CARE: Credit Abuse Resistance Education

Volunteer Profile Series: Guion Johnstone

This month we are pleased to share our latest volunteer profile on Guion Johnstone who serves on CARE’s Advisory Board. Guion has spent 5 years volunteering with the CARE Kentucky Chapter.

How did you learn about CARE?

I learned about CARE when I began working for the Kentucky Bar Foundation

Why did you decide to serve on CARE’s Board of Directors or Advisory Board?

My organization has helped provide funding for Kentucky’s CARE program and I have also been a presenter on many occasions.

Which of CARE’s values most resonates with you? (Empowerment, Inclusion, Collaboration)

Empowerment.

How long have you been volunteering with CARE?

5 years.

What has surprised you the most in the years you’ve spent volunteering with CARE?

Range of knowledge of students. Some know a lot and some know very, very little.

What is your most memorable moment or favorite story of being a volunteer?

I just generally love when students come up to me after a presentation to ask follow up questions. It shows that although perhaps they were embarrassed to ask in front of everyone, they were paying attention and made it a point to take the time to ask later.

What’s the one takeaway you want students to learn from your presentation?

Credit is a tool, but you have to use it wisely.

What message would you give to a volunteer just starting out?

Don’t just read from a script. Ask questions, tell stories, engage the students.

Why do you think financial literacy is important?

To keep young people from making mistakes early on that create a big hole for them to climb out of – especially when they are not getting those lessons at home or otherwise through a school’s curriculum.

Each year, CARE volunteers, like Guion, reach countless youth across the country with empowering information that can impact their lives. Are you interested in being a volunteer? Sign up here.

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