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                                                              Achieve E-News: December 2014

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Thanks for Giving to the Max!

We were overwhelmed with generosity on Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s day of giving. Funds raised will help us inspire and prepare more students to succeed. Thank you!

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JA in the News

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The JA Company Program is expanding in southern Minnesota. The Owatonna Peoples Press and the New Ulm Journal followed students as they learned how to start and run their own business. 

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of the Upper Midwest


1800 White Bear Ave N
Maplewood, MN 55109



JA invests in developing young entrepreneurs

JAUM has embarked on a multi-year initiative to equip young people with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs. Thanks to lead gifts from the Otto Bremer Foundation and the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation, we’ve raised $1.3M toward a goal of $2M. Funding will support program growth, research, development of community and higher education partnerships, and creation of innovative strategies to build a pipeline of young entrepreneurs to support our region’s economy.


Entrepreneurship is a key economic driver and plays an important role in our collective well-being. Data and opinion show that job creation and wealth are fueled by entrepreneurial thinking. 


If you know of a young entrepreneur who has already started a company or who is interested in cultivating his/her entrepreneurial spirit, please contact us.



JA stories of success

Jim Hemak’s relationship with JA stretches back more than 50 years. In high school, Hemak participated in the JA Company Program. After college, he worked as a JA staff member and then went on to use his entrepreneurial skills as one of the first and largest Great Clips franchisees. He continues to support JA as both a volunteer and a generous donor. 

Jim Hemak

A gift to JA inspires student success

Studies show that Junior Achievement has a tremendous impact on students. In a recent survey, 95% of teachers report that JA students have a better understanding of how the real world works. 90% of JA alumni say that being part of Junior Achievement positively affected their future.


By donating to Junior Achievement, you help prepare local students for a lifetime of success. A gift of $25 provides JA programming to one student; $500 supports an entire classroom


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Welcome JA BizTown Manufacturing & Philanthropy Centers


JA BizTown welcomed two new industries last month. The Philanthropy Center (funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation) and the Manufacturing Center (sponsored by Pentair) help students better understand careers and skills needed in these two industries. Students support an actual nonprofit at the philanthropy center, and use a real water filtration system in the manufacturing center to ensure that JA BizTown citizens have clean drinking water. Take a tour of JA BizTown and learn how this unique program teaches students about business and entrepreneurship. 

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A message from the CEO


Gina Blayney 2013

Thank you for believing in the mission of Junior Achievement. Last month we celebrated the spirit of entrepreneurship during National Entrepreneurship Month and Global Entrepreneurship Week (11/17-11/23). 


JA programs aim to ignite and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in today’s youth. As 2014 comes to a close, we hope you’ll continue to support our mission so that together we can help the next generation envision a brighter future.

Happy holidays,
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Gina P. Blayney
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest

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