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2018-2019 Annual Impact Report

2018-2019 JA of Wisconsin Annual Impact ReportThe 2018-2019 Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Annual Impact Report is now available!

View it online here.

JA Documentary Now Available to View Online

If you were unable to watch the JA documentary on Wisconsin Public Television last week, you can watch it online now at https://www.pbs.org/show/made-possible-business-junior-achievement/


JA Documentary to Air on Wisconsin Public Television

Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achievement will air on Wisconsin Public Television’s, The Wisconsin Channel at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 22. Shot in various American cities, the documentary shares the story of Junior Achievement (JA), which marks its centennial this year.
JA circa 1920sNarrated by Junior Achievement alumna, Juju Chang, journalist for ABC News and Nightline anchor, Made Possible explores the history of Junior Achievement’s first 100 years. JA was founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Horace Moses (Founder, Strathmore Paper), Theodore Vail (Chairman, AT&T), and Murray Crane (U.S. Senator, Massachusetts). Today, Junior Achievement is a multinational organization, annually reaching more than 100 million students in 100 countries.
Made Possible: The Business of Junior Achivement offers compelling stories and interviews detailing how JA has impacted young people through lessons of financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. Interviewees include renowned JA alumni, including CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, and Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank personality, Mark Cuban. The film also documents the challenges JA has faced over the past hundred years — including surviving the Great Depression, World War II, and the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
It will air on WPT's The Wisconsin Channel. View the WPT schedule here: https://wptschedule.org/episodes/48734806/Made-Possible-The-Business-of-Junior-Achievement/

If your TV provider does not offer this station, you can download the FREE WPT and PBS app on your mobile device or providers like Apple TV or Roku at https://wpt4.org/how-to-watch-wpt-and-pbs-shows-on-any-device-at-home-or-on-the-go/.

Junior Achievement Subscription Tuition Program with the National University System

National University System (NUS), a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students, is offering Junior Achievement employees, teachers and volunteers a deeply discounted tuition rate to complete an Associate’s, Bachelor's or Master’s degree.

To view applicable schools and programs, the application / admissions process and other information, click here: NUS JA Tuition Program.

What is the subscription tuition?

  • Tuition is $4,999 per year for unlimited courses. This is 65% - 75% less than the usual tuition. This does not cover books or other fees.
  • Payment arrangements vary based on the school you choose to attend.
  • Financial assistance is available through National University System.
  • Advisors are available through NUS to assist you in selecting the right program and university or discussing payment processes.

Who is eligible?

  • Active full-time or part-time employees of JA Areas or Junior Achievement USA.
  • Actively engaged teachers or volunteers of JA Areas. To be considered actively engaged a teacher must host a JA class in the current school year or, if enrolling in the summer, in the most recent school year. To be considered actively engaged a volunteer must have taught a JA class or be signed up to teach a class or after school program in the current school year or, if enrolling in the summer, in the most recent school year.
  • Employees, teachers and volunteers must meet the eligibility requirements throughout the degree program. NUS may request annual verification of eligibility. If someone is in the degree program but no longer eligible for the discounted tuition, he or she may continue their program with NUS at the regular tuition rate.
  • A verification form will be available on the NUS dedicated website for Junior Achievement employees, volunteers and teachers which much be completed by the local JA Area office or JA USA to complete the admissions process. The individual applying with NUS is responsible for downloading the form and sending it to the JA Area for completion.

For questions related to the programs or tuition see the NUS website

For eligibiliy questions, contact your JA representative.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Receives $733,000 from Funds and Foundations within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

These Grants Will Support the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center, a Partnership of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has received $733,000 in grants from funds and foundations within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to support the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center (“Center”), a partnership of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College.

These include: The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund, Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund, The Boldt Company, Bright Idea Fund, William Siekman Junior Achievement Fund, Doug & Carla Salmon Foundation, Professional Plating, Inc. Charitable Fund (within the Brillion Family of Funds), and an anonymous fund.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin with Fox Valley Technical College (“FVTC”) launched a $2,715,250 campaign in May 2018 to support the creation of the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center located on the FVTC Appleton campus.

Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin said, “The generosity of donors in Northeast Wisconsin is extraordinary. We are truly grateful for the vision and commitment of these donors who choose to charitably benefit our students through the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.”

“From my perspective, the Center is not a win, not a double win, but an exponential win for this region - a worthy project for Northeast Wisconsin,” said Dr. Susan May, President and CEO of FVTC.

Cathie Tierney, President-CEO of Community First Credit Union, the Center’s lead investor said, “This is an investment in our children’s future for years to come. An investment that will ensure they will be better equipped to manage their money, experience budgeting in a safe environment, explore career options and see opportunities that entrepreneurship can hold.”

The Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center will open to the public in January 2020, with a goal of reaching more than 15,000 Northeast Wisconsin students each year. The Center is a “hands-on, minds-on” experiential learning facility, representing Northeast Wisconsin’s communities and economy. The Center’s programming will integrate FVTC’s Career Exploration program with Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® programs. Through classroom instruction, relevant hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated economy, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.

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