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Celebrating 65 Years!

 By Cord Bailey

Community Involvement

For 65 years, Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JA) has empowered youth with essential skills for success in the ever-evolving world of business and...

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Stemming the STEM Decline
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers have long been hailed as the anchor of innovation and economic progress. However, despite the critical role they play in shaping the future, there's a concerning trend in the declining interest among students, particularly in non-medical STEM...

Partner Spotlight - Trane Technologies

Trane Technologies

 By Cord Bailey

Corporate Responsibility

In our latest Partner Spotlight, we are excited to feature Trane Technologies, an invaluable supporter and collaborator in our mission to inspire and prepare the next generation of...

Great Falls High School Hero at Work

Passing the Torch: JA High School Heroes Igniting a Flame of Leadership

 By Cord Bailey

Community Involvement

Step into Great Falls High School, where regular teens are turning into amazing leaders through a special program. It's called JA High School Heroes, and it's making a big impact. These students are more than just classmates; they're like superheroes, sharing important skills with younger...

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A Generation Deferred?
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Financial Literacy

Every generation faces its unique set of challenges and hurdles on the path to economic stability and personal fulfillment. From the Greatest Generation's resilience through the Great Depression and World War II to Millennials weathering the storm of 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, each cohort navigates its own economic landscape. Today, as Generation Z comes of age, they confront a world...

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Dream Jobs vs. Fulfilling Jobs
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Work Readiness

In the pursuit of career success and happiness, the concept of dream jobs often takes center stage for young individuals. Many of them hold on to the thought of landing their dream job, one that aligns seamlessly with their passions and interests. However, a closer look at the professional landscape reveals that dream jobs might not be as prevalent or feasible as commonly...

A young girl shooting a basketball.

Help Young Entrepreneurs Shoot for Success
Blog from JA USA

 By Beth Beene

Entrepreneurship

Empowering the potential of young entrepreneurs is not just about individual success; it's about shaping a future where innovation is the norm, economies are resilient, and dreams are transformed into...

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Student Wins Trip to Rose Parade

 By Cord Bailey

Community Involvement

Zachary McCarter, a Junior Achievement (JA) student from Belmont was one of two JA students from across the United States selected to help decorate The UPS Store float at this year’s Rose...

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Because of JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

Have you ever considered the transformative power a single educational experience can have on shaping the trajectory of a student's entire life? Canisha, a distinguished Junior Achievement alumna, serves as a powerful testament to the profound impact of our organization on young...

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The Power of Volunteerism
Blog from JA USA

 By Kelsey Matzinger

Community Involvement

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, let us embrace the opportunity to make resolutions that transcend personal boundaries and contribute to a brighter future for all. With our commitment to empowering the next generation, we can provide a pathway for individuals to turn their aspirations into...



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