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PNC Foundation Partnership

PNC FOUNDATION AWARDS $372,000 IN GRANTS TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT NORTH, YMCA OF THE NORTH The PNC Foundation announced that it has awarded $372,000 in grants over three years to YMCA of the North and Junior Achievement North to support early education programs, career pathways for early childhood educators, and an entrepreneurship student cohort in Black communities. The grants will support Continue Reading...
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Community Report

During the summer of 2020, Junior Achievement made a commitment to the community to use our resources to affect lasting change and work alongside our students, volunteers, and partners to equitably provide opportunities to all students across our entire region.   Since this is collective work, we wanted to report back to the community on our priorities. This is a Continue Reading...
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2021 JA North Hall of Fame Laureates

In early September, Junior Achievement North (JA North) honored five new Hall of Fame Laureates at an intimate ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center on campus at the University of Minnesota. We are pleased to welcome Dorothy Bridges, Beth Ford, Ben Fowke, Jeff Gau, and Ron James as 2021 JA North Hall of Fame Laureates. This tremendous group has had an Continue Reading...
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Sara Dziuk, President & CEO

Sara Dziuk has served as President and CEO of Junior Achievement since June 2020. In her role, Sara works closely with the JA Board of Directors to set the strategy for the multi-state education organization. Under Sara’s leadership, the talented Junior Achievement team partners with business and community volunteers to deliver innovative and relevant programs to thousands of students across Continue Reading...
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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...
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Junior Achievement Career Fair Impacts 22,000 Students!

While the COVID-19 pandemic has halted in-person career exploration programs for students, Junior Achievement has created a new opportunity for students to explore career pathways and connect with industry experts in a safe and innovative way. Over 22,000 eighth through twelfth grade students from across Minnesota, North Dakota, and Western Wisconsin will participate in the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair Continue Reading...
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A conversation with Jessica Winnie of MNBlackBox

Staff members of our JA team got a special surprise on their doorstep in honor of Black History Month. Each member of our team received a custom curated box from MNBlackBox – a local company dedicated to amplifying Black businesses through a monthly subscription service. We were so inspired by the work that Jessica Winnie, the owner behind MNBlackBox, is Continue Reading...