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2020 JAUM Aspiring Entrepreneur Competition

In response to COVID-19 guidelines, we re-imagined the 2020 Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) Company of the Year Competition to go virtual. On Monday, May 11, five student-led companies from four different schools participated in the 2020 JAUM Aspiring Entrepreneur Competition, a virtual event that prepares JA Company Program students for the JA USA National Student Leadership Summit Continue Reading...

New partnership helps families gain financial literacy skills

Last month, Junior Achievement opened its doors to families participating in Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN), a nonprofit that’s taking a proactive and preventive approach to the education opportunity gap. Our third floor experiential learning lab came to life with the sounds of excited children and parents arriving for a family event focused on financial literacy. Parents in the SPPN Continue Reading...

JA LaunchU! at DesignJam

  A group of high school students immersed themselves in the entrepreneurial culture earlier this month through an experiential workshop hosted by Fueled Collective. The students are part of JA LaunchU!, a cohort of aspiring young entrepreneurs looking to start their own business enterprise. The workshop, called DesignJam, connected students with local entrepreneurs who shared their personal experiences and the Continue Reading...

Start-up funding for young entrepreneurs

  High school students representing 12 Twin Cities youth startups had a unique opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs, hone their business pitch, and vie for start-up funding at JA Pitchfest 2020. Participants had a chance to receive up to $3,000 in seed funding from Antimony Investments, a investment company run by high school students Josh Miller and Stuti Arora. Continue Reading...

Why JA – Tamara’s Story

          We’re continually inspired by the impact that JA not only has on the students we reach, but also how it creates joy in the volunteers who help bring our mission to life. We’re fortunate to have heroes like Tam, who has been inspiring students for nearly 20 years:  “I’ve been volunteering with JA for close Continue Reading...

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