There's no doubt that our economy continues to become increasingly more complex. Business is changing to keep pace with demand and competition, and employers are in need of a workforce that is well-equipped to evolve to meet changing needs and circumstances. While uncertainty can be challenging, 2010 Junior Achievement Essay Competition winner Adam Middleton said it best: "There is reason for hope, as the Greater Washington business community can learn from the minds of tomorrow... how this country will once again be the dominant global power."
But how can we be sure we are doing all that we can to prepare our students for the demands that await them? The answer may surprise you.
We strive to help our students recognize and embrace the power they have to influence their destinies based on the decisions they are making today. Our students can be optimistic about whatever path they choose after high school, because of the 21st century skills provided to them through JA® programs.
As we continue our 50th year of empowering kids in Greater Washington, I, too, share in the hope for a bright future. And it is my hope that you will too.
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
WHITE HOUSE WELCOMES JA® ENTREPRENEURS
The President and two of his senior advisers - Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren, and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith - welcomed student winners from the JA® national entrepreneurship competition to the White House, including Rachel Gorgas, CEO of the JA Company of the Year, CCA Today, and Joseph Fortuno, winner of the JA Microsoft Social Innovation Award for his company Herban Movement.
#JAALUMNI CARLY RETTIE REFLECTS ON EXPERIENCES, GIVES BACK TO NEXT GENERATION
January is JA®
Alumni Month, and recently, we spoke with a Junior Achievement graduate who now spends her time giving back as a JA®
Hero volunteer. When asked what advice she would give to someone entering high school, George C. Marshall High School junior, Carly Rettie, responded with, "Get involved! Find something that you love to do, and do it." And she is quick to take her own advice, too. Read more >>
JA OF GREATER WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADVISORY COUNCIL
The JA Finance Park®
Montgomery County Advisory Council will lead engagement and fundraising efforts to support the construction and operations of JA Finance Park®
Montgomery County. JA Finance Park®
Montgomery County will be the region's third financial literacy center, in partnership with signature sponsor Capital One, and is set to open on the fourth floor of the new Thomas Edison High School of Technology building in Silver Spring, Maryland during the fall of 2017. The program represents a dynamic partnership between JA®
, Montgomery County Public Schools, Capital One, and the local business community. Every 7th grade student in the county, or 12,000 students annually, will become JA Finance Park®
Graduates. Read more >>
GOODWILL CONFIRMS SECOND JA FINANCE PARK® PARTNERSHIP
Goodwill of Greater Washington recently signed on as the Clothing storefront partner at JA Finance Park®
Montgomery County, opening in the fall of 2017. As the Clothing Storefront partner, Goodwill will guide students through the reality of budgeting for their family's clothing and inspiring them to find the right balance between needs and wants. Goodwill is currently the Clothing storefront partner at JA Finance Park® Fairfax County. Read More >>
JA WORLDWIDE® CEO ON THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION IN AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
Recently, JA Worldwide®
CEO, Asheesh Advani attended the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. While there, an esteemed panel gathered to discuss how the world can educate young people to deal with the uncertainties ahead and take ownership of their futures. Advani weighs in with his own thoughts about how JA®
is the solution to this complex problem. Read more >>