High Demand Spurs JA Expansion in Wyoming

June 4, 2019 3:20 pm

A lot more students in Wyoming ended the school year this year with sharpened financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and 21st century work skills. That’s because Junior Achievement (JA) has expanded its presence in Wyoming with more classroom and community partnerships to better serve rural youth thanks to a growing volunteer base and significant financial support from… Read More



State Farm and Junior Achievement Collaborate for Northern Colorado Youth

May 30, 2019 3:10 pm

State Farm announced today that they are contributing $10,000 to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) to provide financial education programs to middle and high school students in Larimer and Weld counties in Colorado, bringing the company’s total support of JA in northern Colorado to more than $175,000 since 1996. JA is a nonprofit organization that empowers… 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



Hands-On Activities at Otter Products Headquarters Help JA High School Students Become Career-Ready

March 4, 2019 11:49 pm

Last week at the Otter Products headquarters in Fort Collins, a group of teenagers twirled green pipe cleaners into each other’s hair, explaining to their class the benefits and ease of their new “product” – a multifunctional hair accessory. Fashioning pipe cleaners into a product and presenting an advertisement wasn’t simply for amusement, though. Behind… Read More



Reaching Rural Students Requires Innovative Partnerships

May 1, 2018 3:01 pm

By Elizabeth Winn,  JA District Director, Northern Colorado & Wyoming I’m a product of rural America (and a proud one at that). I grew up in the Nebraska panhandle in a small town not far from my grandparents’ farm. Rural communities feed America through farming and ranching and supply most of the country’s energy. I… Read More



New York Life Supports Financial Literacy in Rural Colorado

March 27, 2018 3:47 am

Rural education in Colorado is facing significant challenges. A primary concern, as noted in Colorado Governor Hickenlooper’s 2018 State of the State address, is the growing shortage of educators in small rural communities. New York Life Insurance Company is bolstering education in rural areas through a Community Impact Grant of $20,000 presented to JA specifically… Read More



State Farm Empowers Youth in Northern Colorado

May 1, 2017 10:31 pm

Thanks to a recent grant of $15K from State Farm, an increasing number of K-12 students in Larimer and Weld counties in Northern Colorado will benefit from JA programs. “We have experienced significant yearly growth in our local outreach efforts, and the potential for continued growth is huge,” said JA District Director Elizabeth Winn. “As… Read More



JA Trap Tournament

October 9, 2015 11:39 pm

JA held its first ever Trap Tournament on Oct. 2, 2015 at the Longmeadow Game Resort and Event Center in Wiggins, CO. Eleven teams participated in this unique fundraiser. Congratulations to the first place team from Encore Electric! The tournament raised $18,125 that will be used to provide JA programs to 453 Northern Colorado students… Read More



Nicole Reeves

“Through JA, I can empower a young person”

April 29, 2015 6:55 pm

Nicole Staudinger’s first experience with Junior Achievement dates back nearly 15 years. As a new officer for FirstBank, Nicole was introduced to Junior Achievement through the JA Bowl-A-Thon. She started volunteering in the classroom and after her first class of first graders, she was hooked! In the past 15 years, Nicole has volunteered to teach… Read More



“I found my niche”

February 25, 2015 5:15 pm

Charles McCarthy found his place in Junior Achievement while talking with a friend, Bob Yager. Bob challenged Charlie with the simple task to “teach the kids.” Bob invited Charlie to be a guest presenter for his  8th grade JA class where he was to teach the students about how to write a business plan. What started out… Read More