Volunteer Spotlight: Lisa O’Neill

At Beaches Habitat for Humanity, O'Neill helped students with personal finance concepts and planning career options based on their skills and interests.

At Beaches Habitat for Humanity, O’Neill helped students with personal finance concepts and planning career options based on their skills and interests.

Today’s spotlight is on Lisa O’Neill, JA Board of Directors Committee Chair and  National Accounts Manager at DTCC. She taught JA Economics for Success to high school students during January and February at Beaches Habitat for Humanity.

What did you enjoy most about volunteering?

The Staff at Beaches Habitat are terrific and their encouragement for the kids to achieve great things is very contagious. They are very supportive of the volunteers. Also, the kids were really engaged.

What do you hope the kids take away from the lessons you taught?

We talked about it each week so I hope that they will take away making thoughtful decisions about saving and spending money and being ever so mindful of their budget. I hope that they will all create a budget.

How long have you been involved with Junior Achievement and when were you first introduced to JA?

I was introduced about 10 years ago by a colleague who had volunteered and really enjoyed it.

Why is supporting Junior Achievement important?

When you see the students participating with enthusiasm and understanding the importance of the concepts, I find it very exciting that I might be making a difference.

Any stories or moments you’d like to share from volunteering at Beaches Habitat?

There are two things that stood out about this group: 1) they really liked the games that reinforced the concepts which made the sessions very enthusiastic and competitive, and 2) I received thank you notes from a couple of the students that gives me the feeling that the lessons were well received and they really touched my heart.

To learn more about becoming involved or volunteering with JA, please visit jajax.com.

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