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Q & A with JA College Student Volunteer
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Community Involvement

As Zachary Robles walks on to shake the president’s hand of Kent University, his smile is not only for being the first generation to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, but for the pride he feels for having made an impact in his local community.

Managing full class schedules and contemplating future career paths, Robles made time to teach Junior Achievement programs in his local...

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Financial Literacy & Middle Schoolers
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

What is Financial Literacy? Financial literacy is the all-inclusive concept of budgeting, management of credit, understanding of saving, spending and earning. Essentially, financial literacy is everything that involves your financial health.Yet, one can't consider being literate in finance by being able to balance a checkbook or being hired. The fundamentals of financial literacy look at present...

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Sprout JA Learning Early: Books for Kindergarteners
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

According to the National Education Association, children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20 or higher when starting school compared to those who were not read to. Engage with your child by checking out the following books that focus on concepts of careers and money all while helping them develop basic learning...

How to Write a Check
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

I remember walking into the school book fair with a blank check from my parents. The purpose of the oddly shaped paper was unknown to my 8-year-old self, but the value was priceless to me. After having my teacher assist me in writing all the necessary fields, I gave it to the cashier and left with my new arts and crafts book. Fast forward, I was writing my first check. Without a teacher looking...

How to Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume in 2018
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Congratulations! After hours of sweat and smiles, you've finished your volunteer efforts but how are you going to make them stand out on a resume? Of course, you could intertwine your experience in your face-to-face interview... or add it to your professional network profile in hopes that your potential new employer will do some "digging" about you, but the question remains -- will it make a...

Money and Millennials: Credit for Beginners
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

Credit is like a car, it has to be built before you can get to where you want to go.

Unfortunately, the negative connotation of a credit card prevented me from my forward movement of building credit until I was in my mid-20s. In a way I was fortunate; my car was paid off, my family helped to pay for college and I was renting my apartment. I was living frugally-like my grandfather, whose financial...

DONUT Mess with Junior Achievement
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Corporate Responsibility

Students from Oakwood, an elementary school located in Portland, Oregon, combined entrepreneurship with a craving for breakfast to create the Sweet O's Donut...

Money and Millennials: Budgeting 101
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

As a child, I never noticed a budget in our household. There were no coupons trapped under a magnet on the fridge nor did a budget-conversation occur at the kitchen table when it was time for my brother and me to get back-to-school supplies. It may come as a surprise, but many families don't discuss money with their young children. In fact, a Junior Achievement (JA) survey reported that 84 percent...

Junior Achievement Students Hatch Entrepreneurship
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Susan Hunter Wallace, a first time Junior Achievement volunteer, taught "JA Our Community" and received more than just a few raised hands. As she and the students grew through the JA lesson, the second-graders were inspired to share their project with her. The second graders at Clinton Elementary were trying their hand at entrepreneurship through hatching chickens. Unfortunately, their progress...

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An Entrepreneur with a Sweet Spot for JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Students are not the only ones who learn from JA...our volunteers do, too! Meet Denis Ring, the Founder of Ocho Chocolate Candy, located in Oakland, California. A candy store that prides itself on great tasting organic candy bars. In November, Ring decided to trade in his chocolate for a richer experience--volunteering with Junior Achievement for National Entrepreneurship Month. "The students at...



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