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The 2019 States of Entrepreneurship Report

The 2019 States of Entrepreneurship Report

How many states offer or even require entrepreneurship education programs? This report provides an informative overview.

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The Role of Common Core Standards in College and Career-Readiness Education

The Role of Common Core Standards in College and Career-Readiness Education

America's schools face unprecedented challenges to prepare students for postsecondary education and entry into the U.S. and global workforce. Discover how programs developed by JA USA directly support the goals of the Common Core State Standards Initiative at elementary, middle, and high school levels to ensure students are college and career ready.

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2013 Teens and Careers Survey

2013 Teens and Careers Survey

Today's teens want to pursue careers that will provide both financial rewards and job satisfaction. To gauge teens' perspectives on their ideal careers and what steps they will need to take to get on their desired career path, Junior Achievement USA and the ING Foundation recently conducted their 12th annual Teens & Careers Survey.

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Millennials and Tech Evolution

Millennials and Tech Evolution

It's no surprise that Millennials interact with technology very differently than other generations. Get the scoop here.

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Millennials and Money

Millennials and Money

How do Millennials manage their money? Are they more frugal or more extravagant than other age groups? See what the data say.

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Millennials and Social Good

Millennials and Social Good

Millennials have very different ideas than other generations about volunteerism and their preferred ways of supporting their favorite causes.

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Millennials and Entrepreneurship

Millennials and Entrepreneurship

See what Millennials are saying about becoming entrepreneurs, and how mentoring can play an important role in start-up business growth.

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2014 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

2014 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

Junior Achievement's 15th Teens and Personal Finance Survey examines teens' and tweens' attitudes and behaviors around managing money. Data collected from young people ages 8-13 are included for the first time in this year's survey.

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Are Students Prepared for the Workplace?

Are Students Prepared for the Workplace?

Business leaders claim that the generation of students entering the workplace lacks many critical "soft" skills like problem solving and critical thinking, abilities that contribute to an individual's and an organization's success. Explore Junior Achievement's new proposed model that links a foundation of recognized knowledge, skills and attitudes to measurable engagement and achievement activities. The application of this model can potentially lead to a student who is credentialed to be "workforce ready," fully prepared to contribute meaningfully upon entering a 21st century global workplace.

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Millennials and College Planning

Millennials and College Planning

The rising cost of college is spurring many young adults to re-evaluate their post-secondary education options. See what Millennials are saying about it.

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Taking it Digital: New Opportunities for Volunteer Service

Taking it Digital: New Opportunities for Volunteer Service

Junior Achievement, with the help of partners like Citi, is scaling volunteer engagement using technology and a blended learning approach. See what students and teachers have to say about this new model that supports the JA Education Gateway.

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2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

Junior Achievement's 2015 Teens and Personal Finance Survey, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation, reveals a surprising disconnect between teens' and parents' views around paying for college and managing money.

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The States of Entrepreneurship Education in America

The States of Entrepreneurship Education in America

The number of states offering entrepreneurship education programs more than doubled between 2009 to 2015. See if your state is one of them.

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2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey

Junior Achievement's 2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey, sponsored by the Voya Foundation, shows that teens believe borrowers, not the government, are responsible for paying off their student loans.

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2017 Teens and Career Survey

2017 Teens and Career Survey

Everyone agrees that STEM plays an important role in the job market of today…and tomorrow. But what do teens think of STEM, and other career fields, and how does that perspective differ by gender? The 2017 Teens & Careers Survey by Junior Achievement and EY explores those issues, and more.

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2017 JA Youth and Financial Literacy Survey

2017 JA Youth and Financial Literacy Survey

In its first survey of elementary-aged children and their parents, Junior Achievement discovers how well kids understand money while learning when parents think children should start learning about financial concepts. This research is presented in conjunction with the Jackson Charitable Foundation.

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Corporate Responsibility and Employee Volunteer Program

Corporate Responsibility and Employee Volunteer Program

Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs) are an essential part of many Corporate Responsibility initiatives. But how can CR professionals ensure that their EVP efforts are meeting the needs of employees while advancing the goals of the company? This research by Junior Achievement and the Corporate Responsibility Association addresses these and other questions.

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2018 Teens and Personal Finance

2018 Teens and Personal Finance

This survey of teens finds that only half of them plan to seek financial independence from their parents as adults! This, and other important insights, are available in this JA Teens and Personal Finance executive summary.

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2018 Teens and Careers

2018 Teens and Careers

Today's 18-year-olds could start contributing to a 401K or Roth IRA with their first job, but many won't. This survey explores teens' knowledge and attitudes when it comes to saving for retirement.

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2018 JA Teens and Retirement

2018 JA Teens and Retirement

Today's 18-year-olds could start contributing to a 401K or Roth IRA with their first job, but many won't. This survey explores teens' knowledge and attitudes when it comes to saving for retirement.

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2018 Teens and College Savings

2018 Teens and College Savings

Teens may think they are ready for college, but are they prepared to pay for higher education? This JA Teens and College Savings survey explores how ready today's young people are to make one of the biggest investments of their lifetime.

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Meeting a Critical Need: The Impact of Blended Learning Programs

Meeting a Critical Need: The Impact of Blended Learning Programs

Technology in the classroom is changing the way students learn and teachers teach. This white paper, done in conjunction with eSchoolNews, explores how blended learning is impacting young people's attitudes and behavior related to money management.

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Trends in the Number, Share, and Characteristics of Disconnected Youth- Implications for Future Policies and Programs

Trends in the Number, Share, and Characteristics of Disconnected Youth- Implications for Future Policies and Programs

"Disconnected Youth" are defined as those between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not employed nor enrolled in school. This research, conducted by the Population Reference Bureau for Junior Achievement USA, explores how those characteristics have changed since 1970 and touches upon implications for future policies and programs.

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Insuring Career Success: Teen Perceptions of Career Selection

Insuring Career Success: Teen Perceptions of Career Selection

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s an question we have all been asked, but selecting a career is a decision many teens and young adults tend to put off, as discovered in this research.

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