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Junior Achievement to Host Round Table Discussing the Social and Emotional Impact of COVID-19 on Students and Educators

Discussing the challenges faced and how the community can best support students and educators

Hartford, CT – Junior Achievement of Southwest New England (JA) is proud to announce the return of JA Responds, a series of round table discussions aimed at engaging local voices in problem-solving and thought leadership. On March 10 at 12:00 p.m. E.T., Junior Achievement will explore the social and emotional impact of COVID-19 on students and educators.

As the world approaches the second anniversary of the pandemic, Junior Achievement remains focused on the wellbeing of the students and educators we serve in Connecticut. Everyone involved in education from pre-school through college continues to be directly impacted by variants of the virus and its chokehold on normalcy. From the start of the pandemic, JA has remained flexible and has continued to innovate to minimize disruptions in JA programming for our students across the state.  

“The pandemic spawned a great deal of reflection and caused us to redouble our commitment to finding ways to further deepen the impact JA has on the students we serve,” said Jeremy Race, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, “We made it a priority to establish JA as a solution provider, not just a program provider. JA Responds is a community call to action to address big issues and find solutions together.” 

Junior Achievement seeks a better understanding of how the community can best support students’ emotional well-being during this difficult time.

The discussion will be moderated by Brad Drazen, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and joined by panelists Melissa Santos, PhD, Division Head, Pediatric Psychology, Connecticut Children’s, Dr. Fallon Daniels, Executive Director of Post-Secondary Success and Alternative Programming, Hartford Public Schools, and Brenton Coates, Enfield High School Student.

Learn more and register here.

About Junior Achievement of Southwest New England

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in over 100 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Visit


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