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Volunteers Weigh In

It’s been an exciting year for Junior Achievement: during our 2018-2019 program year, we have been able to reach 17,500 students (and counting!). Here are what some of our volunteers had to say about their experiences in the classroom:

 “So much time is spent on reading, writing, etc., but not why it's important that they learn these things. JA lets them know about careers and money management and what to do with their education to be successful in life.” –Laura Fell

“I first received JA training when I was an eighth grader. The curriculum was called Project Business and we had to buy and sell stocks with a given allotment of play money. This was well before middle class families had access to the stock market and it fostered a lifetime love of stocks and investing. It planted the seed in my mind to consider business as a career, and ended up getting an MBA and law degree and having a good career in accounting and law. I enjoy giving back to JA on a regular basis.” –David Pisani

"Each year, I learn new things about the challenges the youth face and the school faces. This is helpful to me as I am always interested in how I can be of assistance.  I have been doing this for 5 years and do not plan to stop! This is a blessing to my life every time I get to share with the students.  When I worked in State Farm Bank, I highly encouraged peers to getting involved." - Chemberly Cummings

"JA is one of the most fulfilling things I've ever been involved with. During my most recent volunteering session, I saw one child in particular go from someone who refused to participate to someone who seemed to really enjoy and get a lot of the program in only a few short week. It's awesome to see young mind gets excited about their future!" - Collin Masters

"I was actually a student of Junior Achievement in Jr. High School 40 years ago! I appreciate the program as it prepares students for business as well as managing their personal finances. The games and interaction are what I feel the students enjoy the most! At times, they are having so much fun, they don't realize they are actually learning the skills they will use for their future!" - Laurie Lange

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