You: a gift worth sharing

January 1, 2017 9:39 pm

It’s 2017! And as the new year beams brightly ahead of us, I’m happily reflecting on the holidays and the many gifts shared with friends and family. Some were practical – socks, kitchen gadgets, boots. Other gifts were the “as seen on TV” wacky things. And still other gifts took time to create, and came… Read More



Harvard’s recognition of JA Finance Park

December 21, 2016 4:34 pm

JA Finance Park, presented by Empower Retirement, is one of JA-Rocky Mountain’s most popular and engaging programs for middle and high school students.  Recently, JA Finance Park was recognized by Harvard University’s Global Education Innovation Initiative as a program with innovative curriculum and pedagogical practices related to 21st century skills in financial literacy education. Harvard has added… Read More



Partner companies receive top honor for volunteerism

December 20, 2016 10:29 pm

JA-Rocky Mountain is proud to recognize 23 partner companies that recently received the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award. Created in 2003 by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the award recognizes organizations that contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer service. In 2006, JA became an official certifying organization for this award… Read More



Volunteer helps JA reach Estes Park students

December 19, 2016 5:31 pm

Professionalism, business savvy, humor, drive, kindness.  Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) volunteers share all sorts of skills, personality traits and experiences when they enter JA classrooms to help young people envision their futures. Dean Belka and his wife Sue, long-time JA volunteers and part-time residents of Estes Park, CO, add vision and leadership to the mix…. Read More



AT&T helps JA bring financial experiences to at-risk students

December 12, 2016 12:36 pm

Through its signature philanthropic initiative called AT&T Aspire, AT&T is helping Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, and more than 50 JA areas across the country, reach at-risk students. In addition to the company’s  financial support, which totals more than $800,000 nationally, AT&T employees serve as valued mentors, committing significant time to helping students learn, develop confidence and… Read More



Robin Wise

Why do we call it “giving back”?

December 2, 2016 12:05 am

When our boys were young, one of their favorite “hobbies,” especially around the holidays, was “borrowing” each other’s toys. Even after all these years, I can still hear their voices shouting “GIVE IT BACK!” I think these memories are why I have mixed feelings when I hear people or organizations say they are committed to… Read More



JA celebrates Shawn Barker: DBJ Corporate Citizen of the Year

December 2, 2016 12:02 am

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) Board Member Shawn Barker is one of five Denver-area executives recognized by the Denver Business Journal (DBJ) in November as a Corporate Citizen of the Year. Anyone who knows Shawn knows exactly why he was honored.  He is an unassuming, committed and inspiring community leader. As vice president and controller for… Read More



JA Finance Park and Kids for Colorado Gives teach the value of philanthropy

November 28, 2016 9:02 pm

For more than five years, the Community First Foundation and JA-Rocky Mountain have partnered to educate Colorado’s young citizens about the importance of charitable giving.  In fact, the Community First Foundation was the first to step up as a philanthropy sponsor when we launched JA Finance Park in 2011, a hands-on money management simulation for… Read More



Northern Colorado JA Stock Market Challenge

November 28, 2016 6:28 pm

More than 550 students from 11 area high schools competed in the Northern Colorado JA Stock Market Challenge on Nov. 11 at Colorado State University. The JA Stock Market Challenge is a live stock market simulation game, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can grow their initial $500,000 investment into… Read More





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