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Blog #8: Innovation

JA recently celebrated its 100th year as an organization that empowers young people for success. We take this responsibility very seriously as a key connector between the business and education communities.  

During these unprecedented times, remaining positive and hopeful are critical to success. And while hope is not a strategy, it does inspire and motivate us to think differently. It sparks innovation, which then drives creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking as shared in this timely Harvard Business blog.

With volunteers playing such an integral role in bringing JA programs to life, how do we do this with businesses and schools closed? 

In collaboration with JA USA, we’re continuing to deliver innovative career readiness, money management and entrepreneurship initiatives, and are finding unique ways to inspire our younger generation to think beyond the norm. Business and education as we once knew it may never be the same. 

In the coming weeks, JANJ will host programs for thousands of middle and high school youth online to include interactive career pathway panels with successful business leaders, our digital JA Finance Park® program, virtual girl empowerment events and more. 

JA instills in our youth the skills that great leaders demonstrate throughout uncertain times – innovation, adaptability, problem solving, critical thinking, grit, collaboration – all the while inspiring hope in all of us.

We promise you, without a doubt, that JA will continue to be a source for K-12 youth education through the power of volunteerism and technology…..with a collective goal of inspiring tomorrows….

We have so much gratitude for each and every one of you, our educators, board leaders, and corporate and community partners. Dedicating your time and resources are truly an investment in our state’s future leaders…

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