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Local Junior Achievement Finalist for Worldwide Alumni Engagement Award

 Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021

“Junior Achievement gave me the key to a world I knew nothing about,” in a video released earlier this year, JA alum turned volunteer, AJ Daley recounts the impact Junior Achievement (JA) has had on him and the power it has to impact so many children in Connecticut....

First Annual “Manufacturing Exploration Day” Connects High School Students with Employees at Leading Connecticut Companies

 Tuesday, 29 Jun 2021

Junior Achievement Goes Virtual to Showcase Manufacturing Careers Nearly 250 Connecticut high school students, attending Pathways Academy of Technology and Design in East Hartford, Somers High School and Hamden High School, recently participated in Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s first annual Manufacturing Exploration Day, hearing directly from employees of some of Connecticut’s leading manufacturing companies in a variety of industries....

Connecticut Business Leaders to be Inducted into Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame at Virtual Event

 Thursday, 25 Feb 2021

April 8 Event Honors Leaders from Hartford and New Haven Regions: Greg Barats, Yvette Melendez, Anthony Scillia, Don Shaw Jr., Donna Lecky, Sri Muthu and Michael R. Taylor Earn Recognition...

Junior Achievement and the National African American Insurance Association Announce Partnership

 Friday, 20 Nov 2020

Initiative to Promote Volunteerism and Collaboration around Career and Financial Literacy Education...

Junior Achievement to Move Student Programming Online this Fall

 Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020

Junior Achievement to Move Student Programming Online this Fall. Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness Curriculum aided – as always - by Local Volunteers....

Junior Achievement Partners with ReadyCT Creates a Brighter Future for Class of 2020 Graduates

 Thursday, 13 Aug 2020

This exciting partnership has been developed specifically for high school Class of 2020 students who had difficulty accessing help from school counselors and mentors in making important college and career decisions when schools were closed in March due to COVID-19. Many diplomas were handed out without a clear plan of what comes next....

Greater Hartford Students Earn Scholarships from Junior Achievement

 Monday, 13 Jul 2020

Greater Hartford Students Earn Scholarships from Junior Achievement. Awards will support students’ advance to college this Fall....

Students in Hartford Region Collaborate to Successfully Launch New Business Ventures in Midst of Pandemic

 Tuesday, 07 Jul 2020

Students in Hartford Region Collaborate to Successfully Launch New Business Ventures in Midst of Pandemic. Junior Achievement, Local Corporations Mentor Students as They Respond to Challenges....

Connecticut Youth Encouraged to Explore Challenges & Opportunities of Launching Their Own Business

 Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

Junior Achievement’s Entrepreneurship Programs for High School Students Highlighted During National Entrepreneurship Week (Feb 15-22)...

New Haven Business Leaders to be Inducted into Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame

 Friday, 07 Feb 2020

March 5 Event Honors Thomas Beirne, Kevin Myatt, Marta Moret and Gateway Community College...

Junior Achievement Earns Grant from Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation

 Friday, 07 Feb 2020

Grant will Extent Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, Workforce Readiness Programs for Students throughout the Region...

Junior Achievement Announces Plans to Operate Jr. Apprentice Program

 Thursday, 12 Dec 2019

Program Had Been Discontinued by Hartford Consortium for Higher Education...

Junior Achievement Partners with University of Hartford for Hawk Nation Education Day

 Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

Local Students – from Elementary School through High School – to Learn About College Life, Financial Literacy...

Enfield High School Students Participate in Junior Achievement’s Job Shadow Program at Microsoft

 Friday, 08 Nov 2019

Local Students Learn About Technology and Potential Careers...

Community Comes Together for Junior Achievement Partners in Achievement Breakfast

 Monday, 28 Oct 2019

10th Annual Event Highlights Impact of Economic Development Programs on New Haven Area Students...

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Receives National Honor for Top Performance

 Sunday, 24 Feb 2019

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England has been awarded one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest honors: the Five Star Award....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Celebrates Financial Literacy in New Haven

 Monday, 12 Nov 2018

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England (JA) is celebrating financial literacy in New Haven. This comes in partnership with Alderman Wingate, Chair of the Youth Services Committee and Tyisha Walker-Myers, President of the New Haven Board of Alders....

Junior Achievement partners with the New Haven Manufacturing Association to introduce manufacturing careers to students

 Thursday, 18 Oct 2018

Fifth and sixth grade students from Lincoln Bassett School in New Haven will attend Albertus Magnus College for a day to learn about manufacturing in Connecticut...

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Announces Matt Cambi as Chair of Board of Directors

 Friday, 05 Oct 2018

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England (JA) appointed new Chairman of the Board Matthew Cambi, Principal at PwC, to a two-year term....

Edible Arrangements® Executive Brings Junior Achievement Program to Dunbar Hill School in Hamden

 Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018

A former student of Dunbar Hill School in Hamden, now an executive at Edible Arrangements corporate headquarters, will return to the school next month with over 20 volunteers to provide the school’s first-in-a-decade Junior Achievement (JA) program....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Receives $28,182 as Part of $142,250 National Grant from People’s United Community Foundation

 Wednesday, 28 Feb 2018

The funds promote financial literacy and career readiness amongst students in six states that align with footprint of People’s United Bank, including: Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine....

