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Unemployed Youth Learn Finance and Career Skills During Pandemic with JA & Ramsey County

The onset of COVID-19 has impacted nearly every facet of our day to day lives, one of which is youth employment. Teenagers who might have taken on summer jobs, or who work part time during the school year, have been impacted by the shifting workforce and economy. As a result, many have not only missed out on earned income, but Continue Reading...
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Honoring the Legacy of Hugh Schilling

1924 – 2020 JA Board Member – 1971; Emertius Board member to date 2008 JA Business Hall of Fame Laureate JA USA Gold Leadership Award Founder, Schilling Family Legacy Society, Junior Achievement Foundation of the Upper Midwest   A letter from past and current JAUM Presidents: Last month our region lost a great leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who quietly built Continue Reading...
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JA Company Program Youth Take Top Prize at MN Cup Youth Division Competition

Following a great week of pitches from 27 finalist teams, the MN Cup competition has announced this year’s division winners. We are celebrating the hard work and dedication of two JA Company Program start-ups who took the 1st place (BioBev) and runner-up (Meiya) prizes in this year’s 18 and under Youth Division.  During their time participating in JA Company Program, Continue Reading...
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Meet Sara Dziuk, our new President & CEO

What do you like to do when you are not working? I am married with three young children (Addie 8, Sully 6, and Ellie 1), so I live a full life outside of work. We are currently working through our Dziuk Summer of Fun list and find ourselves on outdoor adventures often. Lately, we have been geocaching. This has been Continue Reading...
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Michelle Maryns Receives 2020 JA Impact Award

Michelle Maryns has been honored with the 2020 JA Impact Award for her outstanding support of youth entrepreneurs as JAUM’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. In this role, she mentored 20 students in the inaugural cohort of JA LaunchU, a program that equips high school students with the skills needed to launch their own business venture. By sharing her experience and Continue Reading...
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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...
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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...