JA Helps Student Begin to Live the American Dream

Junior Achievement shows youth it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are going.

Junior Achievement USA®

Josuel Plasencia was raised in a small attic room in New York City. The room was more than just four walls. It mirrored his family’s past and present—a cycle of struggle with little progress to show for it.

Josuel’s mother came to America from the Dominican Republic in search of a better life, but her dreams were delayed when she became a single mother. During summers, Josuel would visit his father in the Dominican Republic. To Josuel’s father, baseball was the ticket out of hardship. But this was not Josuel’s dream, and he knew there was little likelihood of success. Without an intervention, Josuel believed that he too was destined to experience a life of struggle.

The intervention came in ninth grade. Josuel participated in JA Job Shadow™, in which students experience the world of work during an on-site visit to a local business.

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