Become a mentor. Change a life.


Volunteer Spotlight:

from busy skeptic to dedicated JA mentor

Sri McCarthy is hooked after realizing

her positive impact on JA students.


Why did you become involved with Junior Achievement?

An Amway colleague recommended to me several years ago. I decided to give it a try just to satisfy my colleague. True story: I wanted him to stop bugging me. I ended up volunteering for JA since then.


How have you measured your success?

I don't have scientific data to measure success. But I can tell you that recently I was at the store and a former student of mine approached me. He said, 'Because of you, I decided to go to college and major in international affairs. You inspired me.'


Which JA experiences have affected you the most?

Each class gave me valuable experiences and satisfaction. Though my heart swelled when the students gave me a 'group hugs' at the end of JA session at Burton Elementary School. Among the thank-you notes from these students, one wrote "Now, when I grow up, I want to be a Junior Achievement like you."


Junior Achievement is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire young people to succeed in a global economy. Since its founding in 1919, JA has contributed to the business and economics education of young people throughout the world.


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