Volunteer Couple Inspired by JA Students

Vanessa first volunteered for Junior Achievement in 2006, not knowing the impact she would have on the students, or the impact the high school students would have on her life. Robyn Brown, program manager for Junior Achievement of Oklahoma <http://bit.ly/1rhZPxh> , shared Vanessa and her husband?s touching story.[Vanessa Scarborough (right) gets ready to go teach another JA class!]Vanessa became ill just after delivering a few of the JA sessions. She was surprised that the students sent her get-well cards and let her know they couldn?t wait for her to return. Vanessa did return and finished her class commitment. She has remained in contact with the teacher, as well as some of the students, even after they graduated. Changes at work then prevented Vanessa from volunteering for Junior Achievement, but she never forgot this first experience. She couldn?t wait to return this year, when she had the opportunity to teach a JA in a Day. Vanessa invited her husband to join her as a JA volunteer for her assigned sixth grade class. Here?s what she had to say about her day: The teacher was absolutely amazing to work with. The curriculum was great and my husband and I learned something new about ourselves. We?ve always preferred working with older high school students, but we believe that has now shifted to sixth through tenth graders. Who knew? LOL The kids begged us to come back on Friday. It was so great to talk with them and to encourage them to see themselves outside of the current environment and what they can attain. The kids soaked it up. Several of them asked for some of the JA items to take home. I encouraged them to take the items home and hang them on their walls so they don?t forget that day. I also encouraged them to remember they can be whatever they aspire to be and to always work together for a common goal. This experience inspired my husband and I so much that we?ve decided to start a foundation for kids in order to give back, to provide clothing, shoes, and even computers for their homes. Thanks to JA for the opportunity to give back to our community.

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