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From struggling student to invested entrepreneur: Rudy of Rudy's Cigar Shop shares his story.

 By Brittany Smith, Input Fort Wayne


These days, Mahara is far from a teenager with bad grades in a detention hall. He's a business owner and semi-retired financial planner in Fort Wayne, where he says that local leaders in Junior Achievement changed the direction of his life and helped him apply his skills in ways traditional classwork...

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February 2022 JA Young Entrepreneur of the Month



Ayanna, a senior at Wayne High School, has always had a love for art, and it wasn't until her freshman year that she started taking painting more seriously. Learn more about Ayanna and her painting by watching her...

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Make An Impact with Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

 By Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana

Community Involvement

Support Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana in many ways. Volunteer, sponsor, share, play, or partner...the choice is yours, and the life-changing outcome is...

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February 2022 JA Mission Moment | Madeline, Homestead High School

 By Madeline, JA Student Entrepreneur

Work Readiness

"Junior Achievement propels students to achieve their best through purposeful education. Not only that, JA encourages students to gain the skills necessary for a successful future career and life in the community.
I have learned that, with passion, anything is possible. Those who share your passion, or are sparked to take action because of it, are more willing to help further a cause."


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February 2022 JA Career Speaker | Josh Zacher

 By Junior Achievement

Work Readiness

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January 2022 | JA Casting the Vision Newsletter

 By Junior Achievement

Community Involvement

This edition of the JA Casting the Vision Newsletter features articles about the success of our JA JobSpark Career Expo, held back in November 2021, and an update on the new businesses partnering with JA and...

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January 2022 | Young Entrepreneur, Jack

 By Junior Achievement & WPTA ABC21


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10 Million Reasons for Work and Career Readiness Education
Blog from JA USA

 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...

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...

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...

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