Our Volunteer Spotlight feature puts our amazing volunteers front and center in the JA of Central Upstate New York Community! We want to use this unique opportunity to thank the wonderful individuals that continuously donate their time and energy to help JA's mission thrive!
Meet Maria Kast our spotlighted volunteer of the month. Find out what she has to say about her JA experience!
CORE Leadership Development
What inspired you to volunteer for JA?
"I was inspired to volunteer at JA. after attending the Hall of Fame event, and meeting the High School students who presented at the event. When they shared their experience with the JA. curriculum and its positive impact on them, it motivated me to get further involved."
What is your favorite JA event and/or story?
"There are so many stories that I can share that most impacted me, it's hard to choose just one. While delivering the JA curriculum at an RCSD middle school at first the students seemed so disengaged, but as the weeks went on we began to connect, their enthusiasm grew and by the time it was over the students didn't want me to leave, or the teachings to end. It is so humbling to know that I can use a tool like Junior Achievement's curriculum to inspire kids to think beyond their current circumstances."
What keeps you involved?
"Initially, I only planned to volunteer in the classrooms. However, as I got to know the employees of JA, the mission of the organization and the many events they bring into our schools I couldn't help but become more deeply involved."
Check out Past JA Volunteer Spotlights
Dr. Allen Vaala
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."