Junior Achievement Blog

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Sara Dziuk, President & CEO

Sara Dziuk has served as President and CEO of Junior Achievement since June 2020. In her role, Sara works closely with the JA Board of Directors to set the strategy for the multi-state education organization. Under Sara’s leadership, the talented Junior Achievement team partners with business and community volunteers to deliver innovative and relevant programs to thousands of students across Continue Reading...
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JA Hosts Listening Sessions

Over the course of nine different listening sessions this spring, we were honored to speak with various stakeholders and community members who shared honestly about their perceptions of JA and experiences with the organization. It was encouraging to hear about our strengths and exciting to think about areas for improvement. We noticed many key themes surface throughout the sessions that Continue Reading...
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Junior Achievement Career Fair Impacts 22,000 Students!

While the COVID-19 pandemic has halted in-person career exploration programs for students, Junior Achievement has created a new opportunity for students to explore career pathways and connect with industry experts in a safe and innovative way. Over 22,000 eighth through twelfth grade students from across Minnesota, North Dakota, and Western Wisconsin will participate in the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair Continue Reading...
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A conversation with Jessica Winnie of MNBlackBox

Staff members of our JA team got a special surprise on their doorstep in honor of Black History Month. Each member of our team received a custom curated box from MNBlackBox – a local company dedicated to amplifying Black businesses through a monthly subscription service. We were so inspired by the work that Jessica Winnie, the owner behind MNBlackBox, is Continue Reading...
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Welcoming our Newest Board Members | January 2021

We are pleased to be welcoming many new board members to our JA Board of Directors. The expertise these individuals bring to the team will really allow us to expand our efforts to continually inspire this next generation to achieve success. Please join us in welcoming them to our organization.  Amy Brachio, EY, Partner, Global Business Consulting Amy leads EY’s Continue Reading...
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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...