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Back to School with JAKC

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

Summer is nearing its end. In past years that means school supply shopping, preparing classrooms, and a sense of new beginnings with opportunity. However, for many this back to school season's uncertainty around COVID-19 is bringing feelings of anxiety. School districts, teachers, and parents around the country are working hard to ensure children can continue learning and...

"Junior Achievement sparked an entrepreneurial fire in Samaiyah!"

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Samaiyah Crawford is a soon-to-be 8th grader at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Middle School. She is looking forward to her last year as a middle schooler. Her priority? Like many students her age, enjoying time with her peers. While chatting with her back in April, she remarked, “I want to hang out with my friends as much as I can before high school. We’re probably going separate ways and...

"Sit next to someone you don't know... you will be glad you did!"

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

At the virtual Future Women's Leadership Forum this past April Crystal Everett, Adriana Vivas, and Nickey Buzek guided attendees through strategies for making the most out of their careers. Read to learn more about their own journeys and what advice they have for young...

"We cannot look away from the strife in our society and become complicit in the systemic bias that pervades our country because this is impacting the futures of our children and our country."

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

A Important Message from Megan Sturges Stanfield, JAKC President &...

"As kids get older they require more from you. Not only as an individual and as a teacher, but as a role model"

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

The first week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. This story of impact ties into that theme perfectly. Read how Nickalas' experiences with Junior Achievement help reinvigorate his passion for teaching, leading him back to a career in the...

Five Kansas City Business Leaders to be Inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame in 2020

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 13, 2020) – Bruce Ianni, Co-founder and CEO of DDSports, and Davyeon Ross, Co-founder and President of DDSports; Christine Kemper, founder of Kemper & Company, LLC, and Sandy Kemper, founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of C2FO; and Peter Mallouk, President of Creative Planning, have been selected as the 2020 business leaders to be inducted into the Junior Achievement of...

"You can see the students transform during the day...the kids love it!”

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

For Volunteer Appreciation Month, we are highlighting the impressive commitment of John Grant, a volunteer of more than 17 years! Read to learn how he's built a unique bond with students and educators during his time in the...

"Mona learned she can start and run a business...it is completely second nature to her now.”

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

For Academie Lafayette student Mona Hurst, a summer JA experience kindled a flame for entrepreneurship. What she learned inspired her to launch a dog walking business and gave her the tools to define her...

“I just love the program and I want to do my part to make sure it continues.”

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Dan's passion for empowering student success inspired him to start volunteering with Junior Achievement several years ago. Recently, he stepped up to be a JAKC board member. Hear how his career and life experiences have influenced his commitment to JA...

“Volunteers are planting a seed that will grow every year."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Jennie reflects on how volunteers and mentors in her own life inspired her to find her niche in the non-profit and educational sectors. Read her perspective on the key ingredient that JA volunteers bring to classrooms in Kansas City and how they guide older students to success after...



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