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Bloom into Spring While Supporting JA Kids!

Talk about “flower power!” We’re excited to announce that Flowers & Fancies, a local Baltimore florist, will feature a beautifully designed flower arrangement especially for friends and supporters of Junior Achievement of Central Maryland. Through the Blooms 4 A Better Bmore campaign, 50% of every JA flower arrangement sold will be donated back to our organization.

The customized arrangement seen here is available in one size and could be just the surprise you were looking for to let someone special know how much you care. With upcoming dates celebrating nurses, teachers, mothers and other important people in our lives, select the JA flower arrangement through Flowers & Fancies and you can also feel good about supporting more than 48,000 local students as they work with JA to turn their dreams into plans.

Since 1971, Flowers & Fancies has brought the finest varieties of fresh flowers and plants from local growers and worldwide farms to Central Maryland. Specializing in same-day deliveries, weddings, corporate events and parties. They also feature the largest walk-in cooler in the state of Maryland. Each quarter, Flowers & Fancies selects a worthy organization such as JA and creates a signature flower arrangement to bring awareness to their work in the Baltimore community.

Brighten someone’s day with this beautiful bouquet and support JA!

To purchase this special arrangement, click here.

DeJonna Farrar is a marketing intern at Junior Achievement. She is a Business Communication major at Stevenson University who graduates with her Bachelor of Science in May 2019. Her primary focus within her major is marketing.

An Unforgettable Journey

For a fifth grader, JA BizTown is an unforgettable trip, one where students learn how to write a check, where they get their first paycheck, and where they learn how to run a business. Those are just some of the memories Genevieve Stakias remembers.

Genevieve was the CFO at Bank of America when she first attended JA BizTown a decade ago with her classmates at Riderwood Elementary.

“I still can remember preparing at school for the field trip,” she says. “I was CFO of Bank of America, processing payroll, handling bills, and processing loans. I still even have my lanyard. Not only was the experience wonderful, but the volunteers were extremely helpful. They allowed us to run the businesses on our own but ensured that we were on track and benefitting from the program.” Genevieve had such an awesome experience during her school’s visit that she begged her mom to sign her up for that summer’s JA BizTown camp.

Now a senior at Towson University, Genevieve works as a program intern with JA. Through this role, she has had the opportunity to see JA BizTown through a different lens -- one in which she is responsible for preparing school materials, organizing inventory, and ensuring that the program is set and ready to inspire the next generation of leaders.

“I saw the internship opportunity at TU, and the name Junior Achievement was very familiar. Then I remembered my great experience at JA BizTown and learning about real-world economic experiences. From there, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity for me,” she recalls.

Genevieve, who grew up in Maryland, also coaches basketball, and fluently speaks Greek, Italian, and Spanish. At Towson University she majors in family studies with an interest in human services.

Genevieve loves JA and recommends that more interns apply for the opportunity to be a part of an organization that focuses on real-world experiences for children.

DeJonna Farrar is a marketing intern at Junior Achievement. She is a Business Communication major at Stevenson University who graduates with her Bachelor of Science in May 2019. Her primary focus within her major is marketing.

Severn Entrepreneurs Go Into Business

It's not easy being the new kids on the block, but these entrepreneurs are leading the way at Severn School.

12 students have been exploring business opportunities since mid-October, creating 4 different ventures between them.

One of the ideas included a music app venture that would show students what songs their peers were listening to. 

"I've always thought about starting a company like this, but I never took that next step with production," said Jackson Gunhus. 

Research from Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP showed that 41 percent of teens would consider entrepreneurship as a career option, yet only 6 percent of teen boys have started a business and only 4 percent of teen girls have done the same. The study was conducted by Wakefield Research between October 15 and October 22.

To learn more about JA Company Program at Severn School, click here.

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