Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.

A nonprofit organization


Testimonials

"What was really impactful for me as a student was just the presence of community leaders in the classroom. Just seeing the role models in a different form than a teacher, seeing business leaders, seeing that presence in the classroom and that relation to the real world especially at such a young age, it was always so impactful for me. It really helped me have a sense of economics and it's what started to drive my passion." - Andrew Hewat, JA alumnus

"Today was really exciting and new, being in an area where you're basically an adult [at JA Finance Park]. There are a lot of things here that are really interesting. My favorite part was talking to the volunteers and learning about how we're going to spend our money." - Leslie, student at Salida del Sol Academy

"I joined JA Business Week and that's the moment I feel my life changed. This is the moment where I learned how to become more confident and be a better networker, how to present myself to people. This is where I met some of my mentors, some of the people that have been helping me throughout my life…I'm now going to CU Denver, studying finance. I joined the portfolio management club at my college where we look at stocks and present stocks and invest in different companies. I'm with a startup called PocketChange doing brand outreach. What I want for the future is to become a CFO for a company." - Daniel Rivera Ibara, JA Alumnus

"When you're bringing in volunteers - actual professionals - who can say 'I am in the workforce, I am experiencing the world, and I have a job, and here are some of the things that I may do,' I think kids see the authenticity. They're learning from a professional who is out and experiencing their work every day, and I think kids take a great deal away from that." - Ryan Stadler, Campbell Elementary School Principal

Mission

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Background Statement

Too many kids do not have access to education crucial for their future success: personal financial responsibility, budgeting, critical thinking, career readiness, and demonstrating an entrepreneurial drive. Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) exists so that all kids, regardless of background, receive the tools they need to build a future for themselves in which they are optimistic, economically self-sufficient, determined, and highly skilled, with a belief in the power of free enterprise.

To accomplish this, JA provides in-school and off-site experiential programs to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, delivered by corporate and community volunteers, who provide a real-world perspective in the areas of career readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. There is no cost for schools to implement JA programming.

The first Junior Achievement in the U.S. was founded in 1919 with the goal of teaching children about "the obligations and responsibilities belonging to citizenship" and to help young people understand concepts related to "thrift, economy, and industry." JA's purpose today is to prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion for free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy.

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain was established in 1950, serving the Metro Denver region, Routt County, northern Colorado, and Wyoming. During the 2022-23 school year, JA-Rocky Mountain reached more than 68,000 students.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.

other names

JA

Year Established

1950

Tax id (EIN)

84-0430495

Category

Youth Development

Organization Size

Large Organization

Address

6500 Greenwood Plaza Blvd
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Other

295 E. 29th Street Suite 30
Loveland, CO 80538

Service areas

CO, US

WY, US

Phone

303-534-5252

Other

970-490-1035

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