National Entrepreneurship Month Research Shows 41 Percent of Teens Would Consider Starting a Business as a Career Option

New research from Junior Achievement and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) shows that 41 percent of teens would consider entrepreneurship as a career option, verson working in a traditional job.  At the same time, 61 percent of teen girls have thought about starting a business, compared to 54% of boys.  Read the Press Release.

Teens Gain Hands-on Investing Experience in a Live, High-tech Stock Trading Simulation

More than 1,200 students from 33 area high schools will compete in the Junior Achievement (JA) Stock Market Challenge on November 8 and 9 at The Cable Center on the University of Denver campus.   Read the Press Release.

State Farm® and Junior Achievement Collaborate for Northern Colorado Youth

State Farm recently contributed $10,000 to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA). The contribution directly support JA’s financial education programs for K-12 students in Larimer and Weld counties. Since 1996, State Farm has contributed more than $165,000 to JA- Rocky Mountain Inc. Read the Press Release


Majority of Teens are Worried About their Parents’ Preparedness to Retire, Know Little About Planning for their Own Retirement

New Survey by Junior Achievement and AIG Reveals Retirement Plans and Attitudes of U.S. Teens Aged 13-18

A new survey by Junior Achievement USA and AIG finds that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teens are concerned about their parents’ preparedness for retirement while demonstrating a lack of education about their own. Sixty-nine percent of young adults ages 13-18 say they know little or nothing about financial planning. Read the Press Release


250 Colorado Students to Join Entrepreneurs for Denver Startup Week

For the second year, nearly 250 Colorado students as young as six and as old as eighteen will learn and network side-by-side with local entrepreneurs and business leaders during Denver Startup Week. “Denver Startup Week Youth Pass” enables students to sit in the same workshops as adult professionals and to pitch their business ideas to Colorado entrepreneurs. Read the Press Release


City of Aurora Employees Teach JA at Kenton Elementary

Thirty-six employees from the City of Aurora took advantage of the eight hours of volunteer time the city gives them each year, and spent time in May teaching JA in a Day at Kenton Elementary School. Teaching students the value of money and skills that will prepare them for the future, Aurora volunteers set out to empower the next generation of leaders. Vew the report that aired on Aurora TV.


Research Reveals Boys’ Interest in STEM Careers Declining

June 1, 2018 – Year two of Junior Achievement & EY survey of 13-17-year olds shows how teens’ career ambitions, educational priorities and economic outlook have significantly shifted in one year.  Read the Press Release


One-Third of College Freshmen Have Less than $1,000 in College Savings; Neither High School nor College Students are Prepared to Manage the Cost of College

May 8, 2018 – New Study from Junior Achievement and Citizens Bank shows college freshmen are not much more prepared to pay for college than their high school peers.  Read the Press Release


TIAA Celebrates 100 Years, Teaches Kids About Money Management

April 19, 2018 – TIAA marks its 100th Anniversary this year – one hundred years of helping public and nonprofit employees manage their financial futures and realize their dreams.  Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) is proud to be one of five local partners that TIAA employees are teaming up with during the next few months.  Read the Press Release


JA Stock Market Challenge presented by Charles Schwab takes place March 14 & 15

March 12, 2018 – Nearly 1,400 students from 33 area high schools will compete in the JA Stock Market Challenge on March 14 and 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charles Schwab Campus Event Center (9899 Schwab Way, Lone Tree). The JA Stock Market Challenge, presented by Charles Schwab, is a live stock market simulation game, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can grow their initial $500,000 investment into the largest net worth “mock” stock portfolio. Read the Press Release


Daniels Fund Grant Enables JA to Deliver Ongoing Positive Outcomes for Colorado Kids

March 6, 2018 – The Daniels Fund recently awarded $675,000 to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) to support JA Finance Park and to help JA focus on new initiatives that help ensure positive educational outcomes for students over the next three years. Read the Press Release


Students learn in real-time, simulated stock market

November 3, 2017 – When you get a bunch of teenagers together like Angel Hernandez, of course, they’re going to eat pizza — and trade stocks.  Watch the 9 News Story


2018 Colorado Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

Oct. 16, 2017 – The 2018 Colorado Business Hall of Fame  Laureates, selected for their enduring and innovative professional contributions to Colorado, inspirational and ethical acumen and philanthropic endeavors, will be inducted at the 28th annual event dinner on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. Read the Press Release


Students Learn Business at Denver Startup Week

Sept. 28, 2017 – Denver Startup Week is a free event to celebrate business innovation. It is normally reserved for local business professionals. But Junior achievement teamed up with Young Americans Center for Financial Education to bring students to this Denver Startup Week for the first time. Watch the Story


CF Bank Donates $25,000 to JA-Rocky Mountain

July 26, 2017 – TCF National Bank (TCF Bank), a subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation (TCF) (NYSE: TCF), and Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain announced on July 26, 2017, that TCF donated more than $25,000 this year with the help of customers, team members, and the TCF Foundation. This money will support local students in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. In-branch donations were collected at 32 TCF Bank branches in Colorado. Read the Press Release 


