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



Witnessing opportunity and liberation emerge

June 27, 2017 2:26 pm

When I was in my 20s, my Mom retired from teaching accounting at the University of Colorado and joined the Peace Corps. As you might know, the Peace Corps assigns volunteers to work on two-year projects in countries around the world to promote peace and improve their citizens’ quality of life. What you might not… Read More



Roots and Wings

May 30, 2017 10:44 pm

We just finished celebrating our youngest son’s graduation from CSU. He finished his accounting degree and now we are in the process of packing him up to start his new job in DC. Holy cow! Wasn’t he just starting kindergarten five minutes ago? I know the term “commencement” means a beginning or a start… so… Read More



Steeped in Tradition

May 2, 2017 3:01 pm

I recently had the awesome opportunity to take a bucket-list trip with dear friends to the 2017 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. They call the Masters “a tradition unlike any other” and I now understand why. It’s easy to equate the Masters with green jackets, but every aspect of the week is steeped in tradition…. Read More



Mental trickery wreaks havoc on college planning

February 27, 2017 3:13 pm

March traditionally is the snowiest month of the year in Colorado. We know this! In our eagerness to welcome spring, however, we often forget. We plant seeds, pack away our parkas and buy those cute new sandals. Then, a snowstorm like the record-breaker we experienced in 2003 happens, which dropped 32 inches of snow on… Read More



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



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



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



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