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Synchrony High Impact Program

Written by allysonfletch on . Posted in Community, JA High School Programs

We were more than excited to kick-off year-two of the Synchrony High Impact program with the students from Kearns High School with a special event at JA City . . .

What is the High Impact Program?  In partnership with Synchrony Financial, the High Impact Program pairs 18 students from Kearns High School, through their sophomore to senior years, with a business mentor from Synchrony.  The objective of this program is to greatly increase the future economic security and work readiness skills of the students involved.  Over the span of the three years, students will participate in Junior Achievement programs including Finance Park, Personal Finance, Career Success, JA Company and Job Shadow, with the aim to provide these students the building blocks and resources necessary to become financially stable and secure, and to provide them with the skills needed to succeed in their future careers.  Students and mentors meet monthly during the school year and participate in several special events as they work together to complete the program requirements.

This week students kicked off year two at JA City with a little help from US Synthetic.  Students participated in a team building exercise, the US Synthetic Lego Challenge, designed to aid them in learning more about team work and problem solving.  This past summer the group also had the opportunity to meet at the Utah Olympic Oval where they not only worked on project requirements, but also spent some time watching speed skating teams from throughout the world!

We are grateful for the opportunity to provide an in-depth, one on one, and certainly life changing experience for this motivated and bright group of students.  Junior Achievement’s mission is to change lives and we couldn’t thank Synchrony Financial, and the dedicated mentors from Synchrony, more for sponsoring and supporting this very special High Impact Program.




United Way Utah of County Day of Caring

Written by allysonfletch on . Posted in Community

This was our inaugural year participating in the United Way of Utah County Day of Caring and it was such an amazing experience partnering with new organizations, schools and volunteers and with United Way UC! Over 100 volunteers participated in 7 schools across Utah County (including Nebo, Alpine and Provo Districts) to present JA-in-a-Day lessons to students, many of who, were experiencing JA lessons for the first time!

We would like to extend a special thanks to the organizations who took the time to prepare, present and mentor all of these wonderful, eager students:

Ancestry | Banner Bank | BYU | Corporate Alliance | Culinary Crafts | Rock Canyon Bank | Provo Rotary Club | US Synthetic | Utah County Government


Not to mention these awesome schools!

Amelia Earhart | Bonneville | Barnett | Central | Cherry Hill | Larsen | Suncrest

United Way’s Day of Caring is a unique opportunity to make a big difference in the community when groups big and small come together to complete hands-on projects to benefit those in need.  JA-in-a-Day allows volunteers to present the 5-6 JA in-class lessons in a one-day format rather than being spread out over the course of several weeks. Thanks again to everyone who helped make this day of giving such a success!

#BeAForceForGood                      #HumansofUC                      #JAmatters




How STEM Girls Blossom: Geek Squad Summer Academy

Written by allysonfletch on . Posted in Community, Special Events, STEM Initiative

One Student’s Geek Squad Summer Success

Emily Tecuanhuehue started school this year at Escalante a much different child than when she got out last June. This school year she has more confidence and suddenly feels she could be one of the “smart kids,” a far cry from how she felt last year. What made the difference? According to Becca Hodgkinson, sixth grade teacher at Escalante Elementary in the Glendale area of Salt Lake City, “Emily spent two days in August at the Geek Squad Academy in JA City and she just blossomed. She was surprisingly quick to pick  up programming and other tech skills she’d never been introduced to before.  So the Geek Squad presenters asked her to help teach the other students in the class . . . her peers. And her self-confidence skyrocketed.” Emily was one of 40 Escalante students to receive a full scholarship to the two-day camp sponsored by Junior     Achievement of Utah. Her mother was very grateful for the change in Emily, but since she speaks no English, she could only express her gratitude through a big hug to Ms. Hodgkinson, who coordinated Geek Squad Academy registration and   transportation for the Escalante students.

Christy Tribe, CEO of Junior Achievement, said, “We know we can always fill our STEM camps with paying students whose   parents are aware of the opportunities for educational experiences for their children. But we feel a special responsibility to help level the playing field for the many students in Salt Lake’s at-risk and Title I schools who wouldn’t ordinarily have these kinds of opportunities. By offering full scholarships to these students (30 of them were girls!), we hope to spark an interest in technology and help build the confidence that they can succeed in STEM fields, thus getting them in the pipeline to fill future jobs in Utah’s burgeoning tech industry.”

We are grateful to Hill Air Force Base and the STEM Action Center for sponsoring our summer STEM camps. And thanks to the many sponsors who help us offer Junior Achievement programs to Utah’s deserving students.


32nd Annual Golf Classic

Written by allysonfletch on . Posted in Special Events

The 32nd Annual JA Golf Classic

was held August 28, 2017

at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah

This long-standing event is not only an opportunity for our sponsors to support JA and Utah’s students, but it’s also an opportunity for JA to show our appreciation to our valued partners.  This year’s event was co-sponsored by Delta Airlines and Merit Medical, with breakfast sponsored by Rocky Mountain Power, lunch sponsored by EMI Health and hospitality tables sponsored by Security Service Federal Credit Union.

As part of our annual event we held an online silent auction, sponsored by the James Lee Sorenson Family Foundation, which raised an additional $13,632! All funds raised from this event go to support our in-class programs which truly make a difference for our students by giving them the tools they need to actualize their dreams, help them understand and manage money and prepare them for their future careers. But more than anything, JA programs give them the hope of a better life so they can go on to improve the future for themselves and future generations.

Thanks again to all our corporate sponsors and all the individuals who helped us raise more than ever before with our silent auction.  We look forward to this special event every year and the opportunity for a fun day out with our amazing partners!


See all the photos and sponsors of the 2017 Golf Classic