For Jama Smith, her auction business is just one piece of her everyday life. Her passion for Junior Achievement (JA) has fueled her drive to be a corporate volunteer for the past 10 years, in which she has taught students from fourth-grade to high school.
She doesn’t just teach the program curriculum that JA provides, though. To add her own touch to the lessons, she incorporates the lessons she has learned in both her life and in business. One program she taught required the students to research careers, colleges and the concept of self-branding. She connected the concept with the students by explaining it as, “We understand that companies have brands… Do you have a brand? When you walk into a room, do people automatically think some things about you?” This was a question that all 20 students in her class knew from their own experience.
Life and work experiences do more than provide examples to the students. The sharing of experiences helps create a connection between the volunteer and the students. At JA we believe that while we make it easy for volunteers to teach students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship; it's the volunteers that bring in their personal and professional experiences that make the programs exciting to the students.
In the 2015-2016 JA program year, more than 230,000 volunteers gave their time to make an impact using their experience inside their classroom.
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Francisco, B. (2017, July 9). An auctioneer helps kids map careers | Local | Journal Gazette. Retrieved August 08, 2017, from http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170709/an-auctioneer-helps-kids-map-careers