Junior Achievement Involvement Comes Full-Circle

Volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing their personal and professional experiences and skills with students, volunteers inspire students to make a connection between school and success in work and life. Many of Junior Achievement?s greatest volunteers are JA alumni. Who knows better how inspirational JA programs can be than someone who has been through a Junior Achievement program?Belynda Clanton, vice president of programs at Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, shared a story about how JA had come full circle for one student. JA of Oklahoma has a well-developed student scholarship program with seven specific local scholarships available. Clanton came across an inspiring story when reviewing JA scholarship applications recently.?One applicant, Conner, wrote, "What I most loved as an elementary student of Junior Achievement was having it taught to me by high school students.?I looked up to those students and could not wait to be in high school and teach like them."That day finally arrived, when as a high school senior, Conner had the opportunity to go back into his elementary school as a JA volunteer through a JA Job ShadowTM variance.?Conner concluded his essay by saying, "I am grateful for the chance to teach and be taught by Junior Achievement because it has prepared me for my future and I will pass on all the lessons I have learned."It?s probably no surprise that Conner was chosen as a 2012 JA Scholarship award winner and won a $1,000 cash prize.

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