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A Win-Win for All: How Volunteering Sets Off a Chain Reaction

It’s no secret that volunteering is a beneficial act of kindness.
Many non-profit organizations achieve their missions with the help of dedicated volunteers, and the recipients of their services often leave with a new personal connection, a newly learned skill, or more confidence from a positive interaction –  just a few of the countless possible outcomes. For years, the act of volunteering has been known to offer intangible benefits to those who give their time to others, such as pride, satisfaction, and a sense of accomplishment – the road to being a do-gooder.[1] But what about the other benefits – the ones we can actually see and measure?
As the United States economy evolves, for-profit companies have recognized the growing importance of employee volunteer programs. The newest hires – Millennial college graduates – are a generation of young people who value the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world more highly than other benefits offered by corporate careers.[2] Employees are happier and more likely to stay at companies that align with their personal values, ultimately influencing employee retention rates: 75% of employees say that their jobs are more fulfilling when their companies offer opportunities to make a difference.[3]
When workers spend time volunteering with skills-based organizations, such as Junior Achievement, they improve the lives of other people while developing leadership skills and strengthening technical skills that make them even more successful in their own professional environment. A 2016 Impact Survey conducted by Deloitte shows that any type of volunteering that helps cultivate professional skills results in significantly higher productivity.[4] It’s no wonder that more and more companies each year are incorporating volunteer opportunities into their corporate culture.
When it comes to the personal impact volunteering has, results are harder to quantify. Yet studies show that by volunteering with an organization, people build empathy and strengthen their ability to form social bonds, ultimately making them happier.[5] Plus, a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service proves there is a strong connection with good health; volunteers have “lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression.”[6] In short, volunteering is a great way to improve your physiological health.
Put simply, the act of volunteering is a win for everyone involved: the non-profit organization, the recipient of the service, for-profit companies, and the volunteers themselves. When working with Junior Achievement in particular, volunteers actively improve the future of the global economy by teaching K-12 students how money, careers and business ownership work. Junior Achievement alumni are two and a half times more likely to be involved with starting a business than the general public, thus creating jobs, offering new goods and services to consumers, promoting social mobility, and contributing to the economy as a whole. And this chain reaction begins with one person: a volunteer.
If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of the 85,000 students that Junior Achievement of New York reaches each year in New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley – as well as your own life – click here to get started.

JA New York Student Alumni Feature - Sisi Peng

Each Junior Achievement program is specially designed to empower students to build their future and recognize their potential.

Sisi Peng

Through hands-on experiences and mentorship from top business executives, many students are inspired to pursue various careers in entrepreneurship, finance, and other industries that spark their intellectual curiosity. One program in particular, the JA New York Business Plan Competition (BPC), is proven to give high school students the exposure and confidence to dig into their entrepreneurial spirit and ultimately cultivate the transferable skills all young people in the workforce need.

Sisi Peng, JA New York alumna and Brooklyn Technical High School graduate, credits many of her academic and career choices to her participation in BPC during her junior and senior years of high school. Sisi and her teammates were proud to pitch their business ideas at NASDAQ Times Square both years as finalists in the competition. Taking initiative to own her potential, she would eventually overcome a personal challenge by speaking publicly in front of a large audience and distinguished judges while defending her team’s business plans. The highly competitive nature of BPC challenged Sisi and her team to think outside the box and fully understand each component necessary to start and run a successful business. They had to think strategically, both short-term and long-term. Throughout the entire process, Sisi improved her leadership and public speaking skills and her ability to work in a productive team environment – all of which are essential skills in college and beyond.

Sisi’s ambition followed her as she embarked on her college journey at Cornell University. Although she entered the Ithaca Green expecting to study Biology and Society, Sisi later transferred to their Communications program. This change was in part due to her entrepreneurial mindset sparked by her participation with JA New York. Now a Cornell alumna, Sisi works for inVentiv Health PR Group, employing all the skills she learned during her time with Junior Achievement of New York.

Sisi speaking on the Alumni Panel at JA New York Business Plan Competition Finals, June 2017


Thanks to Sisi’s commitment to make the most of her own education by participating in programs like the Business Plan Competition, she developed the confidence and creativity to carry her from the start of her career into wherever her future experiences take her in the working world. Lessons learned from the Business Plan Competition have empowered her to make smart academic and personal economic choices. For many students like Sisi, Junior Achievement programs bridge the gap between what is taught in the classroom and what is expected of young people entering the workforce and gives them the opportunity to cultivate the skills they need to become confident and savvy leaders in a global economy.

JA New York Student Alumni Feature - Jackson Finio

Jackson speaking on the Alumni Panel to BPC finalists, June 2017

Each year, hundreds of students submit their business plans to Junior Achievement of New York, hoping theirs will stick out, catch a judge’s eye, and ultimately take home the first place prize.

Conceived in 2008, the JA New York Business Plan Competition (BPC) is designed to give high school students the opportunity to learn hands-on how to build a business plan from the ground up and what it takes to earn the trust of others in the world of entrepreneurship. With the mentorship of corporate volunteers, each finalist group competes in a Shark Tank-like fashion, and, as every entrepreneur can vouch for, sometimes it takes a few tries to get it right. Just ask Jackson Finio, 2013 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and JA New York alumnus.

Jackson spent his final three years of high school dedicated to developing business plans for the JA New York competition. Between 2011 and 2013, Jackson and his team competed in the Finals round of BPC three times, placing second in both 2011 and 2012. For their senior year, after years of hard work and preparation, Jackson and his teammates finally became the first place winners. That year represents more than just a winning year for Jackson’s team; it was the culmination of three years’ worth of research, planning, re-planning, and pitching their ideas.

