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Why JA: Graduation Rates and College Readiness

The Challenge

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the high school graduation rate hit a record high of 82 percent in the 2013-14 school year. Despite this positive news, the overall graduation rate is still off pace to achieve the GradNation campaign’s goal of 90 percent by 2020. The graduation rates of African-American and Hispanic students are also improving; however, they remain behind those of their white peers. Additionally, once graduating high school, only 59 percent of students enrolling in college complete a four-year degree within six years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

 

The Role of JA

The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people for success. JA does this by bringing volunteer role models from the community into the classroom to share their experiences with students and to facilitate JA’s proven programs. The programs, which cover financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, help students make the connection between what they learn in school and how it applies to their lives. The JA experience helps students better understand the importance of school as a means to becoming successful adults.

 

Proof of Impact

The JA experience has been shown to influence positive behavioral outcomes using scientifically valid evaluation. JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes in a way that results in students’ increased self-efficacy. This fosters selfbelief and sense of purpose which are necessary for students to overcome challenges that might otherwise prevent them from graduating high school or succeeding at higher education. A 2016-17 evaluation shows that JA Alumni have larger high school graduation rates and higher education completion rates than those of the general U.S. population. Simply said, Junior Achievement works.

JA Rising Women Luncheon Connects Milwaukee Students with Local Business Leaders

On Thursday, June 9, some of Milwaukee’s top female business leaders gathered at the JA Kohl’s Education Center for JA Rising Women – an event dedicated to empowering young women in business.

The morning started with a mentoring session with more than 20 Milwaukee-area high school students and female business leaders in the community. The mentoring sessions exposed the high school students to high-growth careers and a corporate environment, connected the youth with role models, and gave students the self-confidence and leadership skills they need to be successful in the workplace and community.

"The advice the women gave me was very influential and helpful," said one student. "I loved meeting such a diverse group of women – from different career backgrounds, interests, families, races – that was amazing!”

After the round-table discussions and interactive student-mentor activities, students and mentors were invited to join more than 100 other guests at the JA Rising Women program and luncheon. The program included the presentation of the JA Rising Women award to Dee Dee Pellegin, a key note address from Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore, and stories about JA impact from two JA scholarship recipients.

"It gives me great pleasure to see young people eager to strive for a quality of life that is meaningful," said Cecelia Gore. "I congratulate the rising women that are here today for being smart enough to take time out of your busy lives to interact with caring adults who want you to succeed."

It was an inspiring morning for both students and business leaders alike.

See a gallery of photos from the event. Watch a video honoring JA Rising Women award winner Dee Dee Pellegrin.

 

 

 

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Junior Achievement of Wisconsin awards more than $35,500 in scholarships

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, in partnership with the Junior Achievement Women's Association, is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's scholarships. More than $35,500 will be awarded to 14 students across the state of Wisconsin. Recipients are college and high school students who have participated in JA programming or have volunteered for JA.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipents!

 

Allison Raddant Shawano High School Student Volunteer
Alexander Reinke Milwaukee High School Student Volunteer
Robert Wenman Mosinee High School Student Volunteer
Andrew Bailey Appleton High School Student Participant
Brett Benning Cedarburg High School Student Participant
Adam Gergetz Jackson High School Student Participant
Natalie Hagenow Sussex High School Student Participant
Kathryn Kugel Shawano High School Student Participant
Stephanie Lo Milwaukee High School Student Participant
Justin Natzke Marathon High School Student Participant
Melissa Oxtoby Howards Grove High School Student Participant
John Metzinger Wausau/Eau Claire College Student Volunteer
Eli Miller Madison College Student Volunteer
Chineva Smith Milwaukee Schreyer Scholarship

 

Happy National Volunteer Week!

Happy National Volunteer Week to all of our wonderful Junior Achievement volunteers! Thanks to you, we are able to inspire more than 160,000 Wisconsin students each year to own their economic success. We couldn't to it without it. THANK YOU!

Are you interested in joining the ranks of these amazing volunteers? Learn more here.

JA Wisconsin hosts UWO Alumni Event

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On Wednesday, March 30, JA Wisconsin was proud to host more than 40 UW Oshkosh alumni at the JA Kohl's Education Center. UWO Chancellor Dr. Andrew Leavitt and UWO Director of Athletics Darryl Sims provided updates on the University, state budget discussions, athletics accomplishments, and more. It was their first visit to JA KEC, and when they entered JA BizTown they had the same excited faces as the JA 5th graders do.

Todd Teske, President, Chairman & CEO of Briggs & Stratton, JA Wisconsin Board Member, and UW Oshkosh alumnus, spoke about how his experiences at UW Oshkosh shaped his life.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a wodnerful event!

60 Organizations Honored by JA with U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

Junior Achievement USA® (JA) honored 60 organizations with the 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards. The organizations receiving the awards provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources during the 2014-2015 school year. The recipients were recognized at the evening awards ceremony as part of the JA Volunteer Summit presented by the American Express Foundation on March 8th in New York City in conjunction with JA's quarterly National Board of Directors meeting.

President George W. Bush established the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. In 2006, Junior Achievement became an official certifying organization for this award, which recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

"Junior Achievement volunteers are important mentors for young people, bringing our programs to life. Each year, more than 200,000 JA volunteers share their experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs, teaching them how to manage their money, succeed in the workforce, or start a business that creates jobs and grows the economy," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "The recipients of the President's Volunteer Service Awards are leaders in this effort and critical to helping JA inspire and prepare young people for success."

The following organizations are recipients of the 2014-2015 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards, as determined by Junior Achievement USA:

Gold Award Recipients (15,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

  • Accenture
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • BBVA Compass
  • Capital One
  • Citi
  • Deloitte
  • Destination & Travel Foundation
  • ExxonMobil
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Financial Services Roundtable
  • GE
  • HSBC Bank USA, N.A. and HSBC Holdings plc
  • KPMG LLP
  • PwC
  • U.S. Bancorp
  • Walt Disney World
  • Wells Fargo
   

Silver Award Recipients (10,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Broward College
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • LyondellBasell Industries
  • Regions Bank
  • Starbucks
  • SunTrust Banks, Inc.
  • University of Central Florida
  • UPS
  • Woodforest National Bank
   

Bronze Award Recipients (5,000 Volunteer Hours or More)

  • American Express
  • AXA Group
  • Bechtel
  • BP
  • Burnett Specialists
  • Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Deere & Company
  • The Dow Chemical Company
  • FedEx
  • General Motors
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Halliburton
  • Jackson
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • MassMutual Financial Group
  • MasterCard Worldwide
  • MetLife
  • Microsoft
  • MUFG Union Bank
  • NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Robert Morris University - Illinois
  • SAP America
  • Schlumberger
  • State Farm
  • Technip USA
  • Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
  • University of Southern California
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Walmart & Sam's Club

 

Miss Black Wisconsin USA 2016 Volunteers in JA BizTown

On Friday, January 8, Brittani Alston, Miss Black Wisconsin USA 2016 volunteered in JA BizTown. The Miss Black USA Pageant celebrates scholastic achievement and believes that education is the key to lifelong success and empowerment. "Volunteering at JA BizTown was an awesome opportunity because the children had so much fun but also learned a ton of life lessons. Part of my platform as Miss Black Wisconsin USA 2016 is to promote entrepreneurship for students, and to help them realize their part in supporting the economy. Junior Achievement aligns with those goals perfectly and is making a huge impact in the lives of the students involved," said Brittani. Thanks to Brittani for volunteering her time to help empower Wisconsin's youth!

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