Danielle Hall is a member of Civic Corps, a division of NYC Service, working with Junior Achievement of New York for the 2017-18 year on the Programs team, helping to bring JA programming to the 85,000 students we serve across all regions.
We asked Danielle to share her favorite part about working with JA New York so far. Here's what she told us:
Since I started working at Junior Achievement of New York, I've had the experience of working with and coming into contact with a lot of great people and volunteers. Specifically, I've had the opportunity to work with their High School Heroes (HSH) program, which is designed for high school students to go into classrooms to teach elementary school programs for the day. They get to go into local schools in their community and earn a total of eight community service hours.
One of the most interesting parts of HSH is going to the trainings and observing how nervous the students often are about teaching younger children. The student volunteers sometimes doubt themselves during the trainings; however, the moment they get to the school and are in the classrooms, they rise to the challenge and become teachers for the day.
Being at these trainings and events I have seen a lot of 'aha' moments with our student volunteers. Usually half-way through the day, they've shaken off initial nerves and express how much fun they are having or how smart and well-behaved their classes are. By the end of the day, most, if not all, of the volunteers express they would love to return to do more events and that they have learned so much from being role models to these younger children.
I've seen students' attitudes change so much from the initial trainings to the events and afterwards. They often realize they had no reason to be nervous, and as long as they've prepared their JA materials with their group or partners, everything goes easily.
In addition, it's always so fun and encouraging to see how happy and enthusiastic the elementary school teachers and younger students are to have JA High School Heroes at their schools. HSH events are fun for everyone, including the JA staff, knowing that our student volunteers are contributing their time to teach younger generations about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career readiness, and ultimately walk away with more confidence and knowledge themselves.