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Black Tie empowers youth with Junior Achievement BC


Last week, Phyllis and Sebastien went to A.R. MacNeil Secondary and volunteered their time to “Empower young people to own their economic success.”  “Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities. They partner with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Their programs give students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. ”


Here’s what Sebastien Nault, owner of Black Tie Property Services has to say about his volunteer experience.

“Volunteering for JA is a rewarding experience because it gives you an opportunity to connect with youth.  Every time I enter the classroom, I am impressed by how smart these kids are and how much they know.  I wish that I had someone to explain money management to me at their age, because it would have saved me a lot of trouble and heartache.  The main reason I volunteer with JA is so I can share my firsthand experience, and so that these kids can learn from my mistakes. “

We had such a great time volunteering with youth that we created this list to share with you:

5 reasons volunteering is awesome!

1. It’s for a good cause: It’s rewarding to know that something you do can contribute to helping others.  It’s these actions that give you those warm and fuzzy feelings.

2. Community and Connections: Through volunteerism, you have the opportunity to create connections with people of all different age groups and backgrounds over a higher purpose.  Something bigger than yourself.

3. Knowledge & Learning: There’s always opportunity to gain experience and learn more about a specified area, possibly about yourself and also about other people.


4. Fun: Volunteering is a fun way to explore your interests and passions.  It can be an interesting and meaningful way to spend your time and gain new experiences.

5. It can make you happier: Studies have shown that volunteering can give you the feeling of having more time (oddly enough), create social bonds to make you feel more loved and give you greater satisfaction in life.  You can read more on that here:

Hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you had a great volunteer experience you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you!


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