1445 Market Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
President and CEO
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919. Locally, JA-Rocky Mountain has been empowering young people to own their economic success since 1950.
Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and in our mountain communities
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.
But Junior Achievement is not just a mission – it’s a movement. A movement to ensure that our young people are better off than the generations who came before them; to inspire and prepare every student, no matter what their background, to reach their potential.
JA fills a critical gap by providing real-world business volunteers who reach students through hands-on experiential learning. And we do it all at no cost to schools.
Research shows that:
• JA alumni start businesses at a rate 2½ times higher than the general population
• JA alumni earn 20% more than the general population
• 75% of JA alumni have a positive view of the American economic system
• JA alumni are 30% more likely to have a 4-year degree than the general population
During the 2016/17 school year, JA will mobilize 6,000 passionate community volunteers to deliver our vital business and financial literacy curriculum to 138,000 local students.
Events and Opportunities
Colorado Business Hall of Fame
January 26, 2017
Underwritten by UMB Bank and jointly hosted by Junior Achievement and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, this black-tie affair honors the lasting contributions of some of our state’s most intrepid business and civic leaders and visionaries. The 2017 laureates being honored at this year’s event are Sue Anschutz-Rogers, Joe Blake, Terry Considine, Curtis Fentress, George and David Griffith and Ronald Moore. Tables of 10 start at $3,250 and individual tickets are $325 each.
Spring & Fall
Junior Achievement’s largest annual fundraising event, JA Bowl-A-Thon, serves as an excellent teambuilding activity for participating companies and community members. Teams, consisting of five bowlers, raise an average of $750 per team. Funds directly support JA’s educational outreach efforts. Sponsorships are also available.
JA Stock Market Challenge
The JA Stock Market Challenge is a unique stock market simulation that tests participants’ investing skills. Corporate teams take to the trading floor for this fast-paced, fun-filled night of friendly competition. Proceeds allow local high school students to participate in the student version of this event. Sponsorships and trading teams of eight are available starting at $3,000.
JA Golf Classic & Silent Auction
Junior Achievement’s annual golf tournament is ideal for offering first-rate client entertainment or for just relaxing on the links. This premier event includes a pre-tournament dinner and silent auction. Sponsorships are available and silent auction item donations are accepted. The cost is $7,500 per foursome.
Volunteering with Junior Achievement is a fun, flexible and rewarding way to impact the lives of local students. JA’s volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster career-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. JA provides comprehensive training, curriculum and support for volunteers.
Elementary School Programs
JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics.
Middle School Programs
The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in JA’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future.
High School Programs
JA’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future by fostering business knowledge and professional skills.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in one of JA’s in-depth capstone experiences. For example, JA Finance Park, presented by Empower Retirement, gives middle and high school students the opportunity to make the same financial decisions adults make each month. JA Business Week, presented by Arrow Electronics, Inc., is an annual one-of-a-kind summer camp that lets high school students experience the business world and develop leadership skills.
Depending on the program you choose, your volunteer commitment could vary from a single school day to a series of hour-long weekly visits. For more information, contact Meg Chapman at MChapman@JAColorado.org or 303-628-7379.
All of our programs are provided to schools at no cost. All money raised is utilized locally to provide programs to Colorado students. Giving options include:
• $40 enables one elementary or middle school student to participate in JA
• $100 purchases one kit of classroom materials
• $350 provides a scholarship to a JA Business Week student
• $600 enables 15 students to attend JA Finance Park
• $1,200 provides an entire high school classroom with a JA program
Three easy ways to make a donation:
Online: Visit www.JAColorado.org and click on “Donate”
By Mail: Send your donation to:
1455 Market St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202
By Phone: Contact Kristi Shaffer at KShaffer@JAColorado.org or 303-628-7365