Volunteers are the backbone of Junior Achievement. Every year, hundreds and hundreds of local business professionals share their time and experience with our students. Their real-world experience and insight, coupled with the cutting edge JA curriculum, is enriching educations and lives every day. It’s not overstating it to say that they’re building a better future!
This month, we want to introduce you to a JA of Lincoln volunteer who has been sharing his time and expertise for a decade. Not only does Brandon Smith of Raymond James & Associates a JA classroom volunteer, he’s also a member of the JA of Lincoln Young Professionals Board and serves on our auction committee. He’s taught 6th, 7th, 11th, and 12th grade classes over the years, and says his favorite part of volunteering is, “Getting a chance to present information on financial topics that will have a significant impact for every student in their life.”
Most recently, Brandon volunteered in a 6th grade classroom at Lefler Middle School, teaching the “It’s My Business” JA curriculum focusing on entrepreneurship. He says, “It was fantastic and fun to see the students come up with innovative entrepreneurship ideas, most of which incorporated a social aspect as well. Some of these ideas may seem far-fetched today, but it also gives perspective on what the future consumers in our society desire, or how some industries may continue to evolve as a business.”
Brandon’s long-time experience has convinced him of the value of the JA experience, both for students and volunteers. “A volunteer can provide real world perspective and help educate students on financial literacy. Learning about credit, budgets, and other important financial concepts can help students make improved future financial decisions. More often than not, these are topics that students aren’t as familiar with currently but will be an important factor in their life going forward.”
We want to offer our deepest gratitude to Brandon and all our other amazing JA volunteers! They’re making an impact in our classrooms, every single day! If the best way to predict the future is to create it, our volunteers are predicting a brighter tomorrow for our students, our city, and our nation.
If you would like more information about volunteering, please contact Alison at firstname.lastname@example.org