Edgar Montes (2015 Alumnus) was born in Guerrero, Mexico and moved to the United States at age six without knowing any English. It was a big struggle for him to overcome during his elementary and middle school years. He believes the best years of his educational experiences were at RMU because he was able to meet new friends and professors that were a big part of his success.
Edgar's first experience with Junior Achievement of Chicago (JA) was during his undergraduate program at RMU's Elgin campus. Edgar volunteered at two schools, inspiring kids as he taught real-world skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. This experience led him to his current position at JA as the Operations Manager of their Western Division. In this role he has been able to come back to the Elgin campus, coordinating volunteer events for current RMU students. Recently he worked with more than 50 student volunteers in Elgin-area schools. According to Edgar, "It's always an honor being able to work with Robert Morris University students because I get to share my personal experiences and offer advice to them."
RMU is the #1 University volunteer in the Nation for Junior Achievement, recently receiving the Silver President's Volunteer Service Award for contributing over 10,000 volunteer hours to JA.
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