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

Students plan their household budgets at JA Finance Park

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


FirstBank demonstrates community commitment and leadership

November 28, 2016 5:39 pm

As the largest locally-owned bank in Colorado and a leading corporate citizen, FirstBank plays a crucial role in the economic health and civic vitality of our state. Whether providing innovative banking solutions to small businesses or helping 3rd graders understand basic financial principles, FirstBank professionals make a meaningful difference – especially when it comes to… Read More

Spencer family first to name JA Inspiration Scholarship

November 22, 2016 9:46 pm

Bob and Joyce Spencer embody the old saying “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  In 2005, they helped launch the JA Inspiration Scholarship Program, and they are now naming a JA Inspiration Scholarship in their son’s honor. The Spencers hope others will follow suit in supporting young entrepreneurs and honoring someone… Read More

photos by Evan Semón

12th Annual JA Stock Market Challenge Corporate Event

November 15, 2016 5:10 pm

The JA Stock Market Challenge corporate event, presented by Bank of America and sponsored by Husch Blackwell, raised $217,000 and engaged more than 350 adults in competing for the highest net worth and highest portfolio growth. In the end, SM Energy took home the trophy for highest net worth. The McDonough’s Dream Team from Charles Schwab… Read More

Robin Wise

Quiet Work

November 7, 2016 8:10 pm

The JA Stock Market Challenge student events are exciting, inspiring and highly educational. If you have ever attended one of these events, you know that they are also very, very loud. We are thrilled to offer experiences for students that fuel this kind of passion for learning. To hear students shout, cheer, and sometimes groan,… Read More


Retired teacher lends experience to JA volunteering

November 7, 2016 4:01 pm

From finance directors and accountants, to CEOs, engineers and IT professionals, Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers come from all types of professions and share a wide range of skills, experiences and perspectives. For retired teacher Susan Zapata, that experience includes 30 years of teaching K-6th grade students in Des Plaines, IL, and nearly 10 years of… Read More

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