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"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...

"It was eye opening to explain savings to the kids....some have had exposure, but many have not."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Peter found the perfect fit giving time to Junior Achievement through the JA-in-1-Day format. See how his experience team-teaching a Kindergarten class with his colleagues turned him into a JA advocate back in his...

“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...

"Our JA leaders taught us you're never too young to have dreams or set goals for yourself. They showed us if you aim high, you will get there!"

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

De'Onta and De'Na Newborn, JA Champions and Alums, have a bright future ahead of them. Their JA Mentors have helped them explore their potential and envision their futures. Now, the twin siblings are looking back on their time in Junior Achievement and reflecting on the impact it has had in their...

"Junior Achievement's commitment and intentionality around diversity and inclusion is amazing. I have not seen that in any other setting.”

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Emily Brown, founder and CEO of the Food Equality Initiative, cares deeply about representation and access. As a Future Women's Leadership Forum Mentor, she is inspiring young women to learn about social entrepreneurship — and it all started with her elementary school JA...

"The principles of sound money management must be taught early, and it’s only through partners like Junior Achievement that we’re able to instill those values in local youth."

 By Sarah Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

Students across the Kansas City metro area will thrive as a result of a transformational $1 million gift from CommunityAmerica Credit Union. Over the past two decades, CommunityAmerica has delivered over 45,000 hours of learning and served as volunteers and mentors to more than 6,000...

"There is no more generous gift you can give someone than your time."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

As a Kansas City non-profit consultant and Greater KC Chamber of Commerce 2020 Centurion, Katie believes strongly in the power of mentorship and positive role models. Learn how she is investing in the next generation through her work as a JA...

“I get just as much out of it as the kids do and I always leave in a good mood.”

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Long-time Junior Achievement supporter Dianne recently finished her 56th session as a classroom program leader. Wow! Read more about her passion for giving children the tools they need for life-long success and learn what keeps her coming back to JA classrooms year after...



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