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Why JA? And Why Now?

2021 JA Teens & Personal Finance Survey

The 2021 JA Teens & Personal Finance survey looks at the Class of 2020, as well as those teens currently in school and making plans for the future.
 

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Why JA? And Why Now?

Why JA? And Why Now?

Economic Empowerment for a More Equitable and Just Tomorrow- Junior Achievement is committed to promoting a more equitable and just tomorrow for today's young people. This thought leadership piece explores the economic challenges facing Black and Latinx Americans and the role Junior Achievement can play in promoting economic mobility through education in light of these challenges.

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Why JA? And Why Now?

Why JA? And Why Now?

The economic impact of COVID-19, as well as transformational change promoting a more equitable and just society, is creating daunting challenges and unimaginable opportunities for Generation Z. This document covers many of the issues facing that nation, and Generation Z specifically, and how Junior Achievement can help the next generation overcome uncertainty and inequity.

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Ipsos/JA Alumni Report

Ipsos/JA Alumni Report

Ipsos, the world's third largest market research firm, has conducted this survey of Junior Achievement alumni in the United States. JA Alumni report the impact of Junior Achievement on their lives, including decisions related to education, career, and starting a business.

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JA Teens Survey: The Financial Impact of COVID-19

JA Teens Survey: The Financial Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a public health crisis, but it is also an economic one. Junior Achievement and Citizens Bank | Citizens One surveyed America's teens to understand their concerns related to the financial impact of COVID-19, not only on the country and world, but also on their familes.

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Making Sense: Work in the Time of COVID-19

Making Sense: Work in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has resulted in record job loss. What does this mean for the present and future of work? This Guide explores that question and more.

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Making Sense: The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Innovation

Making Sense: The Impact of COVID-19 on Business and Innovation

With COVID-19, many of our favorite businesses are closed. How are these businesses dealing with the economic downturn, and what are entrepreneurs doing to help in the fight against COVID-19?

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Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19

Making Sense: Understanding the Financial Impact of COVID-19

A Guide to how COVID-19 is affecting people and the economy and what it all means.
 

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The 2019 States of Entrepreneurship Report

The 2019 States of Entrepreneurship Report

How many states offer or even require entrepreneurship education programs? This report provides an informative overview.

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2018 Teens and College Savings

2018 Teens and College Savings

Teens may think they are ready for college, but are they prepared to pay for higher education? This JA Teens and College Savings survey explores how ready today's young people are to make one of the biggest investments of their lifetime.
 

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2018 JA Teens and Retirement

2018 JA Teens and Retirement

Today's 18-year-olds could start contributing to a 401K or Roth IRA with their first job, but many won't. This survey explores teens' knowledge and attitudes when it comes to saving for retirement.

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2018 Teens and Personal Finance

2018 Teens and Personal Finance

This survey of teens finds that only half of them plan to seek financial independence from their parents as adults! This, and other important insights, are available in this JA Teens and Personal Finance executive summary.

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