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Why JA – Alex’s Story

Junior Achievement has a tremendous impact on the lives of the students we seek to inspire. That impact doesn’t end when they graduate. Read about this JA alumni’s experience to learn how our programs helped inspire his path over the course of 20 years: “I am currently working in the behavioral health care field as a clinical treatment director and Continue Reading...

The magic of JA BizTown

JA BizTown is magical. After six years working here, I still cannot put my finger on where ‘the spell’ comes from.  I thought for the longest time that the magic lived in the Maplewood facility. I’ve been proven wrong. I think the magic resides in the power of play. We are all born with this innate yearning to make believe. Continue Reading...

JA Entrepreneurial Mindset

Seven innovative and motivated students from Columbia Heights and St. Anthony High Schools spent part of their summer break learning instead of lounging. The students participated in JA Entrepreneurial Mindset, a one-semester teacher-led course that introduces high school students to the basics of starting a business. Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest is the first office to pilot this program Continue Reading...

Future JA Volunteer

During one of our JA in a Day events at a local elementary school, one of our JA district program coordinators shared a story from one eager 2nd grader: “Today we held our JA in a Day event at our local elementary school for our 4th and 5th graders. While seated in the school lobby next to our JA banner, Continue Reading...

Jaylen is my why

I just finished my 12th year teaching JA to 1st graders. Each year, it just gets better and better going into the classroom. This year was no exception. I was so thrilled how they remembered from the previous week what we had talked about – we always go over the words from previous weeks. Totally impressed when they remembered the Continue Reading...

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