Satisfied Volunteers and Employers = Better Outcomes for Students

February 28, 2018 10:16 pm

Last month I joined JA executives from across the U.S. for a think tank on volunteerism from a corporate perspective. Leaders from some of the nation’s most successful and admired companies including Honda, HSBC, KPMG, JP Morgan Chase, and Fidelity, shared their ideas about engaging their employees in the community. It was hugely interesting to… Read More

Resilience is All Around Us

January 29, 2018 7:10 pm

Like many Denver theatre lovers, I’ve eagerly awaited the premiere of Hamilton, the musical, in Denver! Yet, as I work to secure tickets, I learn that I’m number 96,391 on the waiting list. 96,391! This is truly an exercise in resilience! Perhaps it’s only fitting given that Alexander Hamilton, the American founding father whose life… Read More

A Creed for Young America

January 29, 2018 3:01 pm

JA was founded in 1919, and as we prepare for our century celebration next year, we have been sifting through a lot of old documents. One gem we found was A Creed for Young America, which was adopted by JA students in 1950.  It captures the spirit of what it means to live in America where we have the… Read More

A New Year, A New Approach

January 2, 2018 3:58 pm

Through JA programming, Hannah Phillip and her classmates wrote a business plan; developed a budget; produced, marketed and sold water bottles; and made a $4,300 profit. Hannah and her fellow entrepreneurs went on to donate the money they made to help bring safe drinking water to communities in need around the world. Hannah credits her… Read More

Technology: Integral to shopping, charitable giving and JA

November 30, 2017 10:55 pm

It’s shopping season – that time of year when retailers battle for gift-giving dollars and Black Friday and Cyber Monday become sacred holiday shopping days. Interestingly, Cyber Monday has overtaken Black Friday as the biggest shopping day of the year. Online giving is growing as well, up 7.9% in 2016. Online, we can research and… Read More

Former teacher helps other educators bring vital JA programs to students

October 25, 2017 7:20 pm

Many years ago, as a high school teacher, I received a phone call from a Junior Achievement program manager who informed me that I had been assigned a Junior Achievement volunteer. This volunteer would be visiting my classroom every Friday for an entire semester to present the JA Company Program to my students. Evidently, the… Read More

Starting Things Up

October 2, 2017 2:50 pm

Fall typically is a time of dormancy – trees lose their leaves, days are shorter and we all prepare for winter. In other words, it’s sweater weather! At JA, however, fall is about starting things up. In September, we hosted the first students of the school year at JA Finance Park, held our first JA… Read More

Ultimate Exercise in Democracy

August 30, 2017 5:21 pm

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year or maybe every four years, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” -Author unknown Last month, JA-Rocky Mountain had the pleasure of co-hosting the JA Western Regional Conference in Denver…. Read More

Building a Cathedral

August 1, 2017 7:56 pm

We are immensely proud of the impact that you help us make on students in our local market. Ensuring that our local young people are prepared for what’s next is what I have dedicated my career to accomplishing. However, at the recent JA Global Leadership Conference in Atlanta, I had the privilege of spending time with… Read More