JA Volunteer Story: Meet Coty Benrimoj

It's Volunteer Appreciation Week! We want to recognize our 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--Coty Berimoj!

JA: Why did you decide to volunteer with Junior Achievement?
Coty: Last year, I substituted for my daughter who is a branch manger at U.S. Bank and could not leave her post at work. When I volunteered, I enjoyed it very much and decided to continue volunteering to give back to the community.

JA: What is your teaching style?
Coty: I am relaxed and a positive influence.

JA: What did you like most about your volunteer experience?
Coty: I like how well organized Junior Achievement curriculum is. Everyone involved is very supportive of your needs and the needs of the community.

JA: What challenges did you face when volunteering? How did you overcome them?
Coty: I had no challenges. Everything went very smoothly.

JA: Any memorable quotes from the kids?
Coty: The kids identified with me. I am a recently published author and speak Spanish as well. When mentioned this, some of the Spanish-speaking children came up to me and greeted me in Spanish, which I thought was adorable.

JA: Anything else you would like to share about your experience?
Coty: I had a very good class where teacher Caruso was a very positive influence for me and the students. Her style was just how I would perceive an excellent teacher to have. She modeled a positive reinforcement and was very supportive of me as a volunteer as well as to the children she teaches.

"The kids loved having Coty, and it was especially unique to have an author in the classroom. They were so lucky that she drove all the way from Carlsbad to El Cajon to volunteer for them!" -- Kristin Stephens, education manager in East County 

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