JAKC Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. 



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June 7, 2018 - JA to induct new class of business leaders into Business Hall of Fame


Photographed (left to right): Bob Regnier, Andy Fromm, Ed Honesty Jr. 


Bob Regnier, President and CEO of Bank of Blue Valley, Ed Honesty Jr., President and COO of Best Harvest Bakeries (BHB) and Andy Fromm, CEO of Service Management Group (SMG) will be the next group of business leaders inducted into the Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame. The honorees will be recognized at a luncheon event on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at The Gallery Event Space.





May 21, 2018 -          


Kata Telegdi with a partnering Junior Achievement classroom


Junior Achievement partnered with seven Kansas City Public Schools to teach programs in 50+ classrooms. Every day during May 21-25, amazing volunteers like Kata helped students take the edge off of end-of-year testing with fun ways to learn new things. 

Students, teachers and volunteers were asked to wear JA colors, green and white, to help celebrate a week of financial education, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  


Click here to see pictures of Spirit Week! 



March 20, 2018- Take 5 to Care: This year's 401k race is a race like no other

Meredith Suarez, Director of Development & Marketing, went on KCTV5 to explain this year's 401k race. 


Click here to see the interview!


February 7, 2018- More than 100 Local Teens to Receive Career Mentoring with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City and AT&T

Programming gives students opportunity to shadow AT&T employees

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC) is bringing important financial literacy lessons to at-risk students in Kansas City as part of a contribution from AT&T, through its signature philanthropic initiative AT&T Aspire. Students from five area schools will be assigned an AT&T mentor through the JA Job Shadow™ program, which gives students a firsthand glimpse into a professional career.

JA Job Shadow™ begins in the classroom with three sessions to help students learn more about careers, including how to identify a career based on interests, steps in researching potential jobs and developing job-hunting skills like networking and interviewing. The students then will visit an AT&T office to shadow an employee for half a day to see first-hand how education translates to a satisfying and successful career.  

Click here to see the full press release.


January 20, 2018- First Future Women's Leadership Forum a Success!

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City partnered with Youth Entrepreneurs on to host the first-ever Future Women's Leadership Forum event held at CBIZ MHM, LLC on December 12th.  Seventy-five female high school students were paired with 75 female business leaders for a day of mentoring, goal setting, and preparing for the future.  Mastercard served as the presenting sponsor.

The day began with a panel discussion of dynamic female leaders – Denise Bade, Lockton; Madeline Romious, AT&T; Jennifer Tomlinson, Tradebot; Kathy Rhodes, CBIZ; and Selena Corpuz, Sporting KC. Rachel Merlo of Google Fiber served as the moderator.

After some one-on-one time with mentors and students, a dynamic group of female entrepreneurs headed up the breakout learning sessions.  We were honored to have Jill Minton, founder of T. Loft; Yasmari Rodriquez, Manifest Your Success; Kia Bondurant, Bondurant Studios; and Christina Williams, Posh Restoration lead some great conversations about leadership, defining your own path to success, and setting big picture goals.

The program ended with a team-building activity led by Youth Entprepreneurs.  Mentors and mentees had to collaborate, strategize, follow directions, and lead to build something entirely new for their team.

This workshop was so successful we've already had many people ask to be involved again.  If you're interested in being a mentor or have students who would benefit from this program, please contact us at volunteer@jagkc.org.


January 10, 2018- Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City Receives Generous Support from CliftonLarsonAllen

Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC) has been awarded a generous grant from the CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA) Foundation to support programs in financial education, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in the Kansas City metro, Northwest Missouri, and St. Joseph areas. This award is the first for JAKC from the CLA Foundation whose mission is focused on connecting networks, advancing work readiness, and creating career opportunities. It is projected that this grant will reach over 24,000 students in grades K-12. 

Click here to see the full press release.


December 12, 2017- MEDIA ADVISORY: Youth Entrepreneurs and Junior Achievement Partner for First Annual Future Women's Leadership Forum 

You're invited to attend the first-ever Future Women's Leadership Forum hosted by Youth Entrepreneurs ® (YE) and Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City (JAKC), presented by Mastercard. The day will consist of mentorship of young women, a panel of featured speakers and a chance to show Kansas City-area young women what success looks like in today's workforce. 

This inaugural event is offering something no one else in Kansas City is offering; a day dedicated to teaching young women about mentorship, career success, goal setting, and authenticity. The Future Women's Leadership Forum offers a window to the that mentor-mentee relationship for young women who may not otherwise have this opportunity. YE and JA students are paired with female community leaders to teach the value of a mentor-mentee relationship and remaining authentic to themselves and their relationships. YE and JAKC are proud to partner to serve Kansas City's young women with this exciting workshop. 

Some of Kansas City's best female leaders will share their experiences during a one-hour panel discussion including: Denise Bade, Lockton; Madeline Romious, AT&T; Jennifer Tomlinson, Tradebot; Kathy Rhodes, CBIZ; and Selena Corpuz, Sporting KC. Moderating the panel is Rachel Merlo of Google Fiber.


Click here to see the full media advisory.