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 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

October heralds the official start of Autumn. It brings with it a few of my favorite things: crisp breezes, cozy sweaters, and warm tea. Last week, I added a new-found joy to this year’s fall favorites list: hearing the excited voices of students as they walk into JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Last Friday, we hosted our very first group of 5th graders hailing from...

"Kids really do look up to us. Even though it’s one day, you could potentially change the whole course of someone’s life."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Laura Jones recently raised her hand to open CommunityAmerica Credit Union’s newest branch. When she signed up for the job, she knew it might be a little different than normal. The reason? The new branch is located inside JA BizTown presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union! In the real world, Laura works as a regional market director for the organization, but in JA BizTown she volunteered to...

You are showing kids what can be accomplished through the power of intention and determination.

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

Collaboration. Partnership. Teamwork. In every Junior Achievement experience, kids practice these crucial competencies to prepare themselves to become engaged participants in their future workplace and community. When you join forces with Junior Achievement, you show kids how much you value their...

"We would not be at JA BizTown right now if it wasn’t for you. THANK YOU!!"

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Poll any citizen of the newly opened JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, on what one word describes their time in the simulated city and you’re likely to get the same enthusiastic response: FUN! In August, more than two hundred young people from Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City became JA BizTown Citizens for a day as part of the program’s pilot...

Why Work Needs Meaning - A Thought Leadership Blog

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

Much has been made in recent months about “The Great Resignation,” the tendency of young workers, primarily Millennials and Generation Z, to quit their jobs to pursue higher-paying, higher growth opportunities. According to a recent survey by Adobe, factors contributing to turnover include pandemic-related burnout, the repetitiveness of duties, poor work/life balance, and general job...

You might end up surprising yourself with what you are capable of.

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

More than a decade ago, first-grader Kat Riggs struggled with a seemingly insurmountable obstacle: designing a poster about money. She laughed, “I remember being upset on the bathroom floor saying, ‘I don’t want to do this, and I don’t know what to do!’” Her teacher, Susan Robards, had introduced Kat and her Notre Dame de Sion classmates to Junior Achievement programs. After they finished their JA...

Junior Achievement kids are counting on us to support their success this school year and beyond.

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

This back-to-school season has a familiar air of uncertainty. This time last year, parents, teachers, and schools were redefining what education meant in the shadow of a pandemic. Together, we pivoted through remote learning, mask wearing, and helping kids understand learning was more important than ever before. Now, a year later, we are still navigating what feels like the same landscape and...

Nuvo360's Innovative Technology Empowers Junior Achievement Champions to See JA BizTown Anywhere!

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Nuvo360 graciously partnered with Junior Achievement to create a 3D virtual walkthrough for JA BizTown Presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Learn more about how Nuvo360 can bring your office, home, or facility alive with interactive 3D...

I’ve fallen in love with JA because it gives kids the skills to participate in their community.

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Elizabeth Hughes has a unique perspective not many other Junior Achievement Champions can claim. She has experienced JA as a student, facilitated it as a volunteer, and welcomed it into her classroom as an educator. This rare triple-feat gives you an idea of the passion Elizabeth has for helping children...

A New Year and a New Board for Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

July marks the start of a new year at Junior Achievement and with that I am excited to welcome new and returning members to the Junior Achievement Board! The incredible leadership demonstrated by our board over the past year was key in helping Junior Achievement navigate 2020. Through every surprise, challenge, and success of the last twelve months, I have had the honor of working alongside a...



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