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

JA Alumna Jaimie Zhu Harnesses the Power of JA

January 29, 2018 4:10 pm

For Jaimie Zhu, currently a software engineer for Facebook in Seattle, JA Business Week was the right JA program, at the right time, to help fuel her academic and career success. Just seven years ago, Jaimie was a freshman at Fairview High School in Boulder, considering what her future might hold. In 2011 and 2013… Read More

Colin Spreier shares lasting influence of JA volunteerism

July 13, 2017 3:38 am

Before he was a JA classroom volunteer, a director at Grant Thornton or a graduate student in accounting at Oklahoma City University, Colin Spreier was a middle school student. He was an eighth grader learning about business, the stock market and the power of money from Jane Haskin, a bank executive and JA volunteer. While… Read More

E-Mentoring Provides Students with Insights into Entrepreneurship

June 28, 2016 9:19 pm

I participated in the 2016 JA Business Week E-mentoring session held at Johnson & Wales University.  This session was similar to  “speed dating” or what I called “speed mentoring.” I talked with six or seven rounds of six to seven students. I wasn’t sure what to expect or how the kids would respond to their… Read More

So, What Exactly IS Business Week?

June 28, 2016 9:16 pm

As a first year JA Business Week student with virtually no previous business experience, I was pleasantly surprised when I was moved to the Track 2 project working with Smoke Barbecue food truck. I had no idea what I was in for and clearly remember one of my company members on the first day asking,… Read More

JA Business Week Gives Kids Vital Skills

June 28, 2016 8:45 pm

As a first-time Company Advisor (CA) who never had the opportunity to attend JA Business Week as a student, I had no idea what the week would have in store for me. I’d heard the hype from veteran CAs and Junior Achievement staffers, but – as I sat in the auditorium with my Company C… Read More

The Good Stuff You Don’t Learn in School

June 28, 2016 8:41 pm

When I first attended JA Business Week following my sophomore year in high school, I was skeptical of what I was getting myself into. I asked myself WHY? Why would I even consider spending my summer doing more school work and sitting all day in classrooms? Well, believe it or not, just a few weeks… Read More