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Monthly Budgeting for the Whole Family
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Imagine, a future where your phone would know your financial hopes and dreams, track spending and send you an alert when you're about to set yourself back from achieving a goal. It would update with the cost of the all the endeavors you want to achieve, from that dream wedding to the day you decide to retire. Unfortunately, this budgeting responsibility isn't something worth pushing off. All the...

How to Write a Check
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

I remember walking into the school book fair with a blank check from my parents. The purpose of the oddly shaped paper was unknown to my 8-year-old self, but the value was priceless to me. After having my teacher assist me in writing all the necessary fields, I gave it to the cashier and left with my new arts and crafts book. Fast forward, I was writing my first check. Without a teacher looking...

4 Best Money Apps for Your Financial Goals
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Corporate Responsibility

Which two items do you carry with you nearly 24 / 7? For most of us, a cell phone and wallet would be the answer. According to Statista, a total of 197 billion app downloads in 2017. With all the apps being downloaded one would wonder, which ones are helping you? With only 1-in-3 Americans maintaining a household budget, according to Gallup, it comes as no surprise that there is an overwhelming...

How to Include Volunteer Work on Your Resume in 2018
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Congratulations! After hours of sweat and smiles, you've finished your volunteer efforts but how are you going to make them stand out on a resume? Of course, you could intertwine your experience in your face-to-face interview... or add it to your professional network profile in hopes that your potential new employer will do some "digging" about you, but the question remains -- will it make a...

Money and Millennials: Credit for Beginners
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

Credit is like a car, it has to be built before you can get to where you want to go.

Unfortunately, the negative connotation of a credit card prevented me from my forward movement of building credit until I was in my mid-20s. In a way I was fortunate; my car was paid off, my family helped to pay for college and I was renting my apartment. I was living frugally-like my grandfather, whose financial...

DONUT Mess with Junior Achievement
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Corporate Responsibility

Students from Oakwood, an elementary school located in Portland, Oregon, combined entrepreneurship with a craving for breakfast to create the Sweet O's Donut...

Money and Millennials: Budgeting 101
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

As a child, I never noticed a budget in our household. There were no coupons trapped under a magnet on the fridge nor did a budget-conversation occur at the kitchen table when it was time for my brother and me to get back-to-school supplies. It may come as a surprise, but many families don't discuss money with their young children. In fact, a Junior Achievement (JA) survey reported that 84 percent...

Junior Achievement Students Hatch Entrepreneurship
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Susan Hunter Wallace, a first time Junior Achievement volunteer, taught "JA Our Community" and received more than just a few raised hands. As she and the students grew through the JA lesson, the second-graders were inspired to share their project with her. The second graders at Clinton Elementary were trying their hand at entrepreneurship through hatching chickens. Unfortunately, their progress...

An Entrepreneur with a Sweet Spot for JA
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

Students are not the only ones who learn from JA...our volunteers do, too! Meet Denis Ring, the Founder of Ocho Chocolate Candy, located in Oakland, California. A candy store that prides itself on great tasting organic candy bars. In November, Ring decided to trade in his chocolate for a richer experience--volunteering with Junior Achievement for National Entrepreneurship Month. "The students at...

JA Wants to Know: What's Downloading from your App Store
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

A Tech Crunch article reports the average smartphone owner uses about nine apps per day. Which begs the question, what apps are best for your...



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