Imagine a generation where young people, no matter their background, know how to budget, save, and invest. A generation that is armed with the self-determination, confidence, and understanding to take control of their financial futures and their careers. A generation that no longer wonders what they are going to do as adults, but instead asks, “what kind of innovator do I want to be?“
The JA Free Enterprise Center will house two state-of-the-art learning labs, the JA Dream Accelerator® and JA Finance Park.® Together, they will fuse the physical and digital worlds to deliver innovative, real-world, and inspirational learning experiences in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness, reaching an additional 90,000 students by 2025.
When not in use by JA, spaces within the JA Free Enterprise Center will be available for community use, including conference rooms, a large terrace overlooking the Rocky Mountains, and event space with capacity for 80-150 people.
The JA Dream Accelerator® is an exciting responsive career exploration experience that picks up where career assessments leave off. Utilizing RFID technology, the JA Dream Accelerator brings careers to life by sharing stories of emerging entrepreneurs and Colorado Business Hall of Fame inductees tailored to each student’s interests and aptitudes, encouraging them to develop a plan to achieve their goals.
A second JA Finance Park® in Denver Metro will double JA’s capacity to provide teens the opportunity to become adults for the day in this immersive simulation. Recognized by Harvard University as a best practice for teaching financial literacy, students explore a mini-city, learning first-hand how to budget for housing, insurance, transportation, retirement investments, and more. Volunteer role models share their experiences, helping teens connect their learning to the real-world.
JA’s charitable gift need for the JA Free Enterprise Center is $20 million, which will help us empower 90,000 more students by 2025. We have already raised $12.1 million towards this goal. Additionally, thanks in part to a generous donation, we have already acquired property for the new facility on the corner of Greenwood Plaza Dr. and Fiddler’s Green Cir. in the Denver Tech Center.
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To make a legacy gift, or to learn more about naming opportunities for the JA Free Enterprise Center, please contact Robin Wise at RWise@JAColorado.org.