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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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Dream Jobs vs. Fulfilling Jobs
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

In the pursuit of career success and happiness, the concept of dream jobs often takes center stage for young individuals. Many of them hold on to the thought of landing their dream job, one that aligns seamlessly with their passions and interests. However, a closer look at the professional landscape reveals that dream jobs might not be as prevalent or feasible as commonly...

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Be a JA Game Changer!

 By Katy Blissit

Community Involvement

Volunteers are the game-changer! They are the player that ignites those around them to do better and be better. They are the player that changes the “on court” or “on field” energy that’s a spark plug and leads the team to victory. They are the ones that young people need. Young people need someone to share their personal and professional experiences and skills to help them make the connection...

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What is JA Inspire?

 By Katy Blissit

Work Readiness

Let's inspire today's youth to be the workforce of...

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Help Young Entrepreneurs Shoot for Success
Blog from JA USA

 By Beth Beene

Entrepreneurship

Empowering the potential of young entrepreneurs is not just about individual success; it's about shaping a future where innovation is the norm, economies are resilient, and dreams are transformed into...

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Because of JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

Have you ever considered the transformative power a single educational experience can have on shaping the trajectory of a student's entire life? Canisha, a distinguished Junior Achievement alumna, serves as a powerful testament to the profound impact of our organization on young...

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The Power of Volunteerism
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, let us embrace the opportunity to make resolutions that transcend personal boundaries and contribute to a brighter future for all. With our commitment to empowering the next generation, we can provide a pathway for individuals to turn their aspirations into...



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