On Friday, June 3, three co-workers and I skipped the office and headed instead to school. At Washington Irving School 14, more than 1,300 elementary students waited for the many volunteers needed to lead a full day of programming teaching them about financial literacy and career readiness. Four of us from Bohlsen Group sported our powder blue “Bohlsen Group is Indiana’s First Certified B Corporation” shirts, as you can see in the pictures below.
Junior Achievement provided all the materials we needed, so my co-lead Trena and I just had to show up and keep their attention as we read sections from the workbook to the students. Notecards and games helped with keeping them invested and participating.
Not only did the day of volunteering boost my already huge appreciation of teachers, but it also underscored for me the importance of getting out in the community and interacting with our youngest neighbors. I highly recommend looking into organizations like Junior Achievement, Girls Inc., and your local Parent Teacher Organization to see how you can add value to the lives of young people in your community.