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

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


Students from mountain communities visit Denver businesses, gain financial know-how

October 17, 2016 3:32 pm

Throughout the 2016/17 school year, mountain communities will visit Denver to participate in Junior Achievement’s JA Destination Success program. Students will visit three Denver-area businesses to gain insights into the workplace and the skills needed to succeed. Steamboat Springs Middle School students, for example, are partnered with Comcast, Noble Energy and Root Sports. Professionals from… Read More

A Key JA Lesson: Embrace Your Fears

October 3, 2016 9:40 am

It’s the month of ghosts and goblins, trick or treaters and facing those things that go bump in the night. October also means we’re in the groove of a new school year, working closely with teachers and our volunteers to help students explore new ideas, develop new skills and, yes, face their fears. And while… Read More

For work that is real

September 1, 2016 2:29 pm

As we head into the 2016/17 school year, I’m thrilled to celebrate a milestone anniversary as president and CEO of JA-Rocky Mountain. Twenty-five years. It’s been an amazing journey. And if you count the years that I was a JA student, I’ve been a part of JA a lot longer than I care to admit!… Read More

University volunteer learns alongside students

August 29, 2016 9:24 pm

Many of us have heard the old adage that the best way to learn something is to teach it. This certainly is the case for many JA-Rocky Mountain volunteers who spend time reviewing and strengthening their own economic and financial management knowledge in order to effectively teach JA programs.  And, for university student volunteer Paulina Cisneros,… Read More