January is JA Alumni Month. Here what some of our JA alumni have to say about their JA experience.
Renick Brown, Financial Adviser for Nationwide Financial in New Carlisle said,”I enjoy participating in Junior Achievement for many reasons. JA was a highlight of my high school career and I hope I can give that to another student. The program provides financial building blocks to the student which they can utilize in their everyday lives. Additionally, JA programs are very well done; they grab the students’ attention and keep it, allowing them to absorb the material more readily.”
Laura Toops, HR Manager at Stanley Electric had this to say about her JA experience,” During my Junior Achievement class at London High School we had the opportunity to run our own business. The project gave me a better understanding of what it meant to be in the business industry as an entrepreneur and influenced me to pursue my business degree after graduating high school. It also inspired me to become a Junior Achievement volunteer and share my experiences with local students. ” Laura has been volunteering to teach Junior Achievement to students in Madison County for 20 years.
“In my younger years as a middle school student, I had the opportunity to have a JA volunteer come to my school and teach the class about the importance of money management, career opportunities and making the right choices in life. This made a huge impact on my life because now I am a Branch Sales and Service Associate for PNC Bank in London Ohio. I now have the opportunity to help educate my clients on the importance of money management and help them to achieve their financial goals. I am now a JA volunteer and look forward to educating children on the same important facts of life that I was educated on through Junior Achievement!! Thank you JA for being a huge influence in my life!,” said Kathleen Graybeal