JA of Southern Nevada would like to recognize Rolly Uclaray from US Bank as the 2016-2017 Volunteer of the Year.
Rolly has been volunteering with JA of Southern Nevada since 2010.
During the past 7 years, Rolly has volunteered at numerous JA in a Days and Finance Park Days.
Rolly has gone above and beyond during this past school year and we would like to recognize him for all the hard work that he has done teaching and promoting JA of Southern Nevada.
Quick Interview with Rolly
What do you find most rewarding about your role as a JA volunteer?
What I find most rewarding as a JA volunteer is knowing I can help make a difference in our community and in a child’s life.
What was a particularly rewarding lesson you have taught as a JA Volunteer?
I love volunteering at finance park. My favorite part of the lesson is when you get to help the students budget their money. Hearing the students talk about all the materialistic stuff they want to buy like nice cars, designer clothes and a big house really opens my eyes on how important teaching to budget really is, especially if your a single parent or have two children and a job that doesn’t pay much.
Please share your favorite JA story.
Before I started teaching my curriculum, I remember asking my 5th grade class “What do you want to after you graduate high school?” I heard a lot of great answers like go to college to become a doctor, a teacher, a lawyer but two answers stood out to me, one student said “work at the casino and be a cook”, another student said “work housekeeping in a hotel” and then I asked why? Their answers; because my dad is a cook and my mom is a housekeeper.
Once I was done teaching them about being an entrepreneur. I asked the question again. “What do you want to do after high school?” The one student that wanted to be a cook answered “I want to go to college so I can own my own business one day and be my own boss” and the other student said a housekeeper.
I’m not saying it’s wrong to be a cook or a housekeeper. I mean, if that’s your passion then go for it. What I am saying is, if these students only know by what they see then it is up to us to educate them on why it’s important to further their education.
If I can inspire at least one student to understand there’s more to life then what they see, then I’ve done my job as a volunteer.