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Once-in-a-life Experiences Interacting with the 2021 New Jersey Business Hall of Fame Laureates - Personal Reflections from Students

 By Tracy Anderson

Corporate Responsibility

Each year, the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame has recognized the achievements of business leaders who have made remarkable contributions to New Jersey. The 2021 Laureates join a prestigious group of business leaders and entrepreneurs that have made lasting impressions in their respective industries, creating jobs and opportunities, in addition to using innovation to resolve and improve...

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...

Learn More About the Upcoming New Jersey Business Hall of Fame and the 2021 Laureates

 By JA Alum Intern, Esther Lawal

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Guest Blog Writer: JA Alum Intern, Esther Lawal

Esther Lawal is a graduate of Rutgers University (Class of ‘21), with a degree in Environmental Business Economics, and has an interest in pursuing a career in the finance sector. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, sightseeing, and teaching.

Esther, a self-starter, developed leadership skills, which she credits JA for providing her the...

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...

Qualities and Skills that Transfer to Entrepreneurial Success
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry


Every parent wants their child to succeed. To find their "niche" where their personality and skills will pay off in the long run. Fortunately, there is a professional space that is full of possibility and innovation for...

Job Vacancies' Reaching an All-Time High & What it Means for Teens
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the last business day of March 2021 brought a record high of 8.1 million job openings in the United States. Among those hiring, industries including accommodation and food services, state and local government education, arts, entertainment, and recreation experiences experienced the most significant workers'...

Girl at bank with parent

Getting Your Child Set Up with a Bank Account
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Financial Literacy

This blog discusses how you can set your child up with his or her first bank account, the benefits, and tips for how you can establish smart financial...

Leadership Spotlight: Caroline Armour of Verizon


Community Involvement

More than 10 years ago, a Verizon exec introduced me and the members of the Finance Team to Junior Achievement NJ . He asked us to consider becoming volunteers, to teach elements of life and financial skills to NJ’s students. I participated and loved the experience. To be a part of teaching young people how piling up credit card debt can hurt them in the long run and how, while needed in many...

Conversation Tip: Encourage your child's self discovery.

Helping Your Child Choose a Career Path
Blog from JA USA

 By Hannah Henry

Work Readiness

"What is your future plan?". This is every high schoolers' (and college students') nightmare. At this point in their life, they know what makes them happy, what subjects in school they do well in, and want to have a successful future. A 17 or 18-year-old high school student is expected to have most of their future planned out despite experiencing adult life firsthand. Typically, this is where the...

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