July Newsletter

Our team is determined to provide all San Diego students with the Junior Achievement experience, which teaches them basic life skills necessary to succeed in today’s challenging world. This year, our goal was to provide a 20% increase in the number of students.  Because of YOUR support, we are so proud to share JA exceeded this goal by reaching a record-breaking 80,344 students during the 2016-2017 school year.  The number is a 30% increase compared to last year.

As we celebrate this historic milestone, we want to recognize the support and commitment of 6,322 volunteers who generously gave their time and energy to make a difference.  To celebrate the successful school year, we asked five of our most devoted volunteers to share “Why They Volunteer for JA” for a special JA blog series.   We hope you will find inspiration in their stories.   Below is an excerpt from Bob Cange, who has been instrumental in recruiting volunteers for the Mission Fed JA Finance Park program:

“The key word for me with all JA programs is: PRACTICAL.  This is practical, everyday financial knowledge that is simply not taught in the classrooms.  The JA programs are absolutely essential to providing our children, our students with practical financial information to help them succeed and be financially responsible adults,” said Bob Cange, JA Volunteer.       

On behalf of all of us at Junior Achievement, thank you for making this school year a huge success.  We hope we can count on your continued support as we begin another exciting school year.   

Warmest regards,

Marla Black

President & CEO

JA of San Diego


JA Volunteers of Year

As we celebrate reaching a record-breaking number of students, we would like to honor six remarkable individuals for their exceptional service and commitment.  Time and time again, they go the extra mile to serve as JA volunteers because they share our passion to build a better future through financial education. Please join me in congratulating the following “JA Volunteers of the Year”:     

  • Bob Cange, Mission Fed JA Finance Park
  • Colleen Harig, North County- Inland
  • Delores Loedel, North County- Coastal
  • Judy Mampel, Central County
  • Bill Sears, South County

Volunteer Feedback

On behalf of our JA team, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers for making a difference during the 2016/2017 school year. With your support, 80,344 students are now on their way to building successful futures. Please help us continue to improve our programs by completing a volunteer survey:

Introducing the Apple Society


Stay tuned for our new Volunteer Recognition program, The Apple Society.  The program will be honoring volunteers who have dedicated notable hours to Junior Achievement during each school year. We hope to have you be a part of the Apple Society! 

Summer Camp Fun at Junior Achievement

Summertime is a special time at JA, as we host nearly 300 students at the McGrath Family JA BizTown Summer Camp.  Although the campers may not be old enough to drive, work or vote, that does not stop them from running a business, starting their own company, and earning a profit as they become “JA BizTown Citizens” for the week.  

One of the highlights of the program is the “shark-tank” competition. This is where campers get a chance to show-off their entrepreneurial spirit as they work together to create and start their own company.  Students have to write a business plan and then pitch their new product or service to a panel of judges to secure funding.   We are happy to report these young innovative leaders are going to change the world.  Below are some of the students’ unique business ideas:

  • Flying Feet.  How about some flying tennis shoes you can control with your own GPS glove? 
  • Reading Ears.  Glasses connected to a digital app that allow deaf or hard of hearing people the ability to listen to their friends by reading text in the lenses. 
  • Donuts for Life.  Welcome to a vending machine where you can purchase donut holes 24 hours a day for just $1 dollar.
  • Lit Pooh.  Never worry again about having to scoop your dog’s poop in the dark with the new Lit Pooh product.  It allows your pet’s messes to glow in the dark.  

A special thanks to JA YES (Young Executive Society) Members, Jennifer Barnes with ProBack Office, Jenifer Pratt with Reilly Financial Advisors and Christine Wellington with FedEx. For a look at more summer fun and memories captured at JA BizTown Summer Camp, please check out our Facebook page.

Mission Fed JA Finance Park Summer Camp Prepares Tomorrow Leader’s for Success

Campers had a blast at the Mission Fed JA Finance Park Summer Camp.   The one-week program is designed to prepare young adults for career and financial success.  Some of the highlights include: 

  • Career Day.  Campers had the opportunity to meet and interact with business professionals from 12 high-growth industries during the Career Day.  Campers learned about careers in construction, what skills you need to produce a monthly comic book and how to provide amazing online customer-service during peak holidays like Mother’s Day.     

"Often, our truest passions emerge in childhood, only to be squelched by real life pressures, so it is important to tell these young adults to have a job they love. Because if they like their job and have fun, they will be successful adults,” said Thomas Miller, Retired San Diego Police Officer with STAR/PAL nonprofit.    

A special thanks to our partners for bringing this unique event to life; Alaska Airlines, Border Patrol, FTD Companies, Project Cornerstone, RD Realty, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, Raso Solutions, Rowling and Associates, San Diego Police and County Probation Departments with the nonprofit, STAR/PAL and Southwestern College.

  • PwC Interviews.  Campers had fun interviewing one-on-one with interns from our partners at PwC.  The students worked closely with interns to identify possible career paths and practice how to apply critical thinking skills and problem-solving during a job interview. The feedback was very encouraging.

“It was really neat to see the various jobs the teens are interested in and want to pursue after high school.  I had one young man that wants to be a biomedical engineer, architect and SNL comedian. I enjoyed talking to the teens about their futures and how to accomplish their career goals,” said Nate Lambka, PwC Intern and a senior at USD.   

KUSI Checks Out Summer Fun at JA

JA’s summer camp programs are so much fun that our friends at KUSI-TV/CH 9 decided join the campers for a day of adventure.   In case you missed it, check out the below TV clips highlighting our remarkable students from both camps, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.


Calling All JA Student Ambassadors

The JA Student Ambassador program provides San Diego students with the opportunity to represent Junior Achievement in the community, while learning important skills, such as, networking, professionalism & personal development, financial responsibility, future-planning, empathy and a desire for community service. The program is designed to teach and empower youth to become leaders in their schools and communities - now and in the future.

Through JA’s Board of Directors, Young Executive Board, corporate supporters, and local government relationships, teens are provided exclusive access to positive community role models and opportunities to interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds. These hands-on experiences will allow opportunities to build self-esteem while practicing and instilling leadership skills including: time management, self-motivation, problem-solving, teamwork and public speaking.

If you know or would like to recommend a student between the ages of 8 – 17 for this unique program, please contact Laura Bagheri at 619-906-4928 or email, lbagheri@jasandiego.org


Take Me Out the Ball Game! 

Through JA's partnership with the San Diego Padres, JA friends have an opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to the following home games in August:

  • Tuesday, August 1st vs Minnesota Twins
  • Tuesday, August 15th vs Philadelphia Phillies
  • Saturday, August 19th vs Washington Nationals
  • Monday, August 28th vs San Francisco Giants

To reserve your tickets, please visit www.padres.com/promo and scroll down to find your link listed as “Junior Achievement.”  Once you click on the link, follow these simple steps to get your discounted Padres tickets:

  1. Enter the Password: ACHIEVE17 (Do not enter email address here)
  2. Select your game from the calendar by clicking the “T” by the game time
  3. Select your seats from the map – sections that are available are highlighted
  4. Click ‘Review Your Selection’ and then finalize the purchase process
  5. Create an account or log in to your pre-existing account
  6. You will receive an email with a link to print your tickets

Go Padres!

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