what we are all searching for. Luckily for Malachi Kern, destiny came in the form of a JA volunteer teaching in his third-grade classroom when he was a child in Chicago. The volunteer told Kern during his time teaching the class, "You were born to change the world". This quote resonated with Kern, especially since, at the time, he was struggling to find his...

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Feeling the Rhythm with Junior Achievement
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

JA Launch Lesson took center stage in Mr. McHugh?s Entrepreneurial Class this past November of 2017. Brian Harris and Owen McCarthy of MedRhythms, a Maine-based music-therapy company, taught 15 students the journey of starting a...



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