Established in 1949, Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest serves greater Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, where innovative programs are taught in more than 700 schools by nearly 10,000 volunteers. Through age-appropriate curricula, Junior Achievement  prepares students for their future and teaches them how to succeed in the global economy.

Karyn Thompson, community partnership director for JAUM, speaks to us on Jan. 25 about JA BizTown, an innovative program that provides students with experience in a simulated free market lab where they become adults for a day. By working in one of 15 JA BizTown shops, students learn what it takes to run a successful business and understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their successful participation in a global economy.
 
JAUM currently provides programs in Farmington's elementary schools and wants to expand into our middle schools and high school. Join us on Jan. 25 at noon at Celt's in downtown Farmington. Guests are always welcome.
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