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Grad Nation: If Not College, Then What?
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 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

For decades, earning a four-year college degree has been seen as the key to upward mobility. However, rising college costs and increasing student debt are causing many to question the value of a college...

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Summer Jobs = Career Readiness
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Summer is a season often synonymous with relaxation and leisure for many teenagers. However, an increasing number of teens are leveraging this break from school to gain valuable work experience through summer jobs. These opportunities not only provide immediate benefits but also prepare young people for success in a global...

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Unlocking Opportunities: Preparing Teens for an AI Future
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 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has swiftly become a driving force reshaping our world. From enhancing educational experiences to revolutionizing industries, its impact is profound and far-reaching. Yet, amidst the promises of innovation, questions arise, particularly among young people, about the future of work and the career paths that will remain resilient in an increasingly AI-driven...

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From Literacy to Action: Empowering Teens for Financial Wellness
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

In today's dynamic economic landscape, financial literacy is more than just understanding concepts—it's about taking action. Junior Achievement champions this philosophy with the theme "From Literacy to Action." Our mission is clear: to equip individuals, especially young people, with the tools and confidence needed to navigate personal finances...

A Letter from Our President: Volunteer Appreciation Week

 By Shannan Beeler

Community Involvement

Dear Volunteers,

I hope this message finds you well and filled with the same warmth and gratitude that I have in my heart as we celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week. It's with immense joy and pride that I take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks and appreciation to each one of...

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Because of JA...The Impact of Junior Achievement on Fi’s Life
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

In a world where the impact of every action matters, volunteering stands out as a powerful means of making a difference. At the heart of JA lies the belief that every individual has the potential to shape the future, regardless of their background or circumstances. Through initiatives like "Because of JA," volunteers contribute to meaningful change, one classroom at a...

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What is JA Finance Park?

 By Katy Blissit

Financial Literacy

JA Finance Park® is Junior Achievement’s capstone curriculum for personal financial planning and career exploration. This program, comprising a curriculum and a simulation, helps students build a foundation on which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit. This teacher-led classroom curriculum...

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Stemming the STEM Decline
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers have long been hailed as the anchor of innovation and economic progress. However, despite the critical role they play in shaping the future, there's a concerning trend in the declining interest among students, particularly in non-medical STEM...

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How to Connect with Students as a JA Volunteer

 By Katy Blissit

Community Involvement

Are you excited about volunteering with Junior Achievement of Oklahoma? As a JA volunteer, your role goes beyond just teaching students about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. You have the opportunity to make a lasting impact by building meaningful connections with students. Here are some tips on how to create a positive connection with students in the...

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A Generation Deferred?
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

Every generation faces its unique set of challenges and hurdles on the path to economic stability and personal fulfillment. From the Greatest Generation's resilience through the Great Depression and World War II to Millennials weathering the storm of 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, each cohort navigates its own economic landscape. Today, as Generation Z comes of age, they confront a world...



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