eDividends│Oct.  2016
In This Issue:

All of the rush, none of the risk
JA Stock Market Challenge, presented by Bank of America, is fun at its most competitive. 

Corporate Event

Nov. 3, 2016 6 to 10 p.m. 
Cable Center
University of Denver

Fort Collins' Corporate Event 
(New this year!)
Nov. 10, 2016 6 to 10 p.m.
Lory Student Center Ballroom
Colorado State University

In addition to attending the corporate events, you can also help prepare high school students to compete in the student version of the JA Stock Market Challenge by facilitating two, 45-minute classroom-based lessons. We also need event-day volunteers.

The student events will take place on Nov. 3 and 4 in Denver and on Nov. 11 in Fort Collins. 

For more information, contact Ellie Jordan at 303-628-7366. 
Volunteers Needed for New Jeffco Career Readiness Program
This fall, JA is partnering with Jeffco Public Schools to facilitate a Career Expo experience for sophomores in the district. We need your help to facilitate workshops on topics such as personal branding, resume writing and work etiquette. These workshops will take place in classrooms before and after students attend the Expo. 

Click here to let us know you're interested in volunteering for this exciting program. You will have the help of a classroom teacher, and JA will provide all materials and training. Most importantly, by signing up, you will be a positive role model for young people, and sharing your stories will bring JA's programs to life.
Colorado Business Hall of Fame
Mark your calendar for the 28th Annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame. The 2017 laureates will be inducted on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The event is generously underwritten by UMB Bank.

For details about this event or to purchase a table or tickets, please contact  Ellie Jordan at 303-628-7366.

2017 Laureates
Sue Anschutz-Rogers
Joe Blake
Terry Considine
Curtis Fentress
George & David Griffith
Ronald Moore
Daniels Scholarship Program
The Daniels Scholarship Program is a 4-year annually renewable college scholarship to any 2- or 4-year accredited nonprofit college or university in the United States for high school seniors who demonstrate strength of character, leadership and service. For full details visit www.DanielsFund.org/Scholarships.
PEBC Superintendent Forum
JA is proud to be a silver sponsor of the 2016 Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) Superintendent Forum to be held on Wed., Nov. 16, in the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

This event provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from superintendents representing Colorado's diverse communities, discussing critical education topics that impact student achievement. Click here to register.
Cordillera Golf Experience
JA was the Charity Partner of The Cordillera Golf Experience, Colorado's ultimate golf and leisure weekend, on Sept. 10 and 11. Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Gore Range, players enjoyed a welcome brunch, two rounds of golf, luxury accommodations, and an awards reception following the event.

JA-Rocky Mountain President & CEO Robin Wise spoke at the apres golf dinner about the plans to expand the reach of JA programs to 6,000 students in the mountain communities during the 2016/17 school year. The event raised more than $1,500 to support this expansion.
Top 10 Company Volunteer Providers
We would like to specifically recognize our top ten company volunteer providers. Volunteers from these companies had 1,147 volunteer experiences during the 2015/16 school year.
Top Three JA College Connect Partners
Through the JA College Connect program, presented by TIAA, we engage college students as JA volunteers through service learning projects. Last year, we partnered with 13 universities to bring 890 college volunteers to more than 11,750 elementary and middle school students. Following are our top three JA College Connect partners.

President's Message
A Key JA Lesson: Embrace Your Fears
Robin Wise
It's the month of ghosts and goblins, trick or treaters and facing those things that go bump in the night. October also means we're in the groove of a new school year, working closely with teachers and our volunteers to help students explore new ideas, develop new skills and, yes, face their fears.
And while students' fears aren't necessarily of the Halloween variety, they're real and often center on being afraid to fail. They worry about making a wrong move, a bad choice or being disliked by their peers. Sometimes fear robs them of their confidence, their excitement or their hope.

As scared as we might be to try something new, doesn't it always seem the case that people learn the most when they have the courage to step out of their comfort zone?

We recently met a young man who was participating in JA Kickstart Your Future, a program JA developed in partnership with the Denver Police Department, for kids who may fall prey to gang influence. Eli is 14 and lives in a Denver community that has few, if any, positive role models.

