Financial Literacy | Work Readiness | Entrepreneurship
Greater Washington
Junior Achievement
March 2012             DONATE   |   VOLUNTEER   |          

Ed Grenier
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of
Greater Washington
Tax season is upon us. All across America, adults are calculating their refund – or the amount still owed to the IRS.

For most teenagers, however, the profound impact taxes have on a family’s budget and lifestyle is typically not known.

Students in the simulation at Junior Achievement Finance Park, on the other hand, are confronted up-front with the necessity of paying taxes. This reality impacts the students as they act as adults for a day creating and balancing a family budget.

Junior Achievement empowers kids to navigate their way to success in the modern economy by giving them the tools necessary to be financially fit for life.

As always, your financial and volunteer support enable Junior Achievement to give this gift to our kids.

Thank you.

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Junior Achievement Discusses
Financial Literacy on NPR

Junior Achievement was featured on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show as part of a roundtable discussion on teaching financial literacy in schools.

During the show, Ed Grenier discussed how JA’s programs align with state requirements for financial literacy education, as well as the tremendous impact that Junior Achievement Finance Park is having on local youth.

To read a transcript of the show, please click here, and to listen to the show, please click here.
New Survey Finds 1 in 8 Teens
Want to Start a Business

JA's 2012 Teens and Careers Survey found that although 1 in 8 teens want to start their own business, less than half are confident that they'll someday have their dream job.

Further, only a third of teens know anyone who works in their preferred job, and are reliant upon learning about their desired career solely from their school.

To learn more about the survey's results, please visit
Howard University MBA Students
Teach Junior Achievement

Last month, MBA students from Howard University offered their business expertise to nearly 200 students at Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington, DC.

The 26 volunteers taught students about basic wants and needs, the choices that families make, and how people in a community work together for the common good. The day was made possible with generous support from Bank of America.

To learn more about the JA in a Day program, please visit
Junior Achievement Welcomes
New Board Members

Junior Achievement recently appointed six new members to its Board of Directors:

    Paul Brown, President, Hilton Worldwide
    Jeremy London, Partner, Skadden
    Carlos Mateos, Owner, McDonalds
    Craig Pattinson, Senior VP, HSBC
    Susan Pullin, Vice President, CSC
    Jeff Weingarten, President, Interface Media Group

These individuals join a group of business and civic leaders dedicated to increasing financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship education among Greater Washington youth.

To view the biographies of JA’s Board of Directors, please visit
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