How a Young Woman in Architecture Reimagined Her Potential

May 8, 2019 4:22 pm

The spirit of entrepreneurship is guided by ingenuity, perseverance and an eagerness to learn – qualities that Junior Achievement (JA) alumna Shaian Gutierrez possesses wholeheartedly. Gutierrez participated in JA Business Week and JA Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, and received the JA Inspiration Scholarship in 2018. She plans to pursue her passion for STEM and… 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



“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



JA Scholarship Recipient Empowering Vulnerable Populations

February 6, 2019 6:09 pm

Linda Medina Martinez embodies the spirit of Junior Achievement (JA) with her ingenuity, eagerness to learn, and goal-oriented drive. She participated in JA programs in middle school and later earned the JA Inspiration Scholarship in 2013. The JA Inspiration Scholarship was one of the many tools Medina Martinez used to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in… Read More



Teamwork Skills From JA Are Long-Lasting

January 3, 2019 11:09 pm

Junior Achievement- Rocky Mountain Alumnus and Inspiration Scholarship recipient, Isaac S. Solano, graduated from Denver’s North High School in 2009 and has continued to make JA proud as he follows his passion for education, through education. Following high school, Solano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Chicano and… Read More



“I take my seat at the table”

December 18, 2018 3:47 pm

When she arrived at Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week several years ago, Carol Skelton immediately felt a sense of connectedness with her fellow entrepreneurial-minded peers, a rare experience for a once painfully shy young woman. In Skelton’s words, the “incredible energy” was the reason she attended JA Business Week three years in a row. Now… Read More



College And Elementary Students Learn Life Lessons From Each Other

December 10, 2018 10:17 pm

Going beyond the four walls of a classroom for a learning experience can make some nervous, but for University of Colorado at Denver professor, Candan Duran-Aydintug it was a necessary move for her sociology students, who have been studying poverty and social inequalities, to gain a hands-on learning experience that would stick with them for… Read More



JA Alum Inspires Next Generation of Leaders

December 10, 2018 4:25 pm

Andrew Hewat remembers Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers teaching in his elementary school back in Charlotte, North Carolina. Having the presence of a business leader right there, in his classroom, was one of the first times he can remember having a role model to look up to in another form outside of his teacher or parents…. Read More



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Alum Becomes Top Realtor, Gives Back to JA Students

November 2, 2018 5:36 pm

Starting and running your own business requires a lot of time, tenacity and the ability to wear multiple hats. It can be easy for entrepreneurs to become engulfed in the whirlwind of their business, while also trying to balance a family life and other commitments. Where does volunteering fit in? For business owner and realtor… 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