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JA Hosts Listening Sessions

Over the course of nine different listening sessions this spring, we were honored to speak with various stakeholders and community members who shared honestly about their perceptions of JA and experiences with the organization. It was encouraging to hear about our strengths and exciting to think about areas for improvement. We noticed many key themes surface throughout the sessions that Continue Reading...

Meet Sara Dziuk, our new President & CEO

What do you like to do when you are not working? I am married with three young children (Addie 8, Sully 6, and Ellie 1), so I live a full life outside of work. We are currently working through our Dziuk Summer of Fun list and find ourselves on outdoor adventures often. Lately, we have been geocaching. This has been Continue Reading...

Michelle Maryns Receives 2020 JA Impact Award

Michelle Maryns has been honored with the 2020 JA Impact Award for her outstanding support of youth entrepreneurs as JAUM’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. In this role, she mentored 20 students in the inaugural cohort of JA LaunchU, a program that equips high school students with the skills needed to launch their own business venture. By sharing her experience and Continue Reading...

2020 JAUM Aspiring Entrepreneur Competition

In response to COVID-19 guidelines, we re-imagined the 2020 Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest (JAUM) Company of the Year Competition to go virtual. On Monday, May 11, five student-led companies from four different schools participated in the 2020 JAUM Aspiring Entrepreneur Competition, a virtual event that prepares JA Company Program students for the JA USA National Student Leadership Summit Continue Reading...

New partnership helps families gain financial literacy skills

Last month, Junior Achievement opened its doors to families participating in Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN), a nonprofit that’s taking a proactive and preventive approach to the education opportunity gap. Our third floor experiential learning lab came to life with the sounds of excited children and parents arriving for a family event focused on financial literacy. Parents in the SPPN Continue Reading...

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