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"Every job in the world a woman can do"

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

Without positive role models, it can be difficult for young women to envision themselves being successful. But for Crossroads Academy sophomore Imani Berry, that all changed at Junior Achievement’s Future Women’s Leadership Forum. “I see now that women can do everything,” she says. “Every job in the world, a woman can do. Future Women’s Leadership Forum opened my eyes to new jobs I didn't think...

"You'll get more back than you'll ever give."

 By Sara Koci Scheilz
Financial Literacy

Vercie Lark is on a mission to inspire a million millionaires .As a former Executive Vice President and Head of DST Financial Services, Vercie has witnessed firsthand the great need for financial literacy and career education. This drives his dedication and passion to inspire and support Junior Achievement...

"To light that fire in students... is what keeps me coming back."

 By Sara Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

When Jackie Loya-Torres became Community Development Officer at Commerce Bank, she leaned into her responsibility of creating relationships in the community and leading the bank’s inclusivity efforts. Determined to practice what she preached, Jackie became a bilingual Junior Achievement classroom...

"If I wanted to be a professional basketball player, this was like having NBA stars in my classroom."

 By Sara Koci Scheilz
Corporate Responsibility

After pitching her business idea to a panel of real business owner judges, Zoe Scott earned the title of aspiring entrepreneur. Thanks to several weeks of Junior Achievement curriculum, Zoe knew just what it took to formulate a viable business idea and successfully pitch the product to...

"If you can give back a little bit of knowledge to help even one person make a difference in their life, you’ve had a greater impact than you could ever dream of."

 By Sarah Koci Scheilz
Community Involvement

Nearly two decades before becoming a Junior Achievement board member, Aladdin Ashkar was a JA student at Immaculata High School in Leavenworth, KS, and the President of Raider-Aid. “The premise of the Junior Achievement class was that we were going to create a business, from A to Z, and compete with other classes to see whose business could be the most successful,” Aladdin...



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