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JA BizTown Inspires Student to Become a Doctor

Ashlyn’s excitement was building more and more each day as the  JA BizTown visit came closer and closer—she was thrilled that she would be “Doctor No.1 at Kaiser.” On the day of the field trip, she made sure she packed her play medical kit and was ready for her busy day at the office. The expression on her face from just walking through the doors into her “hospital” was ecstatic. Jacqui...
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Horticulture Teaches More than Just How to Care for Plants

Ms. Curcio and Mr. Oliphant with sophomore Achiever Laguon Thompson who is preparing material for planters. Since 1999, Ann Curcio, a vocational specialist with the Bridgeport Board of Education, has changed lives through her work with the most challenged special-needs students in the city’s school system. Bernadine Venditto, president of Junior Achievement of Western...
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JA Financial Literacy No Snow Job

It is sometimes surprising for volunteers to realize how much material is retained by Junior Achievement students following a JA program. Often a student’s financial literacy is understood only as new concepts and vocabulary naturally work into a student’s daily activities. Tovah Lisky, marketing director at Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York , recently shared a humorous exchange...
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Jim Sweeny Honored by Princeton University

Hugh B. “Jim” Sweeny, Jr., with Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman Jim Sweeny-Princeton Alumnus Honoree Hugh B. “Jim” Sweeny, Jr. served Junior Achievement for more than 32 years, including many years as National Program Director. During his tenure, Sweeny managed and expanded the National Junior Achievers Conference (NAJAC) from 60 participants in 1948 to...
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1942-45: The War Years

The youth power was an asset which could be harnessed to the war effort. After all, JA had the skills, the tools, the machinery, the motivation, and the youth. All Junior Achievement had to do was match these assets up with the need. So JA companies "went to war" and produced many different parts according to specifications of local plants. In Chicago, the enterprising JA companies got a...
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