Now, not only is Jackson a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, he is a co-founder of Fund3, a hedge fund that employs machine learning algorithms to capitalize on the volatility of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. In addition to earning significant bragging rights and prize money, Jackson credits JA New York’s Business Plan Competition for pushing him towards his career. He and his high school teammates looked into how they could turn their ideas into actions after their big win, but soon realized they were lacking both capital and technical training. Because of this, Jackson turned to computer science in college to gain the knowledge he would need to bring his ideas to life; when he partnered with other engineers during his senior year to found Fund3, he did just that.

Jackson with his teammates after winning 1st Place in BPC, May 2013

As a successful young entrepreneur, Jackson embodies Junior Achievement’s mission to empower young people to own their economic success. Throughout his years of participating in BPC, he gained the real-world experience he needed to discover his passion and form his own path to entrepreneurial accomplishment. Jackson looks back on those three years and hopes that as a JA New York alumnus, he can help bring other students the same opportunity he had to leave his comfort zone and feel empowered to take the risks necessary to build a successful future.

2016 Student Reflections


We asked our 2016 Student of the Year and Student Ambassadors to reflect on their time with Junior Achievement, and what the role of representing JA New York within their schools and communities means to them.


Linda Chan, 2017 Graduate of Cathedral High School

“One of the most important skills I learned as a Junior Achievement student was believing in myself, which I slowly developed as time went on. Confidence—or should I say lack of self-confidence—was something I struggled with for a very long time. By participating in JA programs and meeting so many unique volunteers, I also had the opportunity to get to know myself better.

As students learn to believe in themselves, it attracts others to believe in them. Mentorship is one of the best gifts a student can receive. We can reach our goals and dreams, and figure out who we want to be, all because of a helpful push by believers who have our backs.

I was fortunate enough to meet and network with people from companies such as PwC and Goldman Sachs. It is amazing to see how passionate and caring they are, and how much time they are willing to spend with students to offer advice and guidance. The definition of success varies from person to person, but to me, it’s a state of mind. JA programs have changed the way I think. Instead of thinking very narrowly and straight, I now think more broadly about the ramifications of every decision I make.

Though I am attending Pace University Lubin Business School this fall, much of my future is still unknown. After college I hope to attend grad school. My dream is to eventually build my own company, find economic success and help others achieve it, as well. In my time with Junior Achievement, I’ve gained knowledge in both entrepreneurship and the business world. Wherever I go, I will always be thankful to JA. Thank you for giving me a chance and a vision of what I would like my future to become. Without Junior Achievement and all of its supporters, I wouldn’t be here today with a plan for my future beyond college.

Mr. Poccia from PwC once told me, “Start building and keeping your relationships,” which I definitely will. Each of the JA volunteers I’ve met are unique, and they’ve made my experience more meaningful and valuable. Little things like talking to people in the workforce and getting their advice and encouragement are memorable and one of a kind for students like me. I’m so grateful and will always be a JA student, learning and growing every day. It is my turn now to give back and help others just like JA has helped me. Thank you."


Jaya Hamilton, 2017 Graduate of Academy of Finance and Enterprise

“Being one of five Junior Achievement New York Ambassadors was such a beautiful experience. From teaching elementary school students in the classroom, to networking with professionals in the business world, this year was truly remarkable. One very special aspect of being an ambassador was building lifelong relationships with my fellow ambassadors who share the same passion of sharing JA New York’s mission. Moreover, speaking at the Gala was a pivotal moment in my personal growth, as I had the opportunity to speak in front of a large group of professionals. I look forward to opportunities in the future that include public speaking and networking. Not to mention the humbling experience of teaching financial literacy to third graders, kindergartners, and a class of ESL students. High School Heroes enforced the value of strengthening the community with my fellow peers. Overall, my time as an ambassador allowed me to break out of my comfort zone and explore career opportunities outside of my interests.
In terms of my future plans, I will be attending Baruch College in the fall with a major in International Business. I look forward to broadening my expertise in the business field by interning at an accounting or investment firm. Lastly, I will always appreciate and give back my time and resources to Junior Achievement because I now understand the crucial value of volunteers.”



Thalia Baeza Milan, 2017 Graduate of High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

“This year has been my final year in high school. In addition to being a high school senior, I also had the opportunity of being a Junior Achievement of New York Ambassador. This entailed representing Junior Achievement in several public events. The main one was the Gala, in which, along with my fellow ambassadors, I was given the chance to interact with JA’s business partners in order to give them a firsthand view of the program. I was also invited to do this at a Board Meeting at Goldman Sachs. In this meeting, myself and other students who were impacted by JA shared our experiences with board members.

One of my best moments with JA was when I participated in the High School Heroes program. With High School Heroes, I was able to spend an entire day with a class of special-ed elementary students and teach them about how the community works. Throughout the process of working with these students, I also worked on myself. High School Heroes helped me open up to people, to become better at public speaking and to have confidence in myself. From there on forward, I’ve been a better person.
The role of being an ambassador for JA also made me a go-to person at school. Anytime students had questions about the program, they would come to me. Future JA Ambassadors also came to me for advice on how to go about the application process. I was a role-model for them, and I was extremely happy anytime they asked for anything, for I was helping them embrace the opportunities JA offered and become better young adults. This was probably my favourite part of being an ambassador.
The future for me is still not set in stone. However, this fall, I will start my four years of college at Yale University. I plan to study Global Affairs, along with Chinese and Arabic. I’m hoping to work for the United Nations, State Department or with any organization that would give me the opportunity to travel and help people improve their circumstances across the world.”



