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What better way to reinforce everything you’ve been learning about business and finance than to learn how to teach it to kids? High School Heroes, a program from Junior Achievement New York (JANY) offers just such an opportunity to students. Anastasia Navarro, a senior at SJHS, recently participated in High School Heroes for the second year in a row. Last year, she spent a day teaching 3rd graders, while this year she tried out the 5th grade.

The program begins with workshops and seminars where students learn from JANY representatives how to present their lessons to kids in a fun, interactive manner. This was a great way for Anastasia to work on overcoming her fear of presenting and public speaking. But her favorite part of the whole experience was getting to interact with kids. Anastasia dreams of one day becoming a Forensic Psychologist. It’s clear that whether teaching remains a part of her life in the future or not, the importance of sharing what she has learned with the next generation in a way that’s interesting and relatable will continue to be important to Anastasia for a long time.

St. Joseph High School is pleased to participate in an on-going partnership with Junior Achievement, an organization that seeks to prepare young people for economic success. Past events that Anastasia and other Business Program students at SJHS took part in include regular Business Breakfasts with representatives of the investment company BNY Mellon, lessons in networking, and mentorship from successful business professionals.