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Business volunteers needed for program

Published 10:53pm Monday, February 25, 2013

The Community Action Coalition of Suffolk is seeking volunteers to help deliver a business ethics program at King’s Fork High School.

The Junior Achievement Business Ethics Program will potentially reach more than 400 students, teaching them workforce skills they might not learn in algebra or biology, CAC volunteer coordinator Tonya Bangley said.

“The Community Action Coalition is trying to help bring kids to an understanding … by helping them become more workforce-ready,” Bangley said.

Knowing how business works is an important basis for future success, she added. “It’s a totally different world coming from an education environment into a business environment.”

The program, which involves four timeslots each on March 6 and 26 and April 15 and 23, needs 30 to 40 volunteers.

“We are asking volunteers to commit to one timeslot for all four days,” Bangley said. “They will lead breakout groups … and do group sessions.”

Volunteers, who will receive training, must be aged at least 21, be able to stand for an hour or two at a time, have the time to prepare program materials before sessions, and have a professional business background or military leadership background.

“You don’t even have to be a business professional,” Bangley said. “People that are retired from business would be a perfect fit, because they have years of experience and they know how these things work.”

As well as session leaders, CAC also needs volunteers to help facilitate sessions.

One-hour volunteer training sessions will be held at a location to be announced on Friday, March 1.

Those wishing to volunteer can email Bangley at TBangley@msn.com or CACofSuffolkVA@aol.com. Include your name and phone number. Bangley can also be contacted at 353-4778.

“The program is pretty straightforward,” she said. “If it’s successful at King’s Fork High School, we’d like to do it at all the high schools.”

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