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Junior Achievement of the Heartland
Quarterly Newsletter

The JA of the Heartland staff would like to wish you a safe and healthy holiday season! Thank you for giving today’s students hope as they make the connection between education and their dreams. 

Upcoming Events

Help kids answer the big questions.
February – March 2021
Virtual Event
 
The JA triviaBowl is coming to you virtually in February and March! Instead of coming together for an in-person bowling celebration, we’ll celebrate together online and test your trivia knowledge. Join a community event, or create a corporate event. Visit our website for event dates and to register.
Jersey Mike’s Month of Giving
March 2021
Davenport, Dubuque, and Moline Locations
 
Throughout March, customers can make donations to Junior Achievement through the Jersey Mike’s mobile app or onsite and receive deals. On Day of Giving, March 31, 2021, all orders placed online, through the app and onsite will contribute to the fundraising total.
 

Website Makeover

Have you seen our new look?
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! With the help of Driven Leads and Terrostar, we now have a new, fresh look!
 

JA Virtual Volunteers Needed

School may have changed, but the need has not! Though volunteering for Junior Achievement in the traditional sense may not be an option at this time, you can still inspire and prepare our young people as a JA Virtual Volunteer!
 
Junior Achievement provides opportunities to volunteer remotely using technology you already have and are comfortable using! JA will provide the tools, training, connection with teachers, and support. All you need to do is what you do best…positively impact young people as a JA volunteer!
 
Is being a JA Virtual Volunteer the right fit for you? Take this quiz to find out!

Program News

JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair
New this spring, the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair will go live on Thursday, March 4th. This is Junior Achievement’s capstone career development program for 8th-12th grade students. An online event, the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair will give students the opportunity to:
  • Connect with professionals from some of the region’s most prominent employers.
  • Explore career pathways and learn about the skills needed for in-demand jobs.
  • Connect their own interests with a variety of career opportunities.
  • Strengthen their coursework pathway for high school and beyond.
Student registration is currently open and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

JA BizTown® Adventures

Following the completion of the JA BizTown curriculum, students now have the opportunity for an online culminating experience called JA BizTown Adventures. Using a branching, story-driven model, students choose the role they want in a particular business. They then practice problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and analytical thinking, as well as weigh saving and spending choices, consider risk management and insurance strategies, and make personal and business-related financial decisions.
 
JA BizTown Adventures can be used as an alternative simulation experience when students are unable to visit JA World, our on-site location. Alternatively, the JA BizTown Adventures may be explored before or after the on-site simulation, enhancing the overall learning experience.
To learn more, contact Melissa Rebro, JA World Program Director, at melissa.rebro@ja.org.

JA Hosts Virtual Summit

Junior Achievement partnered with CNBC and Acorns for a virtual summit featuring 13 JA students – one being Bettendorf High School Student, Patrick Hurd, asking questions of a panel of experts related to economic disparity and ways to address it. As part of this effort, Junior Achievement surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. teens and found that a majority believe that people are paid less based on race, ethnicity, and gender and that it is more difficult for people of diverse backgrounds to get financing to start a business. Survey participants also believed that “education” is the best way to address economic disparity. 

It's never too late to give the gift of hope!

As 2020 comes to a close, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Junior Achievement. Help young people in our community gain the knowledge and skills they need to have a brighter future.

Stay Connected

Connect with us on LinkedIn!
Stay up to date with the latest JA news and events by connecting with us on LinkedIn. Did you know, you can add your JA volunteer experience to your LinkedIn profile? Here’s how: go to your profile – click “Add profile section” – click “volunteer experience” – enter the information to describe your JA volunteer experience and hit save! It’s that easy!
 
Are you a member of a service organization? JAH would love to update your group on all things new with JA. Contact us to schedule a meeting date.

Website Makeover

Have you seen our new look?
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! With the help of Driven Leads and Terrostar, we now have a new, fresh look!
 

JA Virtual Volunteers Needed

School may have changed, but the need has not! Though volunteering for Junior Achievement in the traditional sense may not be an option at this time, you can still inspire and prepare our young people as a JA Virtual Volunteer!
 
Junior Achievement provides opportunities to volunteer remotely using technology you already have and are comfortable using! JA will provide the tools, training, connection with teachers, and support. All you need to do is what you do best…positively impact young people as a JA volunteer!
 
Is being a JA Virtual Volunteer the right fit for you? Take this quiz to find out!

Program News

 
 
 
 
 
 
JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair
New this spring, the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair will go live on Thursday, March 4th. This is Junior Achievement’s capstone career development program for 8th-12th grade students. An online event, the JA Inspire Virtual Career Fair will give students the opportunity to:
  • Connect with professionals from some of the region’s most prominent employers.
  • Explore career pathways and learn about the skills needed for in-demand jobs.
  • Connect their own interests with a variety of career opportunities.
  • Strengthen their coursework pathway for high school and beyond.
Student registration is currently open and sponsorship opportunities are available. 
 

JA BizTown® Adventures

Following the completion of the JA BizTown curriculum, students now have the opportunity for an online culminating experience called JA BizTown Adventures. Using a branching, story-driven model, students choose the role they want in a particular business. They then practice problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, and analytical thinking, as well as weigh saving and spending choices, consider risk management and insurance strategies, and make personal and business-related financial decisions.
 
JA BizTown Adventures can be used as an alternative simulation experience when students are unable to visit JA World, our on-site location. Alternatively, the JA BizTown Adventures may be explored before or after the on-site simulation, enhancing the overall learning experience.
To learn more, contact Melissa Rebro, JA World Program Director, at melissa.rebro@ja.org.

JA Hosts Virtual Summit

Junior Achievement partnered with CNBC and Acorns for a virtual summit featuring 13 JA students – one being Bettendorf High School Student, Patrick Hurd, asking questions of a panel of experts related to economic disparity and ways to address it. As part of this effort, Junior Achievement surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. teens and found that a majority believe that people are paid less based on race, ethnicity, and gender and that it is more difficult for people of diverse backgrounds to get financing to start a business. Survey participants also believed that “education” is the best way to address economic disparity. 

It's never too late to give the gift of hope!

As 2020 comes to a close, consider making a tax-deductible donation to Junior Achievement. Help young people in our community gain the knowledge and skills they need to have a brighter future.

Stay Connected

Connect with us on LinkedIn!
Stay up to date with the latest JA news and events by connecting with us on LinkedIn. Did you know, you can add your JA volunteer experience to your LinkedIn profile? Here’s how: go to your profile – click “Add profile section” – click “volunteer experience” – enter the information to describe your JA volunteer experience and hit save! It’s that easy!
 
Are you a member of a service organization? JAH would love to update your group on all things new with JA. Contact us to schedule a meeting date.

Get Involved with JA

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about JA, please let us know!