JA Volunteer Story: David Bernhard
It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to recognize our awesome volunteers who donate their precious time to help us teach the kids how to get a job, start a business and how money works.
Meet one of thousands of JA volunteers that make our programs a reality--David Bernhard!
JA: Why did you decide to volunteer with Junior Achievement?
David: I've done it before and the kids have fun.
JA: What is your teaching style?
David: I try to get the kids to determine their own strengths and weaknesses and applaud them for admitting what they are not so great at. I then team them up with someone who has a strength that they don't have.
JA: What did you like most about your volunteer experience?
David: I taught a special needs class where some kids lacked confidence. Watching them start with confusion and maybe a little bit of fear at first and then finishing with a big smile was great.
JA: What challenges did you face when volunteering? How did you overcome them?
David: There was one kid who was having a bad day and went around the room saying "I'm not doing this, I'm not doing this..." and being a bit of a distraction to the other kids. I gave her a piece of paper and had her draw a picture. She eventually came around and participated when she saw that everyone else was having fun.
JA: Anything else you would like to share about your experience?
David: The kids came up with some cute names for their businesses for one of the lessons: Kindred Spirit Ice Cream, Hammer Girls Construction, The Bacon Farm.
"David is a spectacular volunteer! I enjoy seeing him each semester. He is such a strong presence in our classrooms. The students enjoy his lessons immensely." - Jessica Saddler, Junior Achievement education manager in North County--Inland.
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