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Junior Achievement hosting mocktail hour

PArticipants take a selfie at JA Business Week.

Participants networks at JA Business Week.

To prepare young people for careers Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) is hosting a mocktail event at The Curtis Hotel on June 8. The event will give more than 200 students from across Colorado a chance to participate in an event like a networking event to practice networking skills.

"JA provides programs for students which focus on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. The goal is to teach concepts through experiential learning, allowing young people to put their new knowledge and skills into practice," explains Kim McGrigg, JA spokesperson.

"JA Business Week is one of our most in-depth and impactful programs; however we do offer many other K-12 programs," McGrigg says. "With the help of 6,000 volunteer role models, JA reached 136,000 local students this school year. Of those students, 44 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch."

The mocktail event is part of JA Business Week. The organization's aim is to prepare today's students for professional careers.

"Students who are returning to JA Business Week for the second or third time participate in the mocktail event," explains McGrigg. "There, they will learn the fine art of 'working a room' as they network with 25 volunteers from the business community."

During the week, which runs June 5-10, McGrigg explains that students will go to volunteer-led workshops. "For example, they attend a personal branding session as well as a networking/relationship-building workshop," she says, to help prepare them for the event.

Students attending JA Business Week for the first time will attend an etiquette dinner at The Curtis. "During the three-course meal, they learn about dining etiquette from a speaker with JDW Cotillion," McGrigg says.

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

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Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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