Volunteers with Junior Achievement stopped by Shroder to share career insights


Students at Shroder High School are getting lessons in personal finance and budgeting, conflict-resolution, and career building directly from professionals thanks to Junior Achievement – Cincinnati/Dayton/Richmond.

Christa Atkins, Senior Programmer Analyst at Western & Southern Financial Group, helps students with an activity around problem-solving.

Sophomores at Shroder High School participated in Junior Achievement Day of Difference on Friday, January 26, 2018. Volunteers from Western & Southern Financial Group took the day off work to lead the students through various lessons that lead to career success. Activities included role play for job interviews or conflict management, and working in small groups through worksheets to strengthen critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

“It’s interesting to talk with them about what it takes to run a business, because I want to be able to have a business when I grow up,” said sophomore Kaleb Perry about the program.

Many of the sophomores participated in the financial literacy and the job shadowing programs, typically offered in the eighth grade. Different Junior Achievement lessons are meant to build on each other throughout the course of high school, helping students progressively build relationships with the business community, and vice versa.

“I like this program because it’s a reminder that your job should be something that you’re passionate about, and not just what’s easy,” said sophomore Alana Edwards, who wants to go to college and become a veterinarian. 

The volunteers typically find the program to be a gratifying way to give back and contribute to the success of future professionals—no matter what they go on to do.

“At the end of the day, all of us who volunteer have a renewed appreciation for what teachers do, day-in and day-out,” said Tom Stanek, VP Eagle Realty (member of Western & Southern Financial Group), Junior Achievement board member and volunteer for the day.

Local 12 was there to interview volunteers, students and Marilyn Coleman, United Dairy Farmers CFO and Junior Achievement board member. You can watch the story here:


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