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“You Were Born To Change The World”

Being given a purpose in this world is what we are all searching for. Luckily for Malachi Kern, destiny came in the form of a JA volunteer teaching in his third-grade classroom when he was a child in Chicago. The volunteer told Kern during his time teaching the class, “You were born to change the world”. This quote resonated with Kern, especially since, at the time, he was struggling to find his way. Unsure of what the future held for him and overcoming pressures from others to be involved in gang activities in his community, he needed someone to encourage and guide him to reach his full potential. 

It wasn’t until he was a junior in high school that fate brought his third-grade mentor to him again—on a metro bus. It was there that Kern recognized the man that changed him as a child and they began to catch up. The JA volunteer ended up introducing him to a school competition for the title of “Mr. Business.” It was with this opportunity that Kern’s life changed forever.

Kern won the title of Mr. Business, as well as the full-ride scholarship that came with it. Through destiny, he met a JA volunteer that changed his life and by fate he met him again when he needed guidance the most. Today, Kern is “paying it forward” by being a JA volunteer in his adopted home of Kansas City.

At Junior Achievement we believe that every volunteer opportunity has the chance of changing at least one life. Help a student find their purpose today.

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  • "In 4th grade, I learned about being an entrepreneur. I now own my own vending machine company, which helped me earn money to help buy our family dog."

    -Mathews Elementary Student, Plano ISD
  • "I learned that companies are looking for candidates who show they are ready to work hard and have a solid résumé."

    -Kimball High School Student, Dallas ISD
  • "When the business people come in and work with our students, it gives students a real life application and how it relates to their future."

    -Townley Elementary Principal, Irving ISD
  • "Starting with elementary school Junior Achievement I remember it being one of the best parts of the year. I got to have someone new come in and share about their life and how my future could be successful too!"

    -Alum & Volunteer
  • "That experience impacted the trajectory of my career. Today, I owned a 13 year old marketing consulting and coaching firm. Thank you JA for exposing me to my destiny."

    -Alum
  • "We not only make their lives better, but we potentially enrich all of our own lives."

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