Every day at Junior Achievement of New York, we see young lives changed for the better. As an organization that has worked in the greater New York area for nearly 90 years, we’ve experienced a lot of change, but one thing that never changes is the need to empower young people to seize their opportunities in life.
Taevon Allen, a recent graduate from Mount Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, NY, is one student whose life was transformed by Junior Achievement of New York’s High School Heroes. His first JA experience happened when he was just 10 years old, when some of JA’s High School Heroes visited his class in 5th grade and taught him about sound decision-making and basic personal finance concepts.
Through hands-on activities, Taevon and his classmates gained crucial knowledge of money management and budgeting, all thanks to a group of high school students committed to fostering the next generation of leaders. When they discussed budgeting, Taevon said, “I learned aspects of financial management that school just doesn’t teach us.”
A few years later, Taevon continued his involvement with JA by becoming the Hero that once served him as young student. He signed on to become a High School Hero, paying his JA experience forward to local elementary students. “That was my biggest JA highlight,” he said, “teaching young kids the same financial and life skills that I was once taught as a 5th grader. Junior Achievement has really been a full circle experience for me and has given me the opportunity to give back to my community.”
Taevon truly is a Hero, as was the young person who taught him many years ago. Because of the support of JA’s champions, Taevon had the opportunity to dive deep into aspects of the real world that often aren’t taught in schools. Taevon graduated high school last June, empowered and prepared to take on the next steps in his journey to success, however he may define it.
Help us continue to pay forward the gift that Taevon and his fellow Heroes have provided for their younger peers. Support JA High School Heroes by making a donation at www.jany.org/givingtuesday.