Why not be a little disruptive?

June 29, 2016 2:57 pm

I like to be disruptive, it’s true. I like to take calculated risks, shake things up and color outside the lines.  I embrace that role. Being disruptive is often viewed as adverse; the Latin root isdisrumpere, which means”to break apart.” So, naturally we think about breaking someone’s  concentration, breaking a glass, or breaking apart a… Read More

You may need to remind yourself: These are high school students on summer vacation

June 29, 2016 2:41 pm

A volunteer exclaimed, “Speaking with these students today has completely changed my outlook on the next generation.”  This comment followed the JA Business Week Entrepreneurship lunch where more than 20 entrepreneurs sat at tables full of business week students and shared their experience and provided mentoring to young people hoping to run their own businesses… Read More

An Unforgettable Experience

June 28, 2016 9:20 pm

Attending JA Business Week for the first time, I was hoping to get a taste of the business world; something to give me an understanding of business and whether it’s something I want to pursue. What I ended up getting out of the week was that – and so much more.  Going from a messy… Read More

E-Mentoring Provides Students with Insights into Entrepreneurship

June 28, 2016 9:19 pm

I participated in the 2016 JA Business Week E-mentoring session held at Johnson & Wales University.  This session was similar to  “speed dating” or what I called “speed mentoring.” I talked with six or seven rounds of six to seven students. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the kids would respond to their… Read More

So, What Exactly IS Business Week?

June 28, 2016 9:16 pm

As a first year JA Business Week student with virtually no previous business experience, I was pleasantly surprised when I was moved to the Track 2 project working with Smoke Barbecue food truck. I had no idea what I was in for and clearly remember one of my company members on the first day asking,… Read More

JA Business Gives Kids Vital Skills

June 28, 2016 8:45 pm

As a first-time Company Advisor (CA) who never had the opportunity to attend JA Business Week as a student, I had no idea what the week would have in store for me. I’d heard the hype from veteran CAs and Junior Achievement staffers, but – as I sat in the auditorium with my Company C… Read More

The Good Stuff You Don’t Learn in School

June 28, 2016 8:41 pm

When I first attended JA Business Week following my sophomore year in high school, I was skeptical of what I was getting myself into. I asked myself WHY? Why would I even consider spending my summer doing more school work and sitting all day in classrooms? Well, believe it or not, just a few weeks… Read More


Toyota fuels financial literacy at JA Finance Park

June 23, 2016 5:23 pm

Toyota is well-recognized for its commitment to educating future generations. In fact, the Toyota USA Foundation has endowed $100 million to enhance the quality of U.S. education by supporting innovative programs dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and math. In 2015, Toyota and the Denver Toyota Dealers Association added Junior… Read More

The JA spirit is easy to recognize

May 26, 2016 8:16 pm

Each year, JA-Rocky Mountain awards college scholarships to graduating seniors who embody the JA Spirit. I can’t even begin to describe how amazing these young people are – it is truly one of the most rewarding things we do. Over the years, I’ve been asked to define the “JA Spirit” and all I can say… Read More

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