Alumna Returns to Former School District to Inspire the Next Generation

Sara Lucio started volunteering for Junior Achievement though a service learning project with the University of Colorado-Denver. The project turned into a passion after Sara shared her story with the students and heard their stories in return.

“I asked the students to introduce themselves, name one special skill they have, and what they wanted to be when they got older,” explains Sara. “One of the girls responded that she did not have any special skills and did not have the slightest idea of what she wanted to be.” Throughout Sara’s presentation, she touched on different skill areas that reflect a variety of career pathways. By the end of the class, the same student was proud to stand up and share her new found skills and future career goals. “That was the highlight of my day,” said Sara. Since then, Sara has taught JA programs in all middle school grades.

“It is important for me to be involved with Junior Achievement because I feel that I am giving back to the community by contributing to the success of the students by encouraging and motivating them to achieve their life goals both academically and professionally,” said Sara. “The greatest reward I will receive out of this is the success of the students who will shape the world.”

During her most recent volunteer opportunity with Junior Achievement, Sara returned to the school district she once attended to teach 6th grade students about the “Economics for Success.” As she was walking students through career paths, salaries, and the importance of staying in school, one of Sara’s former teachers, Andy Roob, walked into the room. Andy now serves as the Personal Financial Literacy (PFL) Coordinator for the district and was proud to see his former student paying it forward, teaching young people the value of personal finance in their lives.

“So often teachers do not get a chance to see the fruits of their labor,” said Andy. “Watching Sara, as she spoke with great confidence to a group of middle schoolers, I was filled with pride. She got an A+.”