We hope that there’s never any doubt about how much we love our JA of Lincoln Classroom volunteers! They truly are what makes our mission possible. It takes the time, generosity, experience, insight, and dedication of a small army of community-minded individuals to make our model work, and we’re so thankful to all of you who take our messages of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and business ethics into classrooms every day. That’s why, whenever possible, we love to shine a spotlight on one of our outstanding volunteers!
Former Lincoln City Councilman Doug Emery has been a JA volunteer for four years. In that time, he’s volunteered nearly every semester, teaching the JA Exploring Economics curriculum to Lincoln high school students. He’s teaching his 6th class this fall at Northeast High School in Deb Wolken’s Business Economics’ class. Last year, he was inducted into the JA Volunteer Apple Society.
Doug says he loves the JA experience because, “It is very enjoyable to see the young people get engaged and see how economics affects their daily lives, their future plans and how they think about saving.” His favorite lessons have to deal with, “Discussions on how important savings and investing along with a realization of the importance of budgeting and how that is affected by inflation. When the light goes on and the students realize how much it will cost them to be “on their own” in the near future.”
JA’s Exploring Economics is a special program because LPS has adopted our JA curriculum as a part of the Business Economics class in the Business Department. This year, we have a total of 35 sections of Exploring Economics being taught to roughly 775 LPS high school students. That’s why volunteers like Doug, who we know we can count on, are so vital to our continuing success!