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Crafting a Comprehensive Business Plan
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Entrepreneurship

In the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, a well-thought-out business plan serves as the cornerstone for success. Whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or a budding business enthusiast, the importance of a meticulously crafted business plan cannot be...

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JASWNE Chosen as Finalist for Big Ideas Bright Cities Challenge

 By Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Community Involvement

We are thrilled to celebrate this recognition of our collaborative efforts with schools, businesses, governments, and community organizations to equip young people with skills for a boundless future and to tackle some of Greater Hartford’s biggest...

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Navigating a "Blue Christmas"
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

It's that time of year again, where the holiday season is upon us. However, for many teenagers, it seems that a "Blue Christmas" might be in store. According to our recent survey conducted by the research firm Big Village, over half of teens report that rising prices have had a significant impact on the number and types of gifts they've received during the holidays in recent...

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Take Off with Junior Achievement and JA Launch Lesson
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Entrepreneurship

Junior Achievement and our learning experience JA Launch Lesson play a pivotal role in shaping the entrepreneurs of tomorrow. We provide the education, mentorship, and real-world experience needed to thrive in the ever-evolving business...

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Empowering the Future: Junior Achievement and Financial Planning
Blog from JA USA

 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
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Entrepreneurship

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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Colene Ceniglio – An Inspiring Educator & JA Partner

 By Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Community Involvement

In 2016, Colene Ceniglio was working as a math teacher at one of the two high schools in Enfield, Connecticut, when the town decided to consolidate its students into one town-wide school. With the merger and a much larger student body to serve under one roof, Colene transitioned into her current role of Secondary Career Counselor and the fulfilling work of preparing students for prosperous...

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JA Poised to Partner with Educators for Connecticut Financial Literacy Requirement

 By Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Financial Literacy

Earlier this year, Connecticut’s General Assemly passed a new law that took effect on July 1, 2023, requiring high school students beginning with this year’s freshman class, to complete a half-credit course in personal financial management and financial literacy to be eligible for graduation.

In our view, the new Connecticut law provides an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen the personal...

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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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