Kaiyell Pettie, 2017 Graduate of High School of Economics and Finance

“I can proudly credit Junior Achievement of New York for my amazing high school experience. At the High School for Economics and Finance, I have been heavily involved with Junior Achievement and can say that this organization has shaped me to become the next great business leader of America. In addition, I will be attending Baruch College financially literate and knowledgeable about what career I want to pursue. Junior Achievement has given me my blueprint for success in college and beyond and has sparked my desire to become a role model of achievement to young people. Junior Achievement has allowed me to grow as a student, entrepreneur, and as a future college student. Throughout high school, I have participated in the Junior Achievement Business Plan Competition, Job Shadows, Capital One/JA Mobile Finance Park, and the JA Economics for Success program. Through Junior Achievement, I was able to establish prominent connections within the field of business. This led me to pursue a career as either an investment banker or a certified public accountant.
I have gone on numerous job shadowing events hosted by Junior Achievement which is highlighted by companies such as Goldman Sachs and Deloitte. Also, because of Junior Achievement, I have had the opportunity to develop my very own business which I still continue to run today. I consider constructing my own business plan to be my greatest achievement so far. After participating in the Junior Achievement of New York Business Plan Competition and receiving feedback from the judges, I developed my own service business, thus turning my dream of being a young entrepreneur into a reality.
Being a Junior Achievement Student Ambassador has built upon my interpersonal, public speaking, presentation, and communication skills. I have also developed new skills and expanded existing ones. I have promoted Junior Achievement’s values to students of all age groups in order to increase the number of financially literate students heading to college. This school year alone, I have actively participated in the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards Gala, JA Mobile Finance Park, JA New York Celebration Event, and the JA New York Board of Directors Meeting. At this board meeting, which was held at Goldman Sachs, I served as a representative for student needs to attract more students to Junior Achievement programs. The highlight of my year as an ambassador occurred when I spoke on behalf of Junior Achievement student participators at the 2016 Annual Leadership Awards Gala as Junior Achievement is the world’s largest non-profit organization that educates students about entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
As far as my future goes, I plan to attain my bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance at Baruch College and attain an MBA afterwards. I wish to stay active with Junior Achievement as my goal of having every student financially literate will never fade until it is actually achieved.”



Kayele Spencer, 2017 Graduate of High School of Economics and Finance

“High school in general has been a roller coaster of emotions. Each year brought on a new adventure and learning experience. Senior year, in particular, for me was filled with many emotions. The college process was stressful and there were times I wanted to give up. However, as a JA Ambassador, I was given the opportunity to attend events where I was surrounded by business professionals who reminded me about the importance of an education. Hearing about their journey and what their current job titles were encouraged me to push myself. What I loved the most was being able to network with people who had a different background than I did. I enjoyed telling my story and always laughed at the fact that no one ever believed I was only seventeen going on eighteen.

For the next chapter of my life I will be attending SUNY Oswego where I will be open to new adventures, new people and new life lessons. I hope that my journey allows me to further discover myself and that my love for business deepens. My joy for interacting with others has uncovered to me that I may want to pursue a career in Human Resources. Thank you so much, Junior Achievement, for providing me with the experiences that allowed me to become the me I want to be and admire."

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Joe McCoy

Joe McCoy, 39, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Joe's first marathon. He gave us some insight into how he got involved with Team JA New York, what keeps him motivated to run, his go-to pre-race meal, and more.

To help Joe fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!

Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I volunteer my time on occasion with JA New York and sit on their Hudson Valley Advisory Council. I mentioned I was running the marathon but didn’t get into the lottery.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I ran track & cross country in high school.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I am very competitive and set ambitious goals.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Getting a very good time and not getting hurt.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Stretch often and stay hydrated!

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: You stay healthy, a good stress reliever and allows me to eat what I want!

Q: Who inspires you?

A: Family and friends.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: Pre-meals are eggs, dry toast, banana, coffee and lots of water. Post- anything I can get my hands on to eat or drink!


Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Elise Trebaol

Elise Trebaol, 27, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Elise’s second marathon. She gave us some insight into how she began running, what she finds rewarding about running, her go-to post-race beverage, and more.

To help Elise fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!

Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I wanted to run the New York City Marathon and was very familiar with JA's work already as my company supports it.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I was a college athlete and it was part of my workout.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I just love to run and be outside.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Distance that has been run.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Try to do as many long distance runs as possible.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: Running clears your mind and makes you feel so good after.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: Pre-race, I like pasta. Post-race, I like to drink a Coke as a reward!

Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Tim Stelzer

Tim Stelzer, 39, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Tim's fifth marathon, and he gave us some insight into how he got involved with Junior Achievement, what he finds rewarding about running, who inspires him most , and more.

To help Tim fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!


Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I first heard of JA when a volunteer visited my son’s first grade class and initiated a conversation around money management. That experience opened up a great opportunity for us to discuss personal finances. I’ve always dreamed of running the NY Marathon, and this year’s race falls on the day after my 40th birthday. By running for JA New York, I am able to realize a bucket list goal while supporting an organization whose mission aligns with my values.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: Running for me started as a punishment doled out by my basketball and baseball coaches growing up. I didn’t begin running for running’s sake until I met my wife and we began training together. Now it’s an integral part of my life.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: My motivation is to remain fit and healthy so I’m always ready for whatever physical or mental challenge life throws my way. One specific tactic is to document training plans and record results to hold myself accountable towards a goal.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Success as a runner is measured by consistency, continuous improvement and health. Any time or distance successes stem from this foundation.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Find a group of friends to run with and make training a ritual. The social aspect of running will make you more likely to continue with it and also challenge you to perform your best.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: The clarity of mind, body and spirit achieved when running, and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a strenuous effort.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My kids. Their determination is a source of strength for me whenever the going gets tough on a training run or during a race.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: A macchiato and tacos is my perfect post-run meal.

Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Dave Mink

Dave Mink, 23, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Dave's second marathon, and he gave us some insight into how he stays motivated, what he finds most rewarding about running, his go-to pre-race meal, and more.


