DENVER, April 9, 2009 – With budget cuts taking their toll on Denver Public Schools, students there are learning the hard way how finances and funding limitations can have personal effects.

But on April 9, Qwest and Junior Achievement (JA) are teaming for the sixth consecutive year to foster a more positive focus on financial literacy at five Denver-area schools. During Qwest “JA in a Day,” 164 Qwest employee volunteers will fan across 90 elementary- and middle-school classrooms to instruct students on business principles that relate to everyday lives – now and in the future.

 

“Qwest has always been a strong supporter of programs that bring education to life for students, and with this year’s economic climate, I’m especially pleased that so many students will learn how their daily schoolwork can apply to their future careers,” said Steve Davis, Qwest senior vice president of Public Policy.

 

As part of an ongoing partnership with JA, and in celebration of April as national “Financial Literacy Month,” Qwest employee volunteers will present JA’s interactive curriculum in English and Spanish to 2,150 students in one day. Through this program, Qwest volunteers will spend more than 1,000 hours in local classrooms and bring valuable life skills to students at Centennial K-8, College View Elementary, Doull Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Merrill Middle schools.

 

“We’re so pleased to partner with Qwest on this important endeavor, and want to thank the many volunteers from Qwest who will serve as role models to local students – children who, with the right combination of education, encouragement and inspiration, will grow up to be our next generation of leaders,” said Robin Wise, president and CEO of Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc.

 

JA programs are designed to address three issues of critical importance to the future of Colorado – financial literacy, dropout prevention, and workforce readiness – by placing volunteers from the business community into classrooms to serve as role models to students. JA in a Day students in kindergarten through eighth grade will study how to manage money wisely, understand the relevance of staying in school and learn the skills and knowledge they will need to go to college or find and keep a good job after high school.

 


About Qwest

 
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers  a new generation of fiber-optic Internet service, high-speed internet solutions, as well as home phoneVerizon Wireless, and DIRECTV® services.  Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.
 

About Junior Achievement

 

Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc. is creating a generation of kids who are inspired to pursue higher education, financially literate, ready to enter the workforce, and possess an entrepreneurial spirit. We accomplish this by serving as the link between business and education. We connect volunteers from the business community with classrooms, where they serve as role models and share their professional experiences with students. Our programs - which focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship - are proven to work, and are always free to schools. During the 2008-09 school year, 3200 dedicated volunteers will bring JA programs to 92,000 young people in 525 schools throughout metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. Share your success and inspire kids to reach their full potential. For more information, visit www.jacolorado.org or call (303) 534-JAJA.

 

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Contact Information
 
Qwest Media Contact
Johnna Hoff
303-896-7987
johnna.hoff@qwest.com
 
Outside Contacts:
 
Media Contact
Shawna Robbins
Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain
303-669-5003
srobbins@jacolorado.org