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10 Million Reasons for Work and Career Readiness Education
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 By Jack E. Kosakowski, President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA

Corporate Responsibility

Recently, and for the first time, the number of job openings in the United States exceeded 10 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary (JOLTS) Report. At the same time, there are more than 7 million who are eligible to work but who are...

Survey: Teen Shoppers Concerned About Shortages of Gift Items This Holiday Season

 By Ashley Charest

Financial Literacy

A new survey of teens conducted for Junior Achievement by the research firm ENGINE Insights shows that most teens (55%) are concerned that global supply chain issues will result in shortages of gift items this holiday season. The results are part of the JA Teens & Holiday Spending survey, which assesses teen consumer attitudes associated with the holiday shopping season. The survey of 1,006 13- to...

Inflation, Scarcity, and Teachable Moments
Blog from JA USA

 By Jack E. Kosakowski, President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA

Financial Literacy

Most Americans under the age of 40 are experiencing something they haven’t before; inflation. With the exception of a brief period at the beginning of the Great Recession in 2008, inflation has been restrained for nearly four decades. That means prices rising at a pronounced rate in a short amount of time is a new experience for many Millennials and members of Generation...

Junior Achievement of Kansas to Honor Business Laureates at Annual Wichita Business Hall of Fame

 By Ashley Charest

Entrepreneurship

The 17th annual Junior Achievement of Kansas Wichita Business Hall of Fame will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This event annually honors members of the Wichita business community who have shown an ability to be successful not only in business, but in their commitment to the local community and state as a...

Lawrence Business Hall of Fame 2022 Laureates Announced

 By Ashley Charest

Entrepreneurship

The 2022 Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Tribute Dinner celebrating Lawrence business leaders is being held on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the DoubleTree by Hilton (Regency Ballroom). The reception will begin at 5:30 pm and the tribute dinner and awards begins at 6:15 pm.

The 2022 class includes: Marilyn Bittenbender, Heck Land Company; Richard Haig, Westside 66 Inc.; Roger Scott, Scott...

Survey: About One-Third of Teens May be in Financially Unhealthy Relationships; Seek Advice from Parents, who Also Struggle with Money

 By Ashley Charest

Financial Literacy

According to a new study by Junior Achievement (JA) and The Allstate Foundation, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. teenagers aged 13-18 (31%) have experienced unhealthy financial warning signs in a romantic relationship. Both teen girls and boys reported being prevented from going to school or work or being told what they could or could not...

2022 Topeka Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

 By Ashley Charest

Community Involvement

The 2022 Topeka Business Hall of Fame laureates were announced at a brunch on Tuesday, September 14. Four business leaders will join the Topeka Business Hall of Fame in March 2022. The 2022 laureates are Grant Cushinberry, posthumous; Vince Frye; Marvin Spees, Capitol City Oil; and Matt Strathman, Strathman...

Why Work Needs Meaning
Blog from JA USA

 By Jack E. Kosakowski

Corporate Responsibility

Much has been made in recent months about “The Great Resignation,” the tendency of young workers, primarily Millennials and Generation Z, to quit their jobs to pursue higher-paying, higher growth...

The Payoff Behind Time Management
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

From the start of life, we learn how to prioritize daily events. From waking up to dinner time to bedtime, we become accustomed to routines. Time management, or what some may say “personal management,” follows the same guidelines, only we adjust our day to fit the non-routine elements better. While this soft skill benefits children of all ages in their learning, it has the long-term impact of...

Back to School Survey

 By Ashley Charest

Community Involvement

A new survey of teens conducted for Junior Achievement by the research firm ENGINE Insights shows that nearly 2-in-5 (39%) feel that they are behind educationally because of the...



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