Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 and has had a presence in the St. Louis region since 1943. Despite our age, we understand how essential technology is to the modern workplace. As most people know, keeping your technology up-to-date is not the easiest task for a busy organization to stay on top of.
That’s why we’re so grateful for volunteers like David Swaw, our November Volunteer Hero. David has been volunteering with JA for fourteen years, supporting the computer systems for the entire Dennis and Judy Jones Free Enterprise Center. This includes our office network as well as the systems used to enhance the student’s capstone experience.
How did David initially get involved with JA? It actually runs in the family. His father was a volunteer with the JA Company Program.
“I remember my dad talking about the program and the product that they made as a group,” David recalled, “It was an automobile safety light made from a headlight, toilet plunger, and some wiring.”
As fate would have it, a company David was working for donated computer services to JA. Originally assigned a four hour project, he’s been helping out ever since.
“It is an amazing place that transforms minds and opens up opportunities that students may never have thought were available to them,” he explained. “All you have to do is share your enthusiasm for your work with the students and listen to the dreams they share with you.”
“Junior Achievement empowers the minds of young people today, and those minds will create the jobs of the future.” We couldn’t have said it better.