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JA Company Program Youth Take Top Prize at MN Cup Youth Division Competition

Following a great week of pitches from 27 finalist teams, the MN Cup competition has announced this year’s division winners. We are celebrating the hard work and dedication of two JA Company Program start-ups who took the 1st place (BioBev) and runner-up (Meiya) prizes in this year’s 18 and under Youth Division.  During their time participating in JA Company Program, Continue Reading...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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JA LaunchU! at DesignJam

  A group of high school students immersed themselves in the entrepreneurial culture earlier this month through an experiential workshop hosted by Fueled Collective. The students are part of JA LaunchU!, a cohort of aspiring young entrepreneurs looking to start their own business enterprise. The workshop, called DesignJam, connected students with local entrepreneurs who shared their personal experiences and the Continue Reading...
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Start-up funding for young entrepreneurs

  High school students representing 12 Twin Cities youth startups had a unique opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs, hone their business pitch, and vie for start-up funding at JA Pitchfest 2020. Participants had a chance to receive up to $3,000 in seed funding from Antimony Investments, a investment company run by high school students Josh Miller and Stuti Arora. Continue Reading...