To help Dave fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!



Q: How did you first get into running?

A: High school track.


Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I like to stay in shape in general but I need some race in the future to be able to stay serious and committed. This is why I like running challenging races to keep pushing myself to be better.


Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: I measure success by improving each week throughout training, no matter what you are training for whether it’s your 1st 5k or 10th marathon I think that is the best way to quantify success in running.


Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Sign up for a race and pick a goal – either completing the race or a time goal. For me when I run marathons my goal is to finish and if I break 4 hours that a bonus. I think having realistic goals and hitting them is a good way to stay on track and gives your training a purpose.


Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: To see how far you can push your body is really rewarding for me, I also think that I feel a lot better the days I run both physically and mentally. Meeting people through running is also a plus.


Q: Who inspires you?

A: Other runners and regular people trying to get into shape/ stay in shape.


Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: The night before I like chicken or veal parm with some pasta on the side and a salad and a lot of water. Post race I like breakfast sandwiches and beer – beer gives your body instant carbs and really helps your body and mind relax after a long race.



Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Khari Parson

Khari Parson will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. He gave us some insight into how he started running, who inspires him the most, how to avoid over-training, and more.

To help Khari fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!


Q: How many other marathons have you run?

A: 1 Half Marathon

Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I volunteered with Junior Achievement at Newcomers High School in Queens, which is how I became aware of the organization. After I did not win the lottery for the NYC Marathon, I knew Team JA New York is very compelling and would be a great partner for the race.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I began running in 2008 with a running club. I was running with them 3-4 times a week with short, tempo, and long runs. It culminated with running the Berlin Half Marathon in 2012.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I enjoy running outside and it doesn’t feel like something I “have” to do when I go for a run. I also switch up my workouts (with weights and biking) and different routes. NYC has lots of scenery and a variety of terrain to keep things interesting.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Success as a runner means enjoying your runs, setting and meeting your goals (even if the goal is to just get outside), and avoiding injury.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Do not over train! As a new runner, it is common to want to quickly increase mileage or have consecutive days running. When this is done too soon, it can lead to injury, which can sideline your training. Pace yourself and gradually your body will be acclimated to the stresses of running.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: I love the physical challenge of running and pushing myself and being able to see a different side of NYC while running.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: I am inspired by the runners who put in miles every day no matter the weather.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: If I am running in the morning, I usually have oatmeal and a banana. After a long run, my go-to is Ramen and a beer!

Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Gerardo Gonzalez

Gerardo Gonzalez, 40, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. This is Gerardo's first marathon, and he gave us some insight into why he got involved with JA New York, who inspires him the most, his all-time favorite food, and more.

To help Gerardo fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!



Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: Through one of EY’s most important social responsibility event, “EY Connect day,” I had the opportunity to learn about JA New York and their outstanding cause to provide students with work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy education. I taught a class for 5th graders of a public school in Brooklyn and the experience was phenomenal! Students were great, attentive but also eager to participate and learn.

The same day I learned that my name wasn’t picked in the NYC marathon drawing, I received an email from JA New York inviting me to participate, supporting the JA cause. I thought this was a terrific opportunity to support a great organization and realize my goal of running the marathon.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: Quite frankly, I am still in the process of getting into running. The NYC marathon is my first “running anything, ever”. I am doing it because I want to force myself to be in better shape. Also, I want to set an example for my 2 boys, Santiago (7 years old) and Sebastian (4 years old) to show that “the sky is the limit.” Unconditional support from my wife and my sons got me into running.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I started with the end in mind and doing so has helped tremendously to build up strength, confidence and hope. I see myself fighting a ferocious battle, mainly against myself, but successfully completing the race!

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Like everything else in life. Based on how much running feeds my satisfaction and contributes to my happiness. The more the better.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: I am a new runner myself, but have been training for the last month. My family is my main source of motivation and the fuel is determination. Determination, determination, determination - “If the going gets easy you may be going downhill.”

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: The sense of self improvement, especially in terms of physical condition and mental clarity.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: The sense of completeness and happiness, which comes from my wife, Sissy, and my two boys, Santiago and Sebastian.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: Since this is my first marathon, I’d have to give my best guess based on my favorite food in the whole wide world: hamburgers – before and after the marathon- hamburgers always.

Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Q&A with 2017 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Franchesca Gasior

Franchesca Gasior, 36, will be running in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 5th. She's run more than 5 marathons to date. This dedicated runner gave us some insight into why she loves running, what success means to her, her go-to post-race meal, and more.

To help Franchesca fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!  


Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I was asked to volunteer to teach a JA Class.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I ran track in high school and in college so I always found running to be very therapeutic and a stress reliever.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: Staying motivated has been hard with the work schedule but I constantly remind myself that this is something I've wanted to do for a long time and I am now getting an opportunity to do it and more so that I am running for JA New York.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: I measure success as runner by how far you have managed to push yourself, be it an extra mile or running and beating your best time, but most importantly I measure success on how I feel at the end of my run (i.e. do I feel relaxed, less anxiety, happy, accomplished).

Q: Do you have any training tips for new runners?

A: Find the time that works for you. I wake up at 5am and run at that time - I feel like it is right before the madness of the day begins. Eat and hydrate properly. It is so important since it fuels your run, and lastly make sure you are running with a pair of good running sneakers. They make all the difference.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: It can be transformative and life changing. It gives you the time to clear your head and put things into perspective.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My daughter, I see strengths in her that I wish I had at 18.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: I don't really have a pre-marathon favorite meal but my post-marathon is a juicy burger and a beer.









