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"I feel like I’m going to do better in life now.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Work Readiness

Last school year, as a fifth grader at T. A. Edison Elementary, Ava Guerra participated in Junior Achievement with JA President & CEO, Megan Sturges Stanfield, as her volunteer mentor. “I knew my family and friends believed in me,” Ava says. “Now I know Miss Megan believes in me...

“It’s a needed service for a community that’s underserved.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

Eli Colmenero’s first experience with Junior Achievement was during a volunteer day at MarksNelson. With his team at MarksNelson, Eli was excited to head out of the office with a group of his colleagues and spend the day making an impact for Junior Achievement kids. While they volunteered behind the scenes, they made a difference on the front...

“Junior Achievement is bringing in the real-world piece that our kids need.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Work Readiness

In her role as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum for Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools, Dr. Trinity Davis is laser-focused on the educational needs of students across the school district. “Junior Achievement is bringing in the real-world piece that our kids need,” Trinity shares. “Every kid knows about being a doctor, a lawyer and a teacher. But most students are unaware of the...

“Because of my involvement in Junior Achievement, I learned there was nothing I couldn’t do.”

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

“At the time, I had no idea what Junior Achievement was setting me up for,” Shelley McNair recalls. Today she’s the Director of Sales Support and Account Management at Principal Financial Group — but Shelley still remembers the vital lessons she learned in her JA program years ago as a student. “Because of my involvement in Junior Achievement, I learned there was nothing I couldn’t do,” Shelley...

“My Junior Achievement experiences have given me an appreciation for what I do now."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

Junior Achievement has been part of Kate Hood’s life in so many ways. From being first a JA student, to hosting JA volunteers in her classroom as a teacher, and finally becoming a member of the JA staff here in Kansas City, Kate has seen many angles of Junior Achievement and experienced great positive change along the...

"We're going to make JA a regular part of our culture."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

As a parent of children on their way to adulthood, the mission of Junior Achievement resonated with Jon Pahl instantly. “As a dad, I’m making sure my kids are prepared for life in a lot of different ways from their career to interacting with people and being good citizens. Schools just can’t get to that all the time and that’s where Junior Achievement fills such a gap,” he says. “And so I fell in...

"Junior Achievement established the foundation that I’m still building on today."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

Today, Tremaine Duarte is a Trust Officer and Relationship Manager at UMB Bank — and he can pinpoint where his career aspirations started: right in his own Junior Achievement classroom. As a freshman at Northeast High School, his economics teacher utilized the JA curriculum. “That opened up my eyes to an opportunity in the banking industry and helped me identify the career that I was interested...

JA Volunteers Help Take a Student to the Next Level

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Work Readiness

Architecture and design firm Gould Evans is known for their projects with Cerner and Garmin — but their team in Kansas City is also focused on education. “Our goal is to try to shape and mold good futures,” says Jay Currie Campbell, Gould Evans associate. And the team at Gould Evans continues these efforts by volunteering with Junior...

“Having that opportunity to mentor is instrumental”

 By Sara Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

Serving as a mentor to young women is close to Joelsette Hernandez-Jones’ heart — because she knows what it’s like to grow up without one. “When I was growing up, I didn't have any mentors,” Joelsette shares. “I came from a broken, abusive family. My goal was to always help my mom with my sisters in any way I could.” So she jumped at the chance to volunteer as a mentor at Junior Achievement’s...

“It’s really rewarding to see JA students who have real questions”

 By Sara Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

According to a study by the Bank of America, only 16% of youth ages 18-26 are optimistic about their financial future. Amanda Campbell, Financial Advisor at Modern Horizons Wealth Advisors, is taking a hands-on approach to changing this statistic by volunteering with Junior...



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