DENVER, May 12, 2008 — Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain Inc. (JA) announced today that it has received a $77,000 grant from the Qwest Foundation, a private foundation funded by Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q). The funds will be used to support two JA projects – JA Impulsa and JA in a Day. JA is a local non-profit organization that strives to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy by emphasizing the importance of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. 
JA Impulsa was launched in 2006 to encourage Hispanic youth to stay in school by inspiring them to embrace free enterprise and prepare for success in a global economy. Funds from the Qwest grant will be directed toward JA Impulsa’s Parental Outreach program, which seeks to engage parents in the JA curriculum. For the JA in a Day component, Qwest adopted five local schools for one day with 174 employees volunteering more than 1,000 hours in local classrooms to present JA’s interactive curriculum in English and Spanish to 87 classrooms simultaneously.
“Junior Achievement is so thankful for the generous financial and volunteer support we have received from Qwest,” said Robin Wise, President of JA.  “I am continually impressed by the contributions the Qwest Foundation makes to organizations that make Denver a better place to live, work and play.”
“The Qwest Foundation is committed to investing in Colorado’s future workforce, and we believe that the work Junior Achievement is doing in the Hispanic community is contributing to the success of the next generation of our workforce,” said Ric Padilla, vice president of Qwest Corporate Social Responsibility.


What: Qwest Foundation will present $77,000 grant to Junior Achievement at a JA Impulsa Parental Outreach Forum

Where: Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (MESA)

8990 York Street Thornton, CO 80299 (East 88th Ave. & York Street)

When: Wednesday,May 14, 2008 at 6:00 p.m.

Interview Opportunities: Bilingual interview opportunities withMargarita Rodriguez-Corriere, Director JA Hispanic Initiative; Alex Juarez, Qwest Hispanic Marketing; Eduardo Arnal, Mexican Consulate   





About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement relies on the success of business professionals to inspire and prepare students embrace free enterprise and succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement's K-12 business and economic curriculum comes to life when volunteers from the business community lead students through the innovative, hands-on lesson plans. Volunteers act as invaluable role models for students and provide relevance to what students learn; showing students the link between education and future opportunity. During the 2007-08 school year, Junior Achievement's proven programs will reach 87,000 young people in 525 schools in Denver and Northern Colorado, and will be taught by 3,000 volunteers. Share your success and inspire kids to reach their full potential. For more information, visit or call (303) 534-JAJA.

About the Qwest Foundation


The Qwest Foundation's core principle is that investing in people and communities provides lasting value for the future. The Qwest Foundation awards grants to community-based programs that generate high-impact and measurable results, focusing on pre-K through grade 12 education.




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