Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Educator of the Year Award Nominees 2019

May 6, 2019 2:36 pm

Each year, Junior Achievement invites the community to nominate educators for JA’s Educator of the Year Award. These individuals go out of their way to make the JA experience a positive one for volunteers and students, and show enthusiasm for JA’s goal of inspiring and preparing young people to own their economic success. Congratulations to… Read More



FirstBank Employees are “Banking for Good” Through JA Bowl-A-Thon

April 30, 2019 8:09 pm

FirstBank is one of Junior Achievement’s (JA) champion supporters, instilling and implementing the “banking for good” principles through their community partnerships. Cleve Wortham, member of the JA board of directors and President of FirstBank – Denver ensures that employees are assigned specific roles and responsibilities to support JA, especially through JA’s biggest fundraiser, JA Bowl-A-Thon…. Read More



College Students Introduced to Civic Engagement through JA

April 12, 2019 4:56 pm

Learning about civic engagement in the University of Colorado at Denver’s (UCD) communications classes have been helpful to Yvonne Jacob, but it wasn’t until she volunteered with Junior Achievement (JA) at the recommendation of her professor that she knew what it was like to make an impact on her community through service learning. Jacob, along… Read More



When Educators and JA Collaborate, the Benefits are Far-Reaching

April 10, 2019 5:25 pm

To implement Junior Achievement (JA) programs, educators and JA staff are successful when they combine their shared excitement for real-world learning. Principal Ryan Stadler from Campbell Elementary School in Jefferson County is driven to equip young people with applicable skills for 21st century workplace and global economy, so he partners with JA to provide authentic… Read More



JA Business Week Instills a Lifelong Enthusiasm for Entrepreneurship

April 5, 2019 4:25 pm

At Junior Achievement (JA), we believe students should have fun while they’re developing entrepreneurial values and preparing for the 21st century workforce, because the world of business is exciting; filled with new and intriguing opportunities. Many kids first discover their enthusiasm for entrepreneurship through JA, which can last a lifetime. Though he didn’t know what… Read More



A Culture of Giving

April 4, 2019 3:02 pm

For the eighth year in a row, Justin Nelson from SM Energy participated in Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-A-Thon, JA’s biggest fundraiser of the year and a top team-building opportunity for corporations in Colorado. He raised about $1,200 this year alone and because of his commitment to JA’s mission and core values. “I believe that every… Read More



TIAA at Swansea elementary. 3 students in classroom desks.

How Young Is Too Young to Talk About Money?

April 4, 2019 2:55 pm

JA and TIAA tackle the taboo subject of talking about money with kids on Denver’s Money Talk Radio Talking about finances can feel a bit taboo, but money is everywhere in our lives and impacts our families and goals. With financial literacy month upon us, it is the perfect time to talk about why financial… Read More



Volunteering with JA offers young professional “an opportunity for self-growth”

March 25, 2019 3:56 pm

Volunteers are the backbone of Junior Achievement (JA). They generously offer their time, passion, work and life experience with kids in our communities, and without them, our efforts to prepare young people for the 21st century workplace and global economy wouldn’t be possible. JA is fortunate enough to work with young professionals who have a… Read More



Northern Colorado School Counselor Expands JA Scope Throughout Rural Community

March 18, 2019 5:37 pm

JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, was easy for Courtney Fay to pitch to her school district. As a middle school counselor at Chappelow K-8 Arts Magnet School, Fay was thrilled to tell colleagues about the program that meets all 21st century college and work readiness requirements, not to mention its $0 price tag for… Read More



“The Entrepreneurial Hustle”

March 11, 2019 3:40 pm

Maria Borrego recalls a narrow set of goals presented to her as a teen: graduate high school, avoid pregnancy, and pursue a low-wage job. “I grew up in poverty,” Borrego says. “I was never encouraged to go to college, and I was never told how to apply for college or scholarships.” Junior Achievement (JA) Business… Read More





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