Junior Achievement of Huntington County recognized former board member Andy Zay at its February meeting.
For his long-time support of JA, he was presented with a gift of a Titleist/Cubs hat that had been embroidered on the side with the Junior Achievement logo.
Zay started with JA nearly 15 years ago when he volunteered to teach the second grade "Our Community" program at Andrews Elementary.
He continued to volunteer at Andrews for about four years and then moved to teaching the same program at Huntington Catholic where he continues to volunteer today.
He also spent three years volunteering in the classroom at Huntington North High School teaching JA's "Success Skills" program.
In 2003, Zay joined Junior Achievement of Huntington County's board. He served as president for three years, making necessary changes to how the board raised funds. He moved to eliminate the volume of fund-raisers that JA once did and pushed to instead focus on two or three good fund-raisers. Out of this effort, the letter campaign was better organized and was the target fund-raiser for Huntington County.
From his involvement with Junior Achievement, Zay was asked to work with the Financial Stability Coalition, Life-Long Learning, the United Way Financial Literacy Initiative, summer programming at the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club.
Now his involvement with JA is on the Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana (JANI) Regional Board.
Zay says, "Being a business owner and a community advocate, I think the mission of Junior Achievement aligns perfectly with who I am and what I stand for. I believe the future of the communities that we live and work in will succeed only if the next generation understands the importance of basic economics and fiscal stewardship.
"I enjoy my time in the classroom with the kids and the growth opportunities of Junior Achievement in Northeast Indiana by helping to reach over 100,000 kids with programs of Junior Achievement."
For more information about volunteering in the classroom or donating to Junior Achievement of Huntington County, contact Dawn Horan, JA area coordinator, at 273-0855 or Megan Bobay, JA board president and Parkview Huntington Hospital dietitian, at 355-3213.