My biggest 2018 resolution is to get out of my comfort zone. It is very easy for me to reject opportunities because they are scary. I am quite content in my little routine, thank you very much. However, this year I am facing my fears and embracing opportunities for personal growth in all areas of my life. So, when another volunteer from Junior League asked me if I wanted to volunteer with Junior Achievements, my initial thought was to run for the hills.
Junior Achievement, if you don’t know much about them, is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy (their website www.juniorachievement.org). So, when I was asked if I would teach and volunteer a class of twenty-six 3rd graders I agreed meanwhile panicking inside. I have never taught a class, let alone a class full of 9-year-olds. As I went through the material Junior Achievement provided, I began to understand how complex lessons about personal finance and city operations could actually be fun. Yes, I said fun! Junior Achievement literally does all the work, you just have to show up teach the provided lessons and game and get the kids excited!
As I arrived to class and set up, my nerves were going crazy. I pictured uninterested and rude children who hated my material (I pictured the worst scenario). But I was so pleasantly surprised; these kids loved everything! They were incredibly involved and I had multiple hands shoot up when I would ask the class questions or even ask for volunteers.
I thoroughly enjoyed educating the kids and making a difference on how they perceived money.
Personal finance, unfortunately, is just not taught in schools. I believe it is such a valuable life lesson that can positively impact children as they grow up in our global economy. I am incredibly thankful for Junior Achievements and their mission to educate children and young adults to have a healthy relationship with money. If you ever want to experience this for yourself feel free to email me and I can send you their contact information. Oh and buh bye fear of public speaking, I’m coming to get ya!
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Junior Achievement is not affiliated with LPL Financial.