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

JA Bowl-A-Thon Coordinator Finds Unique Way to Impact Future

May 30, 2018 5:29 pm

Supporting JA students doesn’t mean that you have to present JA programs in the classroom or volunteer at JA Finance Park. There are many ways to lend your skills and talents to helping young people develop a passion for financial literacy and self-sufficiency. For Serena Valdivia, market manager for TCF Bank, that opportunity comes in… Read More

Energy Companies Power JA

May 1, 2018 9:36 pm

Colorado energy companies comprise a large portion of JA supporters.  In fact, during the Spring JA Bowl-A-Thon season, several companies are participating in the JA Bowl-A-Thon Energy Challenge, competing to see which company raises the most money overall, and which company raises the most money per bowler. The Energy Challenge winners will be announced in… Read More

Reaching Rural Students Requires Innovative Partnerships

May 1, 2018 3:01 pm

By Elizabeth Winn,  JA District Director, Northern Colorado & Wyoming I’m a product of rural America (and a proud one at that). I grew up in the Nebraska panhandle in a small town not far from my grandparents’ farm. Rural communities feed America through farming and ranching and supply most of the country’s energy. I… Read More

Chuck Knezevich: A Committed JA Volunteer on the Move

April 30, 2018 2:28 pm

After a career spent in manufacturing, computers and project management, Charles (Chuck) Knezevich now spends much of his free time mentoring young people. In addition to working with high school students through his volunteer work with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Chuck has volunteered with Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) since 2011, working primarily with elementary school students… Read More

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