Arrow Electronics Ignites Entrepreneurial Spirit in Denver Youth

Jun 21, 2018 2:15 PM ET
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For the fifth year, Arrow Electronics was the presenting sponsor of Junior Achievement (JA) Business Week. JA Business Week, a week-long camp for high school students, allows teens to explore leadership concepts and build confidence alongside Denver’s business leaders. The unique project-based program focuses on practical applications and real-world problem solving.

Second-year JA Business Week students had an opportunity to participate in an advanced Arrow project. The project challenged students to develop a year-long program to educate local youth and the business community about the need to responsibly recycle and refurbish electronic waste (e-waste). Each student-led company of 10 acted as a consulting firm hired to design a program that positively impacted the community by utilizing sustainability learnings from Arrow’s related business.

To kick off the week, students visited Arrow’s global headquarters, met with employees and participated in some on-site fun, including taking a test drive in the Arrow SAM car simulator. Over 30 employees volunteered their time throughout the week.

“Our education programming reflects our commitment to developing the next generation of technology innovators. The Arrow project is an opportunity for students to better understand business solutions that make the industry more environmentally sustainable,” said Kristin Russell, global president for Arrow’s services business.

In addition to sponsoring the week, the company’s employees raised funds for scholarships through the annual JA Bowl-a-thon, which enable low-income Denver-area youth to participate. Arrow employees supported 37 JA Business Week scholars this year.

About Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 150,000 of the world’s leading manufacturers of technology used in homes, business and daily life. With 2017 sales of $26.6 billion, Arrow aggregates electronics and enterprise computing solutions for customers and suppliers in industrial and commercial markets. The company maintains a network of more than 345 locations serving over 80 countries. Learn more at FiveYearsOut.com.

About Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain (JA) prepares young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy. During the 2017/18 school year, JA will provide programs to more than 117,000 students throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. These programs are always free to schools thanks to 6,000 volunteers and the generous support of donors. For more information, visit www.JAColorado.org.