During a JA Job Shadow excursion located in Denver's tallest office building, Eli experienced his first elevator ride. He was terrified. But, as he stepped off of the elevator on the 44th floor, he was greeted by caring JA volunteers passionate about their work and their lives, who awakened him to his possibilities.
How can young people like Eli get excited about their future when their vision of the future is not about to what heights they'll scale, but how soon they might fall?  That day Eli saw how high he can climb.  In his words, "The best part about today was hearing that stereotypes don't define me, and I can do anything I put my mind to."

As All Hallow's Eve approaches, take a few minutes to think about what scares you, and like Eli, remember that change begins at the end of your comfort zone. American industrialist Henry Ford said, "One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."

The Many Benefits of JA Engage Membership
More than 70 young professionals attended the JA Engage kickoff event  at Infinite Monkey Theorem
Are you a young professional looking for a way to make a meaningful difference for Colorado youth, develop your professional skills, network with local business leaders and meet new friends in the process? If your answer is "YES!" then JA Engage is for you.

JA Engage was started by a group of young professionals who are passionate about JA's mission and who are looking to increase JA support and volunteerism from among their peers. "The members of JA Engage represent our next generation of JA leaders, volunteers and supporters," said Jill Hrnicek, manager of volunteer engagement.

JA Engage hosts a variety of networking and social events throughout the year in addition to promoting opportunities for young professionals to volunteer with students. The next JA Engage social event is scheduled for Oct. 17, 5 to 7 p.m. and will be hosted by JA Board Member Matt McConnell at Comcast Technology Solutions, 1899 Wynkoop St., #550, in Denver.

"Our next happy hour will focus on signing up new members of JA Engage," said Hrnicek. "As an official member, professionals have access to fun JA volunteer opportunities and get to participate in exclusive roundtable discussions with local business executives. Members also receive discounts to social events and can apply for board positions with the group."

Members of JA Engage make a $10 monthly donation to JA to support the financial education of youth across the state. Individuals interested in membership should attend the October event or sign up online.

JA Engage members have an exclusive opportunity to volunteer at JA Finance Park on Nov. 17, 3 to 8 p.m. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Comcast Delivers Meaningful Multi-Faceted Partership
Comcast volunteer teaches JA Going Global to students at Thornton Middle School
Most companies have corporate social responsibility objectives and Junior Achievement (JA) often plays a large role in helping organizations achieve these goals. The days when a company simply wrote a check and had their logo placed anywhere and everywhere are long gone. Today's partnerships are much more strategic, collaborative and mutually beneficial, and the partnership between Comcast and JA-Rocky Mountain is a great example.

Comcast began supporting JA-Rocky Mountain during the 2011/12 school year, and since that time has contributed nearly $304K in financial and in-kind donations to support JA programs.

As one of the top ten corporate supporters of the JA Bowl-A-Thon, JA's largest fundraiser, Comcast employees raised $56K in 2016 alone to help area youth learn financial responsibility, entrepreneurship and career readiness skills.

In 2016, Comcast also collaborated with JA to develop JA Going Global, a program for middle and high school students designed to help them understand what companies go through when they evaluate and consider international growth. Students learn about differences in cultures, economies, geographies, and regulations as they develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, problem solving and public speaking.

Of additional value is the intellectual capital and creativity that Comcast brings to JA. Matt McConnell, senior vice president of Comcast Technology Solutions, and Jeff Allen, senior vice president of Comcast Business, both lend their leadership and professional skills to the JA board of directors. Several Comcast employees also volunteer their time to enrich student learning in K-12 classrooms.

In addition, as the 2016/17 school year kicks off, Comcast will serve as a three-year telecommunications sponsor of JA Finance Park. This opportunity alone allows Comcast to impact more than 20,000 students annually, provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for employees, and strengthen the company's reputation among JA corporate sponsors, volunteers, community leaders and students. Read more
JA-Rocky Mountain Welcomes New Board Members
JA-Rocky Mountain is pleased to welcome the following individuals to the board of directors.

Nancy Garvey
Vice President/General Manager Rocky Mountain Region

Mark Saks
Vice President Global Tax
Molson Coors Brewing Company
Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc.
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