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



Trip Home Sparks Passion for JA Volunteer

December 10, 2018 10:13 pm

On a recent trip home to Wisconsin, Junior Achievement volunteer Tom Durkin asked his nieces, both in their late teens, about their future plans. To his surprise, both girls expressed wariness of big business as a career path.  Neither understood what a dynamic country this is and how this economy encourages entrepreneurs to create and… 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



President’s Message: Pump Up the Bacon Jam

September 4, 2018 7:00 pm

I love farmers markets. Amid all the tents and colorful signs, there’s something charming about discovering unique foods not available in a brick and mortar store and having a direct connection to fresh, locally grown produce. But to me, the most exciting aspect of farmers markets is having conversations with the farmers and vendors who… Read More



American Furniture Warehouse Partnership Helping Thousands of Students Learn Financial Responsibility

August 23, 2018 5:39 pm

Imagine you were able to practice being an adult before you actually became one. Do you wish you had a greater understanding of taxes or insurance? Maybe you wish you had some guidance on family budgeting. Junior Achievement’s (JA)  Finance Park, presented by Transamerica, located inside of American Furniture Warehouse (AFW) in Thornton, CO, enables teens… Read More



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