University volunteer learns alongside students

Many of us have heard the old adage that the best way to learn something is to teach it. This certainly is the case for many JA-Rocky Mountain volunteers who spend time reviewing and strengthening their own economic and financial management knowledge in order to effectively teach JA programs.  And, for university student volunteer Paulina Cisneros, this was particularly true.

“I volunteered at Clayton Partnership School where I taught students about the global marketplace,” said Paulina.  “Before I could teach the kids, I had to learn the material myself and brush up on the economics I had learned during my senior year in high school.”

In her second year of college at Johnson & Wales University, Paulina is studying Bakery and Pastry Arts.  As a JA volunteer, Paulina was able to supplement her university knowledge with the concepts that she learned through her volunteer service.  And, she inspired younger students in the process.

“The most rewarding part of my experience was seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces knowing that someone new came to their class and throughout the day they would learn something different in a fun and interactive way,” said Paulina.

An increasing number of university students are volunteering to teach JA programs through JA College Connect presented by TIAA.  Whether they are connecting with JA through a service learning class at their college or university, or, like Paulina, volunteer on their own, JA is tapping into the energy and enthusiasm of the millennial generation to build a pipeline of future JA advocates.

“I encourage other college students to volunteer and try something new that they never really considered before.  It’s a great learning experience for the kids and for you,” said Paulina. “You learn new concepts and what you’re capable of, and it can have a positive impact on kids’ lives.”

Visit JA’s website to learn more about JA College Connect and how you can volunteer today.