Team JA New York 2017 on Crowdrise

Heroes of New York - Bill McNamara

Bill McNamara wasn’t always a high-powered businessman with a knack for mentorship. As a former NYC Cop and executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb who would eventually become an MVP Junior Achievement volunteer, McNamara learned about hard work and entrepreneurship over a lifetime of service.

2017 Winners
Bill McNamara at the JA New York office for
JA volunteering, March 2017

His first taste in the working world was as an entrepreneurial young boy in a New York City housing project trying to make a few bucks as a paper boy. He discovered early on that good customer service led to growth and bad customer service gave competitors an opportunity to poach your clientele. He learned that time management and effective record keeping were important skills all business people should master.

After growing up in a family that valued higher education, McNamara attended college before spending several years as a New York City police officer – a role with unprecedented responsibility and eye-opening experiences. After suffering a severe injury in the line of duty, he was forced to retire and rely on his previous education in order to transition into the business world. He was able to take the lessons he learned from his time with the NYPD into his new career – a valuable tool he advises all young people to foster early on.

Bill adapted to a new life by honing his leadership skills, incorporating a vast range of experiences and life lessons that would serve him well in a new career.  All of the qualities he cultivated in law enforcement helped him succeed – things like willingness to learn, exploration, honesty, and dependability. After 28 years with Bristol-Myers Squibb, McNamara retired and now spends much of his time volunteering with JA New York.

Bill receives an award from Mayor Koch and
Police Commissioner Ward at a ceremony in 1978.

In keeping with the current trend of Millennial job-hopping, McNamara encourages young people to explore multiple career options until one inspires them. The key to this, he says, is ensuring “you have good communication and analytical skills, as they are transportable. Be prepared to evolve and perpetually update your skills.”

As a longtime MVP volunteer with Junior Achievement of New York for the past seven years, McNamara is always looking for new ways to inspire students to recognize their infinite career possibilities. Bill feels he benefitted from working for organizations that were committed to developing him and he is consistently invigorated by the opportunity to pay it forward.

Bill teaches JA programs to students from Frederick Douglass
Academy II and Wadleigh School of Performing Arts, March 2017

McNamara is a premier example of a Junior Achievement volunteer, dedicating his time and expertise to various JA programs including Finance Park, the Business Plan Competition, and JA Be Entrepreneurial, among others. He seamlessly blends his own experiences into JA programming to teach students how to lead by example, use mistakes as learning opportunities, challenge themselves to cultivate their skills, and so much more.

Junior Achievement of New York thanks Bill McNamara for his devotion to the Junior Achievement mission in helping New York’s kids become economically savvy, confident, and ready to lead and succeed in the real world.

Volunteers like Bill McNamara are empowering young people to own their economic success.

Just like Bill, you too can make a difference. Show them what’s possible.

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Bill poses with St. Mary's Swim Team, Bronx, NY in 1999 where he was Assistant Swim Coach
and Team sponsor for a number of years.
At World Basketball Ambassadors Club - NYPD 43rd Pct. vs. Youth Game 2016. WBAC is a 501(c)3 organization with a goal of teaching youth life skills through basketball. Bill serves as a Board Member and Treasurer.

Q&A with 2016 TCS NYC Marathon Runner, Kevin Bull

Kevin Bull, 39, will be running in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 6th. He gave us some insight into his favorite collectibles, how he stays in the moment, his go-to post-race meal, and more.

To help Kevin fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!


Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I joined the JANY marathon team last year after searching for a charity partner to fundraise for.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I began running in 2011 after I first competed in the Connecticut Challenge, a 25-mile bike race, with my next-door neighbor.  He and his wife were active in running and biking so I started getting involved in local 5K runs then worked my way up to marathons and triathlons.

Q: How many marathons have you run? Which one has been your favorite?

A: I’ve run several half marathons but the only full marathon I ran was last year’s TCS New York City Marathon.

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I like collecting bibs and medals!  I also like trying to improve my performance with every race I run which means putting a lot of time and effort into training.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Success means feeling good during and after a race, staying injury-free, and making incremental improvements in your performance.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new marathon runners?

A: Stick to your training plan and foam roll!  I ran last year’s marathon with a knee injury because I went on vacation 3 weeks prior and didn’t keep up with my training.  After coming home I ran 20 miles in 2 days which led to a knee injury sidelining me for 3 months after the marathon.

Q: How do you mentally prepare for a race?

A: I remind myself to stay calm and rely on the training to prepare for a race.  It’s easier if I’ve run the same race or same distance before because I know what to expect.  Before the race starts you get caught up in the crowd energy which can lead to overextending yourself in the beginning.  It’s best to enjoy the moment but stay relaxed and stick to the plan.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: There’s a lot I like about running.  It allows you to get outside (usually), cover good distances, see new places and doesn’t take a lot of equipment to enjoy.  It’s a social activity that I enjoy with friends and family. I feel energized after a good run, ready to take on the next challenge.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: I find inspiration from others who have sacrificed for the good of others or those who have overcome personal challenges and accomplished amazing goals.  I imagine that someone somewhere would give anything to walk on their own, even for just a few minutes.  That motivates me to get out there and do it!

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: The night before is usually pasta or pizza.  Morning of is coffee and a bagel with peanut butter. Post-race meals are important so I like a combination of carbs and protein to rebuild.  Burgers and a beer!

Q: What are your passions aside from running?

A: I’ve completed the NYC Triathlon the last 2 years and want to explore Ironman in the future.  I travel as much as I can, enjoy all of NYC’s great food options and always look forward to fall football.

Q&A with 2016 TCS NYC Marathon Runner, Mohammad Ali 'Qasim' Khan


Mohammad Ali 'Qasim' Khan, 27, will be running in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 6th. He gave us some insight into his bucket list, how he stays motivated, his favorite things about running, and more.

To help Qasim fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!  


