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 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
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Carter Godwin Woodson: father of Black history. Frederick McKinley Jones: transportation logistics revolutionary. Marc Regis Hannah: computer graphics pioneer. Mary McLeod Bethune: passionate education advocate. In a word – TRAILBLAZERS.
 
February is Black History Month, and I am proud to seize this moment to recognize the accomplishments of these, and many other, history makers. During the past...

"Junior Achievement helped me be unafraid of entrepreneurship."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Caroline Milton: Small Business Owner. It is not a title this JA Alum ever expected to claim. But life has a way of surprising...

JA Champions are the Light in the Futures of Young People

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

"Will 2020 ever end?" I’m sure you, like me, had this thought more than once in the past twelve months.
 
Though the struggles and divides brought to the forefront by the events of the past year have not disappeared, still the arrival of 2021 is something I have looked forward to. Milestones in the calendar bring opportunities for reflection and for turning over a new...

"I aim to be a trailblazer."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Stanton Parker II is on a mission to live a purpose-filled life. In the past year, the up-and-coming Advisory Senior at Ernst & Young has sought to maximize the time and energy he puts into to the world. Stanton...

JA Champions Give the Gift of Hope

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

Many words can be used to describe 2020. Unprecedented. Divisive. Uncertain. But as I think back on the last twelve months, my mind is filled with one word: HOPE. This year, you defended the futures of our community’s children with persistence and determination. And it fills me with...

Give JA Kid Aaliyah the Gift of Hope

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Imagine being a kid right now…in 2020.  What’s going through your mind? What should be a season of exciting new classes, sports and clubs, and fun gatherings with friends has been upended by COVID-19. No one is immune to the impact of the pandemic, but for young Aaliyah this school year has been especially...

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT YOUTH LEARNING LAB: Bringing KC Kids Crucial Real-World Learning in 2021

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

Good for our kids, good for our city. Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City has announced a new hands-on initiative that connects local students with mentors and curriculum to show them what’s personally possible, thus modeling what it means to have a positive impact on our local society. Launching in 2021, the JAKC Youth Learning Lab presented by the Mallouk Family Foundation is the next step...

CARES Act Guide to Giving for JA Champions

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

On March 27, the CARES Act became law to provide relief and support during the COVID-19 Pandemic. But did you know the CARES Act could impact your charitable giving? Keep reading to learn more about the benefits the CARES Act provides you when you donate to Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City in...

“Sometimes the smallest choices can make the biggest impact."

 By Erika O'Shea
Community Involvement

One experience can ignite a long-lasting relationship that ripples across a community. Junior Achievement seeks to be a catalyst for experiences which change the trajectory of kids’ futures. But we have found the impact isn’t limited to students. Surprisingly often, the JA volunteer leaves just as changed as the students they inspired. Such is the case for Dr. Hilary...

Giving Thanks for JA Champions This Month and Every Month

 By Megan Sturges Stanfield
Community Involvement

Our community has faced numerous struggles, losses, and setbacks in 2020. A divisive election season, struggles to understand and address systematic inequality, a myriad of environmental disasters, and the ravages of a worldwide pandemic have taken their toll on the economy, on relationships with loved ones, coworkers, and friends, and on the next generation’s hopes for...



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