Reverse Job Shadow Day Inspires Students and Volunteers

The Junior Achievement office in Los Angeles recently completed a very special job shadow at the JA Finance Park. Marisa Materna, senior director of special events and PR for Junior Achievement of Southern California, shared the experiences from some of the volunteers of the first Reverse Job Shadow Career Day.

On Wednesday, April 3, JA of Southern California partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) District Office of Transition Services, also known at DOTS. DOTS provides instructional support, career guidance and job opportunities to prepare students with special needs for the adult world. This life-changing experience took place in JA Finance Park for 88 students, which included a special group of students who are blind. The volunteers were caring associates from Union Bank, Citibank, AFLAC and Burberry.

A volunteer from Citibank shared how inspirational it was to listen to stories of individual triumph from students of the Transition Program."Each student was able to articulate their proudest moment of every day: serving food to senior citizens, cleaning tables and making the environment at work more pleasant. We were able to connect because (at Citibank) we also focus on serving our clients and making our branch environment more inviting."

Junior Achievement focuses on empowering young people to own their economic success, but sometimes it takes someone like the students at DOTS to remind us about our mission and how a singular experience can change someone's life forever.

"I was hoping to make a difference in someone else?s life, but to be honest, it made a difference in my life," concluded JA volunteer Albert Toro of Burberry Private Clients.

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