Making an Impact

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Image caption: Pictured: Rick with fellow Junior Achievement students

Sometimes the most significant impact you can make is being present in someone's life. For many children, having an adult show up and invest in their lives is the very catalyst they need for a successful future. Rick Sternhagen, initially as a Junior Achievement volunteer and now as a member of the board of directors has witnessed first-hand the power of mentoring. Rick is the Director of Sales Planning for Sargento foods and began volunteering with Junior Achievement through his employer. 

"I was nervous just like anybody else to go into a classroom and teach, but JA makes it as easy as possible for beginners and guides people through the process." After taking that first step into the classroom, Rick fell in love with working with JA students and truly believes in the process of supporting kids K-12 through volunteering and sharing their knowledge of business education. "JA helps children have a better understanding of economics, finance, career readiness, and it teaches them leadership skills. Sargento has generously supported JA through the years, which is wonderful because it really does help make kids successful," he said.

By revealing the basics of business in a way that is relevant to students, elementary, middle, and high school students can acquire the knowledge they need to comfortably prepare for their futures.

"You always hear, Aww, these kids today!... But you know what? These kids today are no different than we were. JA has shown me that kids today still have the need and desire to succeed," said Rick. Along with financial support from Sargento, several JA volunteers have come from the Sargento family. These volunteers and educators are equipping young people and helping them realize their dreams for their future.

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