Transamerica Announces Presenting Sponsorship of JA Finance Park

July 10, 2017 – Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) and Transamerica are committed to providing students a real-world perspective of personal finance – one that is current, practical and easy to understand. In support of that commitment, Transamerica is now the presenting sponsor of JA’s experiential program, JA Finance Park, a Harvard-recognized financial literacy program that helps middle and high school students build financial skills for life. Read the Press Release


Girls Still Lag Behind Boys in Pursuit of STEM Careers, Junior Achievement Says

June 19, 2017 – According to a new survey conducted by Junior Achievement USA, a large gap still exists between the number of boys and girls interested in pursuing STEM-related careers. More than one-third (36 percent) of boys aim to pursue careers in STEM fields, while only 11 percent of girls demonstrate similar interest. Read the full story printed in Westword


300 Staples associates assemble 5,000 backpacks for local schools

June 14, 2017 – Staples hosts its first Backpack-A-Thon at the Staples Delivery Center in Aurora, CO (13800 E. 39th Avenue) on Wednesday, June 14 where 300 Staples associates and volunteers will assemble 5,000 backpacks with 110,000 school supplies to help children start the school year off right. Each of the backpacks will be stuffed with age appropriate school supplies donated by Staples and its vendors and personalized notes for local underprivileged school children wishing them success in the coming school year. In partnership with Erica Rae’s Kids and Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, the assembled backpacks will be delivered to six school districts: Aurora, Brighton, Denver, Jefferson County, Sheridan, and Westminster for distribution to children in need. Read the Media Advisory


200 High School Students to Attend Summer Business Boot Camp

June 5, 2017 – More than 200 Colorado high school students are attending Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week, a residential business boot camp presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc. from June 11 to 16 on the campus of Johnson & Wales University. These 9th through 12th grade students are part of a growing group of young innovators who are anxious to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the business world. Read the Press Release


State Farm™ Awards Grant to JA, Supports Financial Education

May 19, 2017 – State Farm recently contributed $15,000 to Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) to provide financial education programs to K-12 students in Larimer and Weld counties in Northern Colorado.

State Farm believes that all children deserve an education that will help them reach their greatest potential and prepare them for life. This belief aligns well with JA’s mission to prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. Read the Press Release


City of Aurora Employees Teach JA at Kenton Elementary

May 5, 2017 – Fifty-eight employees from the City of Aurora took advantage of the eight hours of volunteer time the city gives them each year, and spent April 28 teaching JA in a Day at Kenton Elementary School. Teaching students the value of money and skills that will prepare them for the future, Aurora volunteers set out to empower the next generation of leaders. Vew the report that aired on Aurora TV.


It Takes a Village to Ensure Financial Literacy Among Youth

April 18, 2017 – You have likely heard the statistics. Most Americans can’t pass a basic financial literacy quiz, they aren’t saving enough for retirement, and they consider money to be a top source of stress. The fundamental truth: we face a shortage of informed decision making about money management.  Read the Op-Ed written by Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver Market President for Bank of America.


Third Annual Charity Ascent to Hike Mount Bierdstadt

April 10, 2017 – Transworld Business Advisors of Denver announces its third annual Charity Ascent – a hike up one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners, Mount Bierstadt. The event will take place on Fri., Aug. 18, is open to the public, and will benefit Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain. Now in its third year, the climb was developed by Jessica and Al Fialkovich, founders of Transworld Denver.  Read the Press Release


JA Stock Market Challenge presented by Charles Schwab, April 6 & 7

Aapril 3, 2017 – Nearly 1,000 students from 22 area high schools will compete in the JA Stock Market Challenge on April 6 and 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charles Schwab Campus Event Center (9899 Schwab Way, Lone Tree). The JA Stock Market Challenge, presented by Charles Schwab, is a live stock market simulation game, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can grow their initial $500,000 investment into the largest net worth “mock” stock portfolio. Read the Press Release


Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Recieves 2016 Peak Performance Team Award

March 23, 2017 – Junior Achievement USA has recognized the staff and board of directors of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain with the 2015/16 Peak Performance Team Award. The Peak Performance Team Award was created to recognize outstanding performance by a local Junior Achievement office team during the past fiscal year. Read the Press Release


Registration is open for JA Business Week: Teens Work with Real Colorado Companies to Gain 21st Century Skills

Jan. 17, 2017 – Junior Achievement (JA) is pleased to announce that registration for JA Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc., is now open at www.JABusinessWeek.org. This overnight summer experience (June 11 – 16, 2017) prepares high school students for what’s next by giving them the opportunity to experience college life on the Johnson & Wales University campus while working on projects for Colorado companies, including the Fort Collins-based Otterbox and Centennial-based Arrow Electronics. Read the Press Release


Estes Park Elementary Brings Junior Achievement to Students in 2017

Dec. 9, 2016 – In partnership with the Estes Park School District and local business leaders, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain will bring financial literacy curriculum to Estes Park Elementary in Spring 2017. Read the article


JA brings business into to the classroom

Nov. 18, 2016 – JA serves as a bridge that delivers experienced and knowledgeable volunteers into the classrooms of everyday students. Read the Article