Junior Achievement Of Southwest New England Appoints Somia Farid From Edible Arrangements To New Haven Advisory Board

 Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018

Somia Farid, the eldest daughter of Tariq Farid, the founder & CEO of Edible Arrangements, graduated from Babson College with a BS in business administration with concentrations in strategic management and analytics....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Receives National Award For Top Performance

 Wednesday, 07 Feb 2018

The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand....

Junior Achievement Launches JA Pathways to Careers Program with Berlin High School

 Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018

A new initiative spearheaded by Junior Achievement of Southwest New England in partnership with Chris Edge, the Director of Economic Development for Berlin, CT, and Berlin High School, JA Pathways to Careers lays the foundations for career success....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England hosts 14th Annual Hartford Partners in Achievement Breakfast

 Tuesday, 23 May 2017

During the first part of the breakfast, guests are welcome to network with other business and community leaders....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Works with Pratt & Whitney to Make the JA Entrepreneurial Academy a Reality

 Thursday, 04 May 2017

The after school program teaches students firsthand about manufacturing and entrepreneurship, to better prepare them to join the workforce and perhaps plan their own companies with this insider knowledge....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Hosts 37th Annual Business Hall of Fame in Hartford

 Monday, 24 Apr 2017

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England held its 37th annual Business Hall of Fame at the Hilton Hartford on April 13th, honoring four individuals and one corporation....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Announces Five New Board Members

 Friday, 21 Apr 2017

New members include; Jay Buth, VP, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Eversource Energy; Pamela Carpenter, COO, National Accounts at Travelers; Dawne E. Ware, Finance and Operations Executive; Sue Rapini, Executive VP, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Ada Myteberi, Area Retail Leader V.P, Key Bank....

JA Career Connections for Young Women-Inspiring Young Women to Plan for Successful Careers and Financial Independence

 Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017

March 2017 marked the third consecutive year Junior Achievement of Southwest New England has partnered with the Junior League of Hartford to implement the highly impactful and rewarding, JA Career Connections for Young Women program....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s held 37th Annual New Haven Business Hall of Fame

 Friday, 31 Mar 2017

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England held its 37th annual New Haven Business Hall of Fame at the New Haven Lawn Club on March 11, honoring three individuals and one corporation....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Employees Volunteer and Donate Goods to Freshplace Food Pantry in Hartford

 Monday, 20 Mar 2017

JA decided on donating canned goods and their time to Freshplace, whose goals are to address the root causes of hunger and increase food security and self-sufficiency of low-income households....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Receives National Honor For Top Performance In 2017

 Wednesday, 01 Feb 2017

The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency and through strong representation of the JA brand....

South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority’s CEO, Larry Bingaman Named As Laureate For Junior Achievement’s New Haven Hall of Fame

 Monday, 23 Jan 2017

Mr. Bingaman has led the RWA through many financial and operational successes, including the development of the company’s first integrated five- year strategic plan, the achievement of the highest bond rating in the Authority’s history and the establishment of new operating and productivity initiatives that have saved customers millions of dollars annually....

Junior Achievement Presents Scholarship Opportunities to High School Students

 Thursday, 12 Jan 2017

JA’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success through JA’s three pillars: financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship....

Yale Young Global Scholars, Junior Achievement Announce Partnership to Provide Scholarship to Rigorous Academic Summer Program

 Thursday, 05 Jan 2017

Yale Young Global Scholars and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England (JA) have established a partnership that aims to provide a full-tuition scholarship to a student who has participated in Junior Achievement in high school and is accepted to then 2017 Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS)....

Students Participate in Junior Achievement’s JA Be Entrepreneurial Challenge at The Hartford

 Thursday, 22 Dec 2016

A total of 86 students from three area high schools learned the fundamentals of starting a business by participating in JA Be Entrepreneurial Challenge held at The Hartford, Windsor campus on December 8 ....

University of Hartford’s Greek Life Members Continue Their Volunteer Support For Junior Achievement

 Thursday, 17 Nov 2016

Over 40 UHart Greek life members will be teaching JA curriculum in 18 classrooms, Kindergarten through 5th grade....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Welcomes New Director of Education, Mario Chiappetti

 Monday, 14 Nov 2016

Mr. Chiappetti, a resident of Simsbury, has extensive experience in the insurance industry, most recently as the Senior Vice President of SPARTA Insurance and before that held various senior roles at Everest National Insurance Company, Arch Insurance Group and Chubb Specialty Insurance....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Hosts 7th Annual New Haven Partners in Achievement Breakfast

 Friday, 11 Nov 2016

During the first part of the breakfast, guests are welcome to network with other business and community leaders. Next, guests will get to hear firsthand from students, educators and volunteers from local schools who have all experienced JA programs in the New Haven region....

