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Celebrating 80 Years - 1969, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc.

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JA Southern Colorado volunteer Aileen Berrios with 7th graders, 2018

#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and the people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.


Since 1954, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. has been educating and inspiring young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives and now serves more than half of the counties in Colorado.


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Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc.

In 1919 Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts came together to found Junior Achievement (first the “Boys’ and Girls’ Bureau of the Eastern States League”) as a means of helping young people from rural America join American industry in the Midwest. After World War II, JA became a national organization and in the 1960s began to expand internationally as well. For its first 50 years, the organization focused on after-school programming designed to help teenagers found small businesses in their own communities, before adding classroom programming in 1975.

Located in Colorado Springs, Junior Achievement USA provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 109 Area Offices in all 50 states. The policy and direction for each local office is set by local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders, and Junior Achievement USA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations.

Ribbon Cutting forJunior Achievement USA Headquarters, 1987

Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc., has been in operation since 1954, with the purpose of “inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.” Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc., has served more than 776,500 students since then and last year reached 16,554 students in 752 classrooms with more than 88,000 volunteer educational contact hours.  With focus on its three pillars – financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness – business and community volunteers provide relevant, experiential learning opportunities to youth from  Kindergarten through 12th grade in 39 of Colorado’s 64 counties, with operations in Aspen, Basalt, Burlington, Cañon City, Carbondale, Colorado Springs, Chipeta Park, Crested Butte, Cripple Creek, Del Norte, Divide, Elizabeth, Ellicott, Falcon, Fountain, Fort Carson, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, Gunnison, Kit Carson, Manitou Springs, Monument, New Castle, Parachute, Peyton, Pueblo, Pueblo West, Rifle, Rye, Saguache, Salida, Security, Silt, Simla, Trinidad, U.S. Air Force Academy, Weston, Widefield and Woodland Park.

El Pomar first granted to Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc., in 1969, and has provided 27 grants since, in all three of the Foundation's grant making categories: capital, general operating, and program support.


El Pomar in 1969:

Foundation giving increased to more than $3.75 million in 1969, as El Pomar continued to increase its commitment to major capital projects. Major grants included construction funding for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, the Air Force Academy Foundation, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, and National Jewish Health. Two unique grants in 1969 were provided to the Denver Botanic Gardens for a sprinkling system and to the Colorado Springs Girl Scouts Wagon Wheel Council for a new water system at their campsite. 1969 was also a significant year for private foundations in general, as the Tax Reform Act of 1969 introduced the mandate for private foundations to grant at least 5% of assets each year.


Images courtesy of: Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc.

Spotlight by Corey Baron