Majority of Teens are Worried About their Parents’ Preparedness to Retire, Know Little About Planning for their Own Retirement

September 25, 2018 2:29 pm

A new survey by Junior Achievement and AIG reveals the retirement plans and attitudes of U.S. Teens A new survey by Junior Achievement USA and global insurance company AIG finds that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teens are concerned about their parents’ preparedness for retirement while demonstrating a lack of education about their own. Sixty-nine… Read More



President’s Message: Pump Up the Bacon Jam

September 4, 2018 7:00 pm

I love farmers markets. Amid all the tents and colorful signs, there’s something charming about discovering unique foods not available in a brick and mortar store and having a direct connection to fresh, locally grown produce. But to me, the most exciting aspect of farmers markets is having conversations with the farmers and vendors who… Read More



American Furniture Warehouse Partnership Helping Thousands of Students Learn Financial Responsibility

August 23, 2018 5:39 pm

Imagine you were able to practice being an adult before you actually became one. Do you wish you had a greater understanding of taxes or insurance? Maybe you wish you had some guidance on family budgeting. Junior Achievement’s (JA)  Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, located inside of American Furniture Warehouse (AFW) in Thornton, CO, enables teens… Read More



JA teaches alumna the power of “Yes!”

August 16, 2018 7:20 pm

For Kaitlin Eckenrode, Junior Achievement Business Week was one of the most empowering experiences of her life. Six years ago, Kaitlin attended her first Junior Achievement Business Week where her team won the Jamba Juice Challenge. She continued to attend JA Business Week for three consecutive years, learning valuable skills that have shaped her college… Read More



Western Union Support Leads to Successful Student Outcomes

July 31, 2018 2:33 pm

Listening attentively to Heather Kingsley, a volunteer from Western Union, students at Rock Canyon High School gain insights into the characteristics and skills employers look for in new hires.  JA Personal Success, presented by Western Union, is a standout JA program that teaches young people the personal success skills that will help them find and… Read More



JA Business Week Has Lasting Impact on JA Alumnus

July 24, 2018 11:00 am

Nick Quinlan, senior partner, Major League Hacking, describes JA Business Week as “something key to my young adult experience.” From 2007 to 2010, Nick Quinlan attended JA Business Week, where he excelled at activities like the Spoonbender Challenge and Mocktails. As Nick shared, “I went on to use the lessons learned from these JA Business… Read More



President’s Message: Inspired to Action

June 28, 2018 4:10 pm

We’ve all heard rousing speeches, read stirring books, and watched exciting movies. But what makes something meaningful, rather than simply enjoyable, is the action that results. As author Mary Morrissey says, “Inspiration, without action, is merely entertainment.” In fact, inspire is a word of action – it comes from the Latin word that means to… Read More



JA Volunteer of the Year: Brian Sowl

June 25, 2018 8:20 pm

JA’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year was nominated not once, not twice, not even three times. Brian Sowl was nominated for this honor four times by people who all recognize his passion and dedication to ensuring that JA students are prepared for their futures. Brian leads the JA support efforts at Nelnet. He has supported… Read More



JA Educator of the Year: Dan Walter

June 25, 2018 6:31 pm

JA’s success relies heavily on educators and their willingness to embrace the program and invite volunteers into their classrooms to work with students. JA’s 2018 Educator of the Year, Dan Walter, is a social studies teacher at West Early College who has enthusiastically embraced everything JA has to offer his students. In addition to welcoming… Read More



JA Advocate of the Year: Heather Kingsley

June 25, 2018 6:22 pm

Her energy and enthusiasm for teaching young people is infectious and her endless passion for promoting Junior Achievement (JA) within her company is truly remarkable. It’s no wonder that Heather Kingsley, Sr. Specialist, Financial Crimes Compliance Operations, for Western Union, has been honored as JA’s 2018 Advocate of the Year. Heather has been a JA… Read More





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