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

Michael Taylor

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

Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way of JA

October 30, 2018 4:01 pm

Fear of the unknown can sometimes prevent individuals from committing to volunteer with Junior Achievement (JA). Volunteer Parker Ridgely remembers this feeling very well. “I recall thinking I was not going to have enough time in my schedule to prepare before I walked into my first JA classroom,” says Ridgley. “I wondered what the teacher… Read More

Just One of the Cool Kids

October 9, 2018 2:58 pm

Karen Griffith learns something new every day. Volunteering with Junior Achievement in both elementary and middle schools for the past 10 years, Griffith recently learned alongside her JA students about wire transfers, exchange rates, and world markets in the JA Global Marketplace program. “I’m just one of the cool kids in class learning right there… 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

Chuck Knezevich: A Committed JA Volunteer on the Move

April 30, 2018 2:28 pm

After a career spent in manufacturing, computers and project management, Charles (Chuck) Knezevich now spends much of his free time mentoring young people. In addition to working with high school students through his volunteer work with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Chuck has volunteered with Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) since 2011, working primarily with elementary school students… Read More

JA-Rocky Mountain Board Member Receives National Award for Volunteerism

March 28, 2018 10:09 pm

We are proud to announce that Steve Kinsley, JA-Rocky Mountain board member and president of Kinsley Meetings, has been chosen from hundreds of thousands of U.S. volunteers as one of 10 recipients of Junior Achievement’s most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award. Junior Achievement’s Gold Leadership Award honors volunteer excellence, recognizing leadership in support of… Read More

Advice from a leading JA Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser

February 28, 2018 4:46 pm

Each year, more than 4,000 participants team up with friends and colleagues to bowl for JA students during the JA Bowl-A-Thon. These dedicated supporters aren’t just bowling – they’re raising more than $1 million to ensure that students in Colorado and Wyoming receive JA programs at no cost. Byron Ferguson, software development manager with Nelnet,… Read More