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Volunteer Spotlight: Courtney Carpenter

Courtney CarpenterVolunteers are the heart of Junior Achievement. Without the time and generosity of our hundreds of amazing volunteers, all the innovative curriculum in the world wouldn’t mean a thing. Our volunteers are the ones who take our messages to the students, who share their own gifts and experiences, and who make a difference in classrooms all over Southeastern Nebraska every day. We are so grateful for each and every one!

This month, we wanted to shine a spotlight on one of those wonderful people! Courtney Carpenter is a UNL student and intern at Firespring. She’s currently a JA volunteer in a kindergarten class at Lincoln Christian School.

After hearing about great experiences her Firespring co-workers were having as JA volunteers, Courtney decided to give it a try. She says the preparation was easy. “The first step was meeting with Chelsea, going over the curriculum and receiving your bag of supplies for the classroom. The meeting was very casual and easy to understand.” Her first time in the classroom was equally positive. “The kids were a little shy at first but quickly warmed up to me, told me silly stories and asked me questions about myself. It was better than I had even expected. The kids were excited for me to be there and paid attention well. At the end of each session they are sad to see me leave and always ask if I can teach them more. It is absolutely heart-warming to see Junior Achievement’s program inspiring kids to want to learn more.”

“My overall experience as a JA volunteer has been amazing. I don’t want to stop coming back to these kids and spending quality time with them. The best part is seeing how engaged the kids are in each activity Junior Achievement has provided.” After her great experience, it’s no surprise that Courtney is a new advocate for JA. “I would definitely recommend becoming a JA classroom volunteer to all of my friends and colleagues. It is an opportunity to help young minds develop and see them grow as individuals throughout that process.”

Thank you so much to Courtney for sharing her time and talents with the kindergarteners at Lincoln Christian! If you are interested in becoming a JA volunteer in a Lincoln classroom, contact JA Program Director Alison Gottsch-Walton at or (402) 467-1741.

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