Volunteer Shares Reason for Service

There are many personal and professional reasons to volunteer for Junior Achievement. A Junior Achievement of Oklahoma volunteer recently explained her reason in simple terms: to make a difference for young people. Vice President of Programs Belynda Clanton tells the volunteer's story:

"We are currently matching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals to STEM University students to deliver JA programs at a local high school," wrote Belynda. "When introducing one of the university students to his professional partner, the student asked, 'Why do you volunteer for Junior Achievement?' The professional replied, 'I see how much my own kids need to know, and they have opportunities and support from family, so I volunteer for Junior Achievement to reach those students who have the same need to know with so much less available to them. It is a way to make a difference.'" JA volunteers come from all walks of life-business people, college students, retirees, parents and grandparents. What is common among them is the sense of fulfillment they express as a result of their service.

Volunteering with Junior Achievement leaves them feeling proud, energized and hopeful about a better future for our young people. For their part, the young people are left with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. For volunteers and students, the JA experience is win-win!

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