Our Supporters - Alumni Spotlight
"I always wanted to teach and through my opportunity with JA, I had the ability to gain knowledge and a better understanding of teaching."
Jamarious Nickerson participated in Junior Achievement as a JA High School Hero while he attended University High School in Newark. After graduating in 2007, Nickerson went on to attend William Paterson University and is now a Nation Builder in the Newark Public School district.
While participating in JA, Nickerson had the opportunity to teach financial literacy programs to elementary school students and also attend the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™ as an ambassador. Nickerson said his experience with JA was humbling and also fun. The opportunity provided him with the experience of being a teacher for the day, which he credits to encouraging his dream of becoming a teacher.
Vice President at Chubb and Son, is a Junior Achievement alumus! During 1981-85 while attending an all girls Catholic High School in New York, she participated in JA once a week which allowed her to meet students from other schools. They formed a company where they elected officers and then created, produced, marketed and sold a product. Volunteers from local banks visited weekly presenting business lessons and guiding them in running their company. McKeon said, "The program taught us the life cycle of a business," as they even learned about stocks. She even remembers creating customizable plastic key chains one year and said her experience with JA was "fantastic"!
McKeon certainly made the most of her JA experience! She was selected to attend a JA Regional and National Conference where she was even given the responsibility of emceeing the talent show during both conferences. Public speaking is a skill that some do not enjoy but McKeon credits JA with helping her to improve those skills. Through her involvement in JA, she won a scholarship that allowed her to attend a Dale Carnegie public speaking course. McKeon still uses what she learned today and unlike many, says the bigger the audience the better!
"The most important thing I learned through JA was being able to think on my feet. I still use it today," McKeon said. After graduating from college, McKeon gave back to JA by chaperoning students to the conferences she attended as a student and today she is still giving back. Currently she volunteers with Chubb and Son in the classroom, at JA Finance Park and she also participates in special events including the Women's Future Leadership Forum.