Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week is a one-week crash course for high school students on the world of business and what they need to become a leader.

Through the Jennifer M. Erickson Memorial Fund at Yampa Valley Community Foundation, funding is available for Steamboat Springs and Routt County students to attend the program.

Steamboat Springs junior Alden Wade attended the JA Business Week program in the summer following his freshman year. According to Alden, “I attended JA Business Week with some of my close friends and in one week was able to learn years’ worth of leadership and business lessons. It was incredible to be in an atmosphere where everyone was there to help you learn and succeed. A must try for anyone looking to have a great time and build skills that will help guide you the rest of your life.”

Hosted each June at Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado, the fun, intensive “boot camp” gives students the unique experience of working in “companies” with one another, to develop a product and pitch it to local entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank-style competition. Along the way, they learn how to network effectively and sharpen their presentation skills, while gaining the insights of advice from local business leaders. The 2020 Business Week program will be held June 7-12.

According to the JA Business Week website, “It’s a knowledge-building, confidence-boosting, network-growing, college-application standout of a summer experience.” It allows students to “test drive the college experience by staying in the dorms Johnson & Wales University in Denver, giving a sneak peek into campus life.”

JA Business Week is open to students who are currently in grades 9-12. The total cost to attend is $550, but applicants who apply before March 20, 2020 receive a $50 discount.

For more information about the Jennifer M. Erickson Memorial Fund scholarship for JA Business Week, please contact scholarships@yvcf.org or call us at 970-879-8632.