Find and Share Your Passion

January 30, 2017 6:05 pm

February is best known for Valentine’s Day, but did you know that this month has many other “holidays” including Umbrella Day, National Gum Drop Day, Tell a Fairy Tale Day, and, my personal favorite, National Drink Wine Day? Not that I have anything against celebrating love; however, designating one day to recognize such a significant… Read More

Opportunities for young professionals in making a positive impact

January 30, 2017 4:03 pm

I volunteer with Junior Achievement at South High. While there a few weeks ago, I was reminded of how just getting one extra volunteer to spend one extra hour with the students is so impactful. Over the six weeks – just one hour a week – I volunteered there, the students at South became really… Read More

Partner companies needed to host STEM job shadow experiences

January 23, 2017 11:39 pm

According to the Colorado Department of Labor, at least 20% of all jobs in the state are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. These occupations include: engineers, software developers, accountants, environmental scientists and healthcare professionals, to name a few. And, while STEM fields make up only 20% of all jobs, 62% of job… Read More

Partners in life make dynamic duo in the classroom

January 23, 2017 11:25 pm

For 42 years, Ron and Derenny Weil have done everything together – launched and run successful businesses, traveled the world, raised a family and served the community.  Now that they’re retired, their time together includes volunteering for Junior Achievement. Since 2014, Ron and Derenny have collectively inspired more than 2,000 students to take ownership of their… Read More

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