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Five Kansas City Business Leaders to be Inducted into Junior Achievement’s Business Hall of Fame in 2020

 By Erika O'Shea

Community Involvement

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 13, 2020) – Bruce Ianni, Co-founder and CEO of DDSports, and Davyeon Ross, Co-founder and President of DDSports; Christine Kemper, founder of Kemper & Company, LLC, and Sandy Kemper, founder, Chairman of the Board, and CEO of C2FO; and Peter Mallouk, President of Creative Planning, have been selected as the 2020 business leaders to be inducted into the Junior Achievement of...

"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...

A girl walking a dog down a gravel street in a neighborhood

"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...

"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...

“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...

"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...

"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...

"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...

“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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