News & Announcements


Teens’ New Year’s Resolutions Include “Working Harder at School” and “Learning to Manage Money Better”, according to Junior Achievement USA Survey

With 2019 here, teens have already started thinking about what they want to accomplish in the new year. According to a survey of 1,000 U.S. teens, conducted by Junior Achievement USA and ORC International, nearly 9 in 10 teens (88%) are planning on making New Year’s Resolutions. Out of those...

Blog - Handwritten Thank Yous - When to Send Them and Why

Not surprisingly, the day after Christmas is National Thank You Day! What seems like a lost art, this day reminds us about the importance of Thank Yous! While it's definitely important to write thank yous for gifts received, and for big events such as weddings, a new house, or new baby, we...

Blog - JA's Christmas Favorites!

The gifts have been wrapped, the cookies have been made, the tree has been put up, and the carols are being sung! That's right, it's officially Christmastime, and with just over a week to go, JA wants to share our Christmas favorites with you!  Christmas Music  Two...

Blog - Holiday Spending Saving Tips!

Two weeks from tomorrow is Chirstmas Day! We know that this time of year, regardless of what plans or holidays you celebrate, it's a time where saving money can be hard, and stretching the budget seems like a daily activity. While you're making lists, keep some of these holiday saving tips in...

Black Friday Survey: Majority of Teens Plan to Shop at Brick-and-Mortar Stores this Holiday Season, Despite Changing Retail Landscape

Junior Achievement Survey Shows Teens Looking to More Traditional Venues for Holiday Shopping While much has been made about the growth of online shopping and the impact on traditional retail, a new survey from Junior Achievement USA (JA) shows that a majority of teens (54%) plan to do...

Blog - JA's Thanksgiving Favorites

It's Thanksgiving week! In just a few days, millions of miles will be driven on interstates, lots of post-turkey naps taken, and memories made! We are in the Thanksgiving spirit here around the JA office, and we want to share some of our favorite Thanksgiving foods and traditions with you!...

JA of Kansas Holds Skills to Achieve Symposium at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas

On Thursday November 8, Junior Achievement of Kansas partnered with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for the annual Skills to Achieve Symposium. Twenty seven students from Topeka High School and Highland Park High School visited the campus that houses 1400 employees. Throughout the day,...

JA Completes Two Day Blitz Programming at French Middle School

Monday Novermber 5 and Wednesday November 7 saw over 20 business volunteers take over French Middle School in Topeka, Kansas, for Junior Achievement's "JA in 2" program. JA reached 100% of the student base, over 450 students, over the two day blitz program. Volunteers taught all three middle...

Blog - What Can You Do with an Extra Hour? Here are some JA Influenced ideas!

This weekend is Daylight Savings Time! Days get shorter, nights get longer, and we Fall Back one hour this weekend as we're sleeping on Saturday night! Here are some ideas of what you can do with that extra hour, based on JA's three pillars of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and...

Junior Achievement Accepts Grant from Topeka Credit Union Foundation

Topeka, KS - Junior Achievement of Kansas accepted a grant in the amount of $3,780.00 from the Topeka Credit Union Foundation this morning at the annual Benefactor's Breatkfast. The breakfast was held in conjunction with International Credit Union Day.  The Topeka Credit Union...

Blog - JA Inspired Halloween Costumes!

Can you believe that we are halfway through the month of October? Halloween will be here sooner than you know it! If you are looking for something different than the normal Disney princess or superhero costume (even though those are great too!), then we have a few ideas for you, all inspired...

2019 Wichita Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

Three business leaders were announced as the 2019 Wichita Business Hall of Fame Laureates at a press luncheon held October 15 by Junior Achievement of Kansas at Commerce Bank on Waterfront Parkway, Wichita. The 2019 laureates are: Tim Buchanan, Legend Companies; Tim Farrell, Retired,...

Capitol Federal Takes Home Top Prize at Inaugural JA Golf Classic

The inaugural JA Golf Classic, sponsored by Capitol Federal, took place at the Wichita Country Club on Monday October 8, 2018.  Despite an overcast day, 60 golfers came out to the historic course to support Junior Achievement.   The day began with registration and a...

New Survey by Junior Achievement and AIG Reveals Retirement Plans and Attitudes of U.S. Teens Aged 13-18

A new survey by Junior Achievement USA and AIG finds that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of teens are concerned about their parents’ preparedness for retirement while demonstrating a lack of education about their own. Sixty-nine percent of young adults ages 13-18 say they know little or...

Junior Achievement Honors Four Laureates at Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Event

Junior Achievement of Kansas inducted four new members into their Lawrence Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, October 2.  The event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton. The four laureates recognized are: the late Bob Moore, Advanco, Inc.; Cindy Maude, Callahan Creek (now...

Blog - Kansas College & Career Guide is HERE!

The fourth edition of the Kansas College & Career Guide is here! Each year, we release this publication to aide middle school & high school students, teachers, parents, counselors, and more with pathways they can take for postsecondary education. Not only do we include...

Blog - Frugal Fall Fun!

As of yesterday, it's officially the first day of fall , and who isn't ready for some bonfires, sweaters, and PUMPKIN flavored everything?!  Fall is one of the best times of year (at least for this JA writer!), but we know that sneaking up on us is the Christmas season, which...

Blog - Why Bowl? Top 6 Reasons.

Calling all bowlers! Our Bowl-A-Thons are coming up October 19-22! We are so excited to be having the Lawrence and Topeka events, and we want you to join us. How it works - until October 12, you can register your team! We make it SUPER easy for you - it can be done online (click HERE for...

2019 Topeka Business Hall of Fame Laureates Announced

Topeka, KS – Four business leaders were announced as the 2019 Topeka Business Hall of Fame Laureates at a press brunch held September 11 by Junior Achievement of Kansas at the Topeka Country Club. The 2019 laureates are: Beth Anne Branden, BA Designs; Rob Brim­an, Briman’s Leading...

Blog - The JA Journal is HERE!

Happy September everyone!  After getting back from a Labor Day weekend and officially ushering in the 2018-2019 school year (plus celebrating the arrival of fall!), Junior Achievement of Kansas is excited to present our NEW monthly e-newsletter!  The JA Journal will come to...