Category: Alumni

March 18, 2021

Alumna Credits JA with Launching Her College Career

University of Denver student Janeth Mancha learned of Junior Achievement as an elementary student when her older brother talked about his experience in JA. “Back when I was in third...

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January 19, 2021

Alumnus Gains Career Direction from JA

Chase Ferdinandsen is a vice president and financial consultant with Charles Schwab in Lone Tree, Colorado. Back in the ninth grade in Evergreen, Colorado, like most students, he had little...

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November 5, 2020

JA Alum Providing Individuals on Probation a Chance for Success

Imagine that your ankle has something bulky and uncomfortable wrapped around it. Worst of all, it tells the world that you’ve made a bad life choice. That’s the reality for...

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October 26, 2020

JA Alumna Comes Full Circle

As a manager for National Learning and Professional Development at RSM LLP, Erica Costanzo develops learning strategies and curricula. Her first experience with Junior Achievement (JA) was learning to balance...

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May 25, 2020

New JA Alumni Survey Demonstrates Impact of JA for Participants and Communities

A new survey of 1,002 Junior Achievement alumni conducted by Ipsos, one of the world’s leading market research firms, finds that JA programs had a strong impact on JA participants’...

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March 6, 2020

Charles Schwab redefines “investment”

JA volunteers with Charles Schwab at 2019 JA Stock Market Challenge Whether they’re throwing strikes at Junior Achievement (JA) Bowl-A-Thon, hosting thousands high school students at the JA Stock Market...

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May 8, 2019

How a Young Woman in Architecture Reimagined Her Potential

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...

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April 5, 2019

JA Business Week Instills a Lifelong Enthusiasm for Entrepreneurship

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...

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March 11, 2019

“The Entrepreneurial Hustle”

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...

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