Junior Achievement and Prudential Join Forces To Bring Job Shadow To Hartford High School Students

 Friday, 14 Oct 2016

The job shadow will take place at Prudential’s site in Downtown Hartford, where the students will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of employees about their career paths....

President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England Named Millennial Move Maker

 Tuesday, 11 Oct 2016

Jeremy Race, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, has been selected as a “Millennial Move Maker” in the Greater New Haven area....

Junior Achievement’s Career Connections For Young Women Program To Begin In December

 Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016

JA Career Connections for Young Women is set to begin on December 14th with all sessions being led by volunteers from various businesses, and the community, including members of the Junior League....

Junior Achievement's Day Of Service With The Hartford At High School Inc.

 Thursday, 22 Sep 2016

The Hartford observed the anniversary of 9/11 by taking part in the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Friday, September 11, 2011....

Back To School With Junior Achievement

 Friday, 09 Sep 2016

Students all around Connecticut are heading back to school, as is Junior Achievement of Southwest New England with a record-breaking goal of reaching 41,000 students....

Junior Achievement of Southwest New England's Retired President, Louis Golden Wins Admired National Leadership Award

 Thursday, 01 Sep 2016

The annual accolade is given to a JA Area president, who demonstrates superior results in growth and development of Junior Achievement....

JA Global Connection

 Friday, 29 Jul 2016

This August 3rd to August 15th, fourteen students from Lyman Hall and Mark T. Sheehan High School in Wallingford and one student from Cheshire High School are heading to China to participate in a landmark Junior Achievement international exchange program, JA Global Connection, sponsored by United Technologies Corporation....

Announcing JASWNE's new President & CEO

 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2016

Jeremy D. Race, currently chief operating officer of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, has been selected to serve as the organization’s next president and CEO....

Special Announcement From Our President

 Tuesday, 22 Dec 2015

Since I became president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England nearly 14 years ago, our organization has enjoyed great support from educators, funders and volunteers. Thank you for all that you have done for JA!...

JA Students Meet Warren Buffett

 Friday, 11 Dec 2015

Mr. Buffett was on hand to celebrate the opening in New Haven, Conn., of the newest Jordan’s Furniture store, a company owned by Mr. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Co....

Yale Young Global Scholars and JA Partner

 Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015

Yale Young Global Scholars and Junior Achievement of Southwest New England have established a partnership to provide a full-tuition scholarship to a student who has participated in Junior Achievement in high school and is accepted into next summer’s Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS)....

Former Board Member's Legacy To JA

 Thursday, 08 Oct 2015

In the spring of 2015, Junior Achievement’s development office received a call from Mark Young, nephew of Harold P. Higgins. Mark informed us that Harold P. Higgins, a dedicated JA volunteer and board president of the former JA of Southeastern CT, had recently passed away leaving a very generous gift to JA....

American Entrepreneurship and Summer Fun

 Thursday, 20 Aug 2015

After a fantastic kick off, JA Global Connection continued on Tuesday, August 18th, with a trip to the oldest college in Connecticut, Yale University....

Welcome, Trade & Teamwork

 Wednesday, 12 Aug 2015

Those were the topics covered on the first two days of the 2015 JA Global Connection program. After a welcome dinner at the JA Education Center on Sunday, the students checked into their hotel and rested up for the official start....

2015 JA Global Connection About To Kick Off

 Friday, 07 Aug 2015

Twenty high school students from Shanghai, China, and 16 high school students from Connecticut will participate in a landmark Junior Achievement (JA) international exchange program, JA Global Connection, sponsored by United Technologies Corporation....

Thank You For An Incredible Year!

 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015

JA ended its fiscal year with outstanding results -- we reached roughly 34,500 students and raised more than $2 million for the second year in a row....

JA's PowerUP at NSLS

 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015

Congratulations to "PowerUp," which was one of 15 JA student companies from around the country selected to participate in the JA National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) in Washington, D.C., in June....

JA's Eventful Spring

 Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015

Thanks to the leadership and support of the dedicated event committee members and corporate sponsors, this year’s spring events realized near sellout crowds and collectively raised over $550,000 in support of JA programs....

PowerUp Goes To Washington

 Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015

Connecticut JA students have arrived in Washington, D.C. for the Junior Achievement National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS)!...

JA Goes To China

 Monday, 28 Jul 2014

The 20 students from Lyman Hall and Sheehan high schools will be spending a week at Fudan University in Shanghai – including visits to United Technologies, the sponsor for the program - and sightseeing in Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an....

JLH Teams Up With JA

 Monday, 02 Jun 2014

JA is now working with the Junior League of Hartford (JLH) on a new project that focuses on empowering young women to learn about careers, develop professional goals, and become more financially responsible....

JA Academies Come To Life

 Tuesday, 20 May 2014

After last year's success with the pilot of the JA Entrepreneurial Academy, we expanded the program to include an academy with support from Stanley Black & Decker as well as another academy with support from The Hartford....

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