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"This is a necessity. It needs to be in EVERY urban school."

 By Erika O'Shea

Community Involvement

In August, Patrice Wright took a couple hours out of her day to tour the new Junior Achievement Youth Learning Lab presented by the Mallouk Family Foundation with her colleagues. Patrice, a sixth grade English Language Arts teacher at Lee A. Tolbert Community Academy (LATCA), didn’t know much about Junior Achievement before driving over that day. “It was my first experience – I was wowed!” The...

Reach out to a teacher, during this season of gratitude, and say thank you!

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield

Community Involvement

November is a lively time for Junior Achievement. In the past month, the team has hustled to coordinate classroom sessions and visits to JA BizTown, presented by CommunityAmerica Credit Union, with schools before the holidays. Staff have gathered and shared impactful stories created by volunteers and donors this year in latest edition of the annual Gratitude Report. Last week, JA Champions came...

Your involvement in these children’s lives gives them the real-world connection they need now more than ever.

 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...

"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...

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...

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...



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