There's been a lot of talk recently about how to handle student loan debt, from free college, to debt forgiveness, to young adults simply skipping college. For many people, a college education will be the second largest investment they make behind owning a home, yet this decision is being made by teenagers with very little knowledge of how budgets or debt work. 

A survey just published by Junior Achievement USA® and Voya Foundation   reveals that  nearly two-thirds (65%) of teens believe that when it comes to student loans and borrowing for college they should ultimately be responsible for paying those dollars back, even if the borrower is having difficulty paying the loan.

Teens want to take responsibility for their financial future. 

We must take responsibility for preparing them to make these types of financial decisions earlier than ever before.

With student loan debt in the trillions, it is more important than ever that we prepare our youth to be ready for the future. Will you inspire the next generation to be financially capable this #FinancialLiteracyMonth2016 and give your time and energy as a JA® volunteer?
Ed Grenier
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington 

P.S. If you can't take time out of your schedule to give back in the classroom or at JA Finance Park®, we could use your generous contribution to expand the reach of our programs in the District, Maryland, and Virginia.



DUNBAR & ANACOSTIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TAKE PART IN JA JOB SHADOW™ AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington sent 12 Dunbar High School and Anacostia High School students to the White House to learn about cybersecurity through the Federal Information Technology (IT) Job Shadow partnership between the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council Workforce Committee and JA of Greater Washington. Students had the opportunity to meet Chief Information Officer of the United States Tony Scott, take part in workshops exploring various technology-related careers including threat analysis and social media, and have lunch in the private White House bowling alley. This job shadow was part of an initiative this spring that will send high school students from across the region into various federal agencies. Read More >>
OMEGA WORLD TRAVEL EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP TO FORTHCOMING JA FINANCE PARK® MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Omega World Travel, a longtime partner of Junior Achievement, recently agreed to expand their partnership and serve as the JA Finance Park® Vacation storefront partner in Montgomery County.  In addition to committing to the new Montgomery County partnership, Omega World Travel has renewed their investment at JA Finance Park® Fairfax County. Read More >>


FREEDOM H.S. STUDENTS GIVE OVER 300 THIRD GRADERS IN VA THE JA® EXPERIENCE
Freedom High School students in Loudoun County participated in their first ever High School Heroes program by teaching Junior Achievement® programs to elementary school students. The High School Heroes program allows regional high school students to prepare and volunteer in the classroom at local  elementary schools. It is an opportunity for the high school students to practice their leadership and professional   presentation skills, while teaching elementary school students critical life skills and serving as role models for them.  Read More >>
JA® TEAMS WITH STUDENTS TO INSPIRE OTHERS TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE WORLD
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington partnered with local high school students to lead workshops on collaboration, creativity, and personal branding at the third annual Social Action Summit hosted by LearnServe International on the campus of American University. The Summit serves as an opportunity for over 100 young people to gather and develop the skills they will need to make their mark in their schools, communities, and in the world. Read More >>

JA OF  GREATER WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL BOWL-A-THON REGIONAL COMPETITIONS
Today, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington announced that this Bowl season, every company, every team, and every individual will be competing against other companies in the District, Maryland, and Virginia for bragging rights and prizes as part of the first annual Junior Achievement® Bowl-a-Thon Regional Competitions.  Read More >>

DOMINION RESOURCES, INC. COMMITS TO CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP AT JA FINANCE PARK® AS UTILITIES STOREFRONT
Junior Achievement® is proud to announce that Dominion Resources, Inc. (Dominion) has agreed to continue its partnership with JA® to serve as the Home Utilities Storefront at JA Finance Park®  Fairfax County.   As the Home Utilities Storefront partner, Dominion has helped thousands of Fairfax County students understand what it takes to power a home and how those costs play a role in their ability to be financially successfully in the future. Thanks to their generosity and continued support of JA®, Dominion will continue to play this important role in the JA Finance Park® experience. Read More >>
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Junior Achievement of Greater Washington
1050 17th Street, NW | Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-1200 | info@myja.org

If you are a Federal employee, you can give during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by writing Junior Achievement of Greater Washington on your pledge card and using our CFC number  89407.