How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

I first came across JA New York through a co-worker; the emphasis on delivering fundamental tools early in development was something that really resonated with me and is the primary reason I selected them as a sponsor for the NYC Marathon.

How did you first get into running?

I’ll be honest – I’m not really a runner. In fact, while I was quite active in sports growing up, if anything I had always disliked running for the sake of running. In spite of that, or perhaps because of, one of my bucket list items has been running a marathon. This is my first marathon, but in preparing for it, I think I've gained a far greater appreciation for the value of running in my life and it's something that I think I'll keep with me going forward.

How do you stay motivated to train?

I love taking challenges and obstacles and facing them head on. It is an opportunity to show what I'm made of and how much I've grown. Because I don't technically consider myself a "runner," I think I get a greater sense of satisfaction from each marginal improvement in my running.

How do you measure success as a runner?

The trick to running is to forget about the macro goals, labels, success or failures and just concentrate on the 3 feet front of you. My measure of success is simply being able to travel those next 3 feet - nothing more, nothing less.

What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

It’s a universal experience that helps build so many great values - discipline, strategy, freedom and ambition.

Who inspires you? What are your passions aside from running?

I have way too many inspirations to name, but suffice to say, I think it's very hard to go wrong by picking up a biography on an impactful historical figure. Reading is one of my strongest passions and audiobooks have allowed me to combine reading and running in a way that has changed my life. One book that really got me in the marathon mindset was Born to Run. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for a motivational spark.


Q&A with 2016 TCS New York City Marathon Runner, Joyjit Kundu

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Joyjit Kundu, 42, will be running in the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon with Team JA New York on Sunday, November 6th. He gave us some insight into his favorite marathon, what success means to him, his go-to pre-race meal, and more.

To help Joyjit fundraise for Team JA New York, click here!  



Q: How did you get involved with Team JA New York?

A: I heard about JA through my colleagues and JA is also our company's one of the preferred charity partners.

Like Junior Achievement, I want to make a better world for our young generation. So running NYC Marathon with JA New York was a natural choice. I hope I can help a few young people achieve their goals and win in life.

Q: How did you first get into running?

A: I have always loved sports but never seriously participated in any kind of sports as a kid. To this date, that has been the biggest regret in my life and wish I could go back in time and change that. I always had a passion for running. During the 2008 Summer Olympics, I finally got the courage to become an active runner, with the hopes of one day becoming a marathoner.

Q: How many marathons have you run? Which one has been your favorite?

A: Four. The very first marathon, The BOA Chicago Marathon 2015, is my favorite marathon so far. 

Q: How do you stay motivated to train?

A: I have a 13-year-old son who does competitive swimming. I see these kids practice non-stop for hours in the pool and how they get better over time. I want to be a better runner tomorrow than I am today, and I know the only way I can achieve this is by practicing and training hard regularly.

Q: How do you measure success as a runner?

A: Running has taught me to lead a better life and also to influence others to lead a better life, especially my family and friends. When people come and tell me that they are inspired by what I am doing, I feel like I have achieved my goals.

Q: Do you have any training tips for new marathon runners?

A: When it comes to marathons, endurance is everything. It’s not only about the first mile or the last mile; it’s about what you do in between. Those 24 miles will define you as a marathoner. Don’t get caught up with how fast others can run. Instead, always remember, “Your speed is the best speed.”

Q: How do you mentally prepare for a race?

A: Before every race, I set a goal for myself. For a full marathon I break into multiple segments like 5K, 10K, 15K, half split, and don’t think about the entire 26.2 miles in one go. Once I cross the 20-mile mark, I dedicate every mile of the next 6.2 miles to my family members and think about them.

Q: What do you find is the most rewarding thing about running?

A: The most rewarding thing about running is the “new you” – running has made me a better person, a better father and a better husband.

Q: Who inspires you?

A: My family inspires me to keep running and make me believe that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.

Q: What are your favorite pre- and post-marathon meals?

A: I normally prefer seafood pasta meals pre-marathon. Post-marathon I will eat whatever my wife cooks!!

Q: What are your passions aside from running?

A: Golf, traveling and lately hiking with my family.

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Student of the Year Reflections

Reflections from the 2015 Student of the Year, Nicole Oliveira

JA New York 2015 Student of the Year Nicole OliveiraNicole made the following speech during the JA New York Golf Classic at Westchester Country Club on June 20, 2016:

I was in my business teacher, Ms. Morones’, classroom. I remember refreshing my email for what seemed to be the 50th time that hour hoping that I would see a little number one pop up into the open tab.

So, I refreshed my page for an additional 50 or so times and my inbox was still empty. Ironically, I remember telling myself that I would click refresh one more time and if my inbox was still empty, I would step away from the computer for a few hours and check my email again later.

I remember running as fast as I have ever run to show my teacher the email that within a matter of seconds delivered some of the most important news I will may ever receive.

It was approximately this time last year, I received the news that I was selected as the 2015 Junior Achievement of New York Student of the Year.  It was also at around this same time that I had the privilege to present to an entire board of people whom at the time, I had yet to realize how passionate they were and still are about Junior Achievement.

In my presentation, I had quoted the 1989 film, Say Anything, and told the board members that day that I was looking for “A dare to be great situation.”

And I can confidently tell all of you today that this past year has been nothing but great, if not amazing...and priceless.

But before I tell you about how these last few months have helped me become an outspoken young woman and a confident leader, let me preface this by saying that I am someone who has always drawn inspiration from her surroundings.

I will admit that in writing this speech, pin pointing what I wanted to say, was difficult. In less than a week, I will graduate high school; and although it is a really momentous occasion, saying goodbye to something you love and something you learned so much from in such a small period of time, is bittersweet. And this is not to say that change is not good, it is, but it has been difficult to draw inspiration from my surroundings when I know that they are about to change so drastically.

