How STEM Girls Blossom: Geek Squad Summer Academy

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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

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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

 

JA City Summer Camps

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Minecraft Coding Camp presented by Tech Trep    

Date:            July 11-12

Time:           8 am to noon

Ages:            All students, ages 11 and up

What:           Learn the basics of coding with Java programming in the thrilling world of Minecraft

Where:         JA City, 444 W. 100 South, SLC, in Gateway Mall, 4th floor above Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Cost:            $99, snacks provided


Intro to Web Development presented by Tech Trep    

Date:            July 11-12

Time:           1-6 pm

Ages:           All students, ages 11 and up

What:          Create a custom web portfolio while learning how to use HTML 5, CSS3, and Javascript

Where:        JA City, 444 W. 100 South, SLC, in Gateway Mall, 4th floor above Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Cost:            $99, snacks provided


Morning of STEM for Girls presented by The STEM Shoppe  

Date:            July 15

Time:           10 am to 1 pm

Ages:           Girls, ages 8-12

What:          Stimulating hands-on, minds-on workshop for girls, teaching electronics using microcontrollers, conducting chemistry experiments, and programming robots.

Where:        JA City, 444 W. 100 South, SLC, in Gateway Mall, 4th floor above Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Cost:            $50  (+ tax $53.43), snacks provided


JA BizTown presented by JA Staff  

Date:           August 10-11

Time:           9 am to 3 pm

Ages:           All students, ages 10-12

What:          JA BizTown gives students the opportunity to become adults for a day, and work as CEOs, CFOs, engineers, bank tellers, DJs, and more.

Where:        JA City, 444 W. 100 South, SLC, in Gateway Mall, 4th floor above Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Cost:           $99 before July 1 for early bird pricing.  $125 after July 1 – lunch and snacks provided


Geek Squad Academy presented by Best Buy’s Geek Squad

Date:            August 16-17

Time:            9 am to 3:30 pm

Ages:            All students, ages 10-14

What:           Fun, interactive technology camp teaching classes such as Robotics, Programming, 3D Printing, Film Production, Digital Music, and more.

Where:        JA City, 444 W. 100 South, SLC, in Gateway Mall, 4th floor above Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum

Cost:             $35, bring sack lunch


For more info on the JA City Summer Camps, contact us!

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San Juan Career Fair

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Funded by a grant from American Express, Junior Achievement of Utah was honored to hold the 6th annual career fair with students from Monument Valley High School and Whitehorse High School on the Navajo Reservation in San Juan County, May 22-24, 2017.

Through this career fair, JA is able to reach rural students and provide them with a motivating keynote speaker, Mac McCullough of Mac Motivates, and provide a career expo where students are introduced to a wide variety of career and education options and classes which focus on skills for career success.


 Thank you to all these amazing organizations who took the time to present:

Codechangers • Delta • Dixie State University • Fire Truck & Equipment• Four Corners Adventures • Four Corners School • Girls Go Digital • Hill Air Force Base • Hilarious Delusions • Hogle Zoo • Hurst Construction • Job Corps • Manti LaSalle National Forest • U.S. Marines • Nelson Laboratories • San Juan County Sheriff Department • STEM Action Center • Tech Trep Academy • Tesero • University of Phoenix • University of Utah, Department of Health • US Synthetic • USU – Blanding Campus • Utah Army National Guard • Utah Navajo Health Services • UVU, College of Science & Health • Wells Fargo • Wildworks • Workers Compensation Fund


 

Play For JA!

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This year in conjunction with our annual Bowl-A-Thon we want you to get your game on and . . .

Play For JA!

March 23 & 24

Junior Achievement will join with The Biz Games at Soccer City for

Fun, Food and Competition to benefit Utah’s Students!


Play as an individual or team of 5 and rotate between ping pong, foosball, Texas Hold ‘Em, video game tournament and golf simulator. Open play games including giant Jenga and corn hole will be going all day long . . .

$30 for an individual or $150 for a team of 5, the games will run in 2-3 hour shifts from 9am – 6pm.

See Full Game Schedule

For more information on how you can participate you can visit our webpage

REGISTER HERE

or contact jaime@ja-utah.org.

Want to be a Play For JA sponsor?  Here’s all the info!