MBA Students Become Teachers with Junior Achievement

Published: May 3, 2010

A group of UT MBA students left their desks and took to the front of the classroom, becoming teachers to students at nearby Stewart Middle Magnet School.

The volunteers spent the morning teaching budgeting, personal finance and insurance as a program of Junior Achievement, the largest and oldest nonprofit organization that teaches the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship to students in grades kindergarten to 12.

“It is important that our community is involved in educating children,” said Carla Prescott, senior education director for Junior Achievement. “Having the MBA students involved shows that what you learn in school is relevant and important in the real world.”

H.L. Prindle III, an MBA student with a concentration in management, had volunteered with Junior Achievement through his undergraduate alma mater’s alumni club. As the vice president of business development for UT-GOLD, the University’s Graduate Organization of Leadership and Development, Prindle thought, “Who better to teach economics-related lessons than MBA students?”

“It doesn’t take a lot to make an impact,” said Prindle ’10.

Not only does it give the middle schoolers an interaction they might not otherwise have, Prindle said, it gives the graduate students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

“It feels good to be able to teach kids new lessons and life skills,” said Felicity Carey ’11, a Marketing of Science in Accounting student who previously volunteered with Junior Achievement with UT’s Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. “The students have a good time too.”

The goal of UT-GOLD is to further enrich and develop the lives of all graduate students, and this is just one opportunity, said Prindle. Another is a recent leadership forum where several high-powered businesspeople, including Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, interacted with about 90 attendees on what it means to be a leader. UT-GOLD members have also volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House and participated in an ALS walk.

“Part of UT-GOLD’s mission is to be out in the community,” said Emily Ghosh ’10, an MBA student and president of UT-GOLD, who was excited to be volunteering with Junior Achievement. “We’ve been blessed to go to school and to graduate school. To show these students who may not be as fortunate that it’s possible is really rewarding.”

Prescott said the UT students are role models who show that college is attainable and worth striving toward. While the school is less than 2 miles away, the distance in opportunity between UT and the middle school is much greater.

Stewart is a Title I school, which means the majority of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch. The number of economically disadvantaged students account for 73 percent of Stewart’s population.

 

  

Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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