Yet, in writing this speech I have realized that as cliche as this sounds, this is not a “goodbye” but a “see you soon” and you will definitely hear from me again.

Because for as long as I live, I will never forget what JA New York has taught me. Junior Achievement is SO much more than just financial literacy education. Junior Achievement accomplishes what a lot of traditional classrooms fail to do: make students think about their financial future.

And how all of their programs, from High School Heroes to Finance Park, can actually help them become independent young people who are compelled to give back to their community in the same way that all of the partners and volunteers currently involved in JA have been able to do for them.

How do I know all of this? Because you are looking at one of those students.

But I do speak for more than just myself when I say that at my school alone, I have experienced firsthand how empowering Junior Achievement has been for my classmates. At this year’s High School Heroes program alone, I cannot tell you how many students were eager to sign up; and how many of those students had never spoken to each other until that day.

Junior Achievement is more than just financial literacy education. It is a vehicle for fostering community and a support system for young adults, whom without the opportunity to teach elementary school students, may never have discover their passion for teaching.

The reality is, there is tremendous power in knowledge. And providing students with that knowledge, knowledge that they are actually hungry for, is something that you have all played a role in delivering.

Unfortunately, few students can actually learn what it takes to become financially self-sufficient from their parent or guardian, not for lack of wanting to help, but for lack of information. JA bridges that gap, and most students will actually be able to educate their parents as a result.

Last month, I was given an essay prompt in my English class and was asked to write about whether I believed that leadership was something we are born with or if it was something that could be learned. In retrospect, I think a better question would have been: How can people discover their leadership abilities?

Because I am a firm believer that we are all born leaders. We may not all be the CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies or Martin Luther King Jr., but we all have that same potential to one day become our personal equivalents to amazing leaders.

Statistically speaking, I, as a minority student raised by a single mother in one of the most expensive cities in the world, should not do very well in school, probably will not go to college, and if I did, it would be highly likely that I would not finish.

Statistically speaking, I should not be here right now having the honor to speak to all of you.

But I am.

And fortunately, I am not the first to do so and refuse to be the last because if there is anything JA has taught me, it is to use my voice and advocate for those who are not here right now, but have benefited and will continue to benefit from the guidance and mentorship JA has given them.

Because “statistically speaking,” the difference between the student I previously described and the one that is standing before you today is not necessarily that I am more intelligent or have worked harder than anyone of those students. It's that I have been privileged enough to meet some of the most compassionate and inspiring leaders I could have ever come across.

I look up to all of you and although I genuinely do not know what I ever did to be this fortunate, I can only hope that one day I am on the opposite side of this podium,  listening to another student whose life has been changed for the better because of this organization.

Throughout my life, there have been a few times where I can really say that despite our busy schedules, my mother and I have been able to take time for ourselves and feel proud for each other’s accomplishments.

The first being her graduation from college. And the second, this past November at the Junior Achievement Gala. I cannot describe to you how overwhelming yet so rewarding it was to see my mom feel so proud of me.

Moments like that are one of kind. I will never have that exact experience again and for that I am nothing but grateful to all of you for supporting students like me.

And before I let you all go, I would like to ask all of you to do one more thing for me.

When you get home tonight, I want each of you to take a good look in the mirror and remind yourself that every time you have given back and volunteered your time for a Junior Achievement student or anyone in your day to day life, you have helped make that person’s life that much better.

And that is an amazing accomplishment.

Thank you.

