JA Alumna Continues to Give Back

JA alumni know Junior Achievement programs empower students to make the connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world. Today?s young people can reap the benefits of JA alumni?s experience by tapping into their expertise and passion, fueled by their personal success. This example from JA of Central Florida <http://www.jacentralfl.org/> in Orlando demonstrates just that. Amy Bonilla, a JA alumna, previous NLC speaker, and former intern for JA USA, shared this story of how she continues to engage with Junior Achievement.Amy, who is a junior?at the University of Central Florida <http://www.ucf.edu/> (UCF), is interning at the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. She is helping to open the Starter Lab?an initiative that will serve as a "maker space" where students from all disciplines can let their imaginations run wild and create products, ideas or services to change the community. ?"Its like the root of entrepreneurship itself!" Amy said. "I wish all JA students and alumni one day will have access to resources as this one. They can be truly life changing. We have everything from a 3D printer, to Google Glass and even sewing machines!"This semester Amy is leading a team of four other UCF students in a service learning project. The nonprofit organization they selected to partner with is Junior Achievement of Central Florida.[UCF Logo] <http://www.ucf.edu/> "Aside from teaching JA Our Region <http://bit.ly/1uxWCuO> ? for the next five weeks, we are also fundraising <http://bit.ly/1t57ovt> $2,000 to go toward the annual Hall of Fame and the support of JA programs. Im super excited to be leading my team and going back to an elementary school and teach the programs that once changed my life! Today was my observation visit and I honestly saw myself in so many of the students?their excitement and thirst for knowledge was so inspiring. JA is so fulfilling! I just hope and pray that my efforts will plant that little seed of knowledge in their minds and empower them to own their economic success!" Amy concluded.To learn more about Amy?s fundraising initiative, click here <http://bit.ly/1t57ovt> .

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