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Empowering the Future: Junior Achievement and Financial Planning
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 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a vital skill that everyone should acquire, but it's often overlooked in traditional education. JA recognizes this gap and steps in to provide students with hands-on learning experiences. These experiences range from budgeting, saving, and investing to understanding credit and debt, enabling young people to develop a strong foundation in personal...

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Empowering Tomorrow’s Female Business Leaders
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 By Kelsey Matzinger


Junior Achievement serves as a beacon of hope for aspiring women entrepreneurs, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and inspiration to succeed in the world of business. By fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, encouraging risk-taking, and exposing young women to female role models, JA empowers the next generation of female business leaders. The impact of JA on women entrepreneurs is...

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Empowering Middle Schoolers: Junior Achievement and the Solution to Financial Literacy
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is a crucial skill that middle schoolers need to navigate the complexities of the modern world. Junior Achievement serves as an effective solution by providing tailored financial education programs that empower young individuals. Through our programs, volunteer mentors, hands-on learning experiences, and career exploration initiatives, we equip middle schoolers with the...

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Building a Bright Future
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

The pursuit of higher education has long been heralded as a gateway to a brighter future, providing individuals with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities needed to achieve their dreams. However, the rising costs of college education have made it increasingly challenging for families and students to access this particular path to...

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JA Finance Park Volunteer Opportunities!

 By Richard TeKippe

Financial Literacy

Bring your company for a day of volunteering in JA Finance...

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Revolutionizing Resumes
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Long are the days of sitting behind a computer screen for hours on end trying to put into words your accomplishments and what you’ve done in your job and career. The arrival of the digital age has not only transformed the way we live and work but has also revolutionized how we present ourselves to potential employers. In this era of constant change, the convergence of two significant phenomena,...

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For Impact Friday's

 By Janelle Menz

Community Involvement

Non-profit is just our tax code, not our focus! We are FOR IMPACT focused and look forward to sharing how and why JA Central Iowa is still around after 55 years!...

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Harnessing the Power of Generational Diversity
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

The world of work is in a constant state of flux, driven by technological advancements, changing economic landscapes, and evolving societal norms. In this dynamic environment, the importance of work and career readiness has never been more pronounced. Organizations like Junior Achievement (JA) play a pivotal role in preparing the next generation for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead....

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Empowering the Future
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Corporate Responsibility

In a world often consumed by its relentless pace and individual pursuits, there exists a unique breed of organizations that stand as beacons of hope, dedicated to serving the greater good and fostering positive change. National Non-Profit Day, celebrated on August 17th, serves as an annual reminder to acknowledge and celebrate the invaluable contributions made by non-profit organizations in...

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Mercer Donates Art Auction Proceeds to Junior Achievement of Central Iowa

 By Gavin Dineen

Corporate Responsibility

Mercer's Urbandale, Iowa location recently underwent renovations to their office space. Following these changes, Mercer found themselves with an abundance of historic art pieces seeking new homes. Mercer decided to hold a silent auction event for their employees. These art pieces raised nearly $7,000. The proceeds were donated to Junior Achievement of Central...

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