100 Million Reasons to Celebrate

On March 8, 2016, our parent organization, Junior Achievement USA, convened a gathering in New York City to host the annual President’s Volunteer Summit Awards and JA Gold Leadership Awards. At the event, some of JA New York’s valued corporate partners were recognized for their outstanding volunteer engagement efforts. These companies include Accenture; American Express; AT&T; Capital One; Citi; Deloitte; Ernst & Young LLP; FedEx; Goldman Sachs; HSBC Holdings and HSBC Bank USA; KPMG LLP; Mastercard; MetLife; PwC; and U.S. Bancorp.
In addition Leslie V. Godridge, Vice Chair at U.S. Bancorp, and Vice Chair and Chair of the Board Development Committee of the JA New York Board of Directors, was honored with the Gold Leadership Award, which is the highest award presented to an individual volunteer by JA USA.
Also at the ceremony, JA New York Student Ambassador, Keven Macareno, was recognized as Junior Achievement’s USA’s “100 millionth student” served since programming began back in 1919. Keven’s thoughtful remarks brought down the house as he recounted how a JA volunteer “saw something” in a shy young man several years ago, inspiring him to dream big. Truly, Keven credits JA volunteer mentors for transforming him into the optimistic and confident person he is today.
Read Keven’s terrific speech below:
“Good Evening,
My name is Keven Macareno and I am a senior at Brooklyn Preparatory High School. As I first entered high school I was determined to become an outstanding individual at my school, the problem was that this determination was not reflected in my personality.
I was a quiet, shy student who couldn’t even give a proper class presentation. I was unsure in my ability to succeed, because others doubted me. But that was the old me. As I stand here tonight, talking to you I can say Junior Achievement has shaped me into a leader; an outgoing, professional individual.
Junior Achievement worked its magic with me in an interesting way. The change that they had on me was truly unique. The environments they exposed me and introduced to me were what created the gradual change in me.
My freshmen year of high school, Junior Achievement gave me the opportunity to participate in the Business Plan Competition. I was provided with amazing volunteers from Digitas who helped my team and I throughout the process. However, they were more than just our business mentors to me – one of them became an important person in my life. This volunteer said something to me that sparked a change in who I was. I remember she told me, “You’re really reserved, yet I feel like you have a lot to say. I don’t know why but I see something powerful in you, a drive. You should share that in our next meeting.” Those words, stuck with me for the rest of the day and I couldn’t help but smile at the thought that someone saw the person I felt I was in the inside. And so the change began. I became more aware of what I had to do to accomplish my goals.
I started to actively participate in the programs offered by Junior Achievement such as the Business Plan Competition, High School heroes, and the Job shadows. Through these programs I was given the opportunity and motivation to grow as an individual. During my first job shadow to AT Kearney one of the volunteers told me, “If you want to achieve your goals, you must be smart and keep in touch with the right people” and from this my networking skills kicked in.
Every event I attended had something different to offer, the amazing volunteers although they were only in my life for a short period of time, had a big influence over how I began to perceive success.
Most importantly, the Junior Achievement volunteers motivated me to exceed my limits and develop the necessary business etiquette to succeed in a professional environment. The time that the Junior Achievement volunteers continuously dedicate to helping students truly has an impact on every single one, and I am proof of this. The volunteers have created what we know to be the Junior Achievement community; they provide a unique exposure to high school, middle school and elementary school students. I was one of the students who were impacted during middle school, through the Mobile Finance Park program.
I remember we were taught basic money management skills and facts about credit and debit cards, mortgage, rent, living expenses and so on. I remember going home that day to my mom and the first thing I told were was, “wow. When you said $20 dollars wasn’t enough money you were right!” and she laughed and said, “They really taught you a lot didn’t they?” And up until now I always have something to tell my mom after Junior Achievement events.
The advice I have received from volunteers is what allowed me to develop connections with my peers, presentation and public speaking skills – but most importantly – my self-confidence. I am finally able to tell myself that I am the person I was eager to become. These skills have become useful in various instances, but most specifically are reflected in my admittance to Brandeis University with a full four-year tuition scholarship.
The impact the volunteers have on the students goes beyond the day of the events. I think I speak for all of Junior Achievement when I say that without the dedication our volunteers, Junior Achievement wouldn’t be what it is today. You are the reason why students like the one I used to be, are able to become tomorrow’s leaders. We wouldn’t be celebrating, reaching 100 million students tonight or have had the opportunity to ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell. Junior Achievement is possible because of our volunteers, and we truly thank you for your contribution.”
-Keven Macareno

Introducing Orla Fitzsimons, Director of Hudson Valley Operations

Introducing JA New York’s Director of Hudson Valley Operations, Orla Fitzsimons 


JA New York has recently merged with JA of the Hudson Valley, expanding our delivery footprint to the four lower counties of the Hudson Valley – Putnam, Orange, Rockland and Westchester.  Our new Director of Hudson Valley Operations, Orla Fitzsimons, is no stranger to JA, on either side of the Atlantic!  We sat down with her to just after the merger to get her take on the opportunities that exist now that the two organizations are now one!

Q: How long have you been at Junior Achievement?

A: I started working for Junior Achievement Ireland in 2010 where I managed a $1.6M project which focused on Enterprise in Education.  I relocated to the US in 2011 and continued working with Junior Achievement in the Lower Hudson Valley region, where I have been ever since.

Q: What key Lower Hudson Valley school districts do you partner in?

A: Yonkers and Mount Vernon School District are currently the main areas of concentration but there are many districts in the region that we are currently working with. This number is expanding yearly.  If you are a school district interested in having JA in your schools please contact me.

Q: When people think “Hudson Valley” they think wealthy, is that really the case?  Do these kids need programs like JA?

A: All kids need Junior Achievement!  There are certainly pockets of affluence in the Lower Hudson Valley but there is a tremendous number of students living in the area that are facing extreme socio-economic barriers.  In fact, students in our two main delivery areas, Mt. Vernon and Yonkers, share many of the same demographics with the low to moderate income students that JA New York serves in the 5 Boroughs of NYC.

In the end, all children need to learn about their potential as individuals and JA programs help do this this with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and College and Career readiness

Q: What do you think will be the biggest challenge/opportunity with the merger?

A: I can only see opportunity.  The Lower Hudson Valley region will now have the support and resources of the main JA New York office.  We now have the ability to expand our student reach and really focus on developing corporate, community and school partnerships. It is an exciting time!

Q: Who are your major corporate partners, and do you need more?

A: We are very lucky to have the support of many large multinational and privately owned companies residing in the region, including PepsiCo, MasterCard, Atlas Air, KPMG and First Niagara. The skills-based volunteer opportunities we offer are very attractive to large companies looking to build teamwork and employee morale, and they enable companies to give back in a very tangible way.

We are continually developing new partnerships and I would love to hear from anyone who has a passion for educating the young people in the LHV in Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy and Work and Career Readiness.

Q: How can people help?

A: Get in contact ASAP – I would love to hear from any school, company or potential donor of human or financial resources and get them involved! You can reach me at ofitzsimons@jany.org or call the office at 914-524-9760 or my mobile at 845-213-0606.


Exceptional growth this year!

Junior Achievement USA is thrilled to share the successes of the the last year in the annual report. See our progress in the video below!


In Memorium

Peggy Fechtmann

Margaret J. "Peggy" Fechtmann

Vice Chair & Chair of the Audit Committee

Junior Achievement of New York mourns the passing of Margaret C. “Peggy” Fechtmann, Vice Chair of the Board of Junior Achievement of New York, member of the Executive Committee, and Chair of the Audit Committee.  An unflagging champion, loyal advocate and true friend to JA, Peggy served with great distinction on the Board since 2001.  Her thoughtful counsel, generosity and enthusiastic spirit will be missed.

In keeping with a longstanding history of generosity and affection for JA, Peggy’s wishes were that contributions be made in her memory to Junior Achievement of New York.  To make a gift in Peggy’s memory, please click here.

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