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Give back by helping students

August 23, 2022  |  Rachel Kats

Give back by helping students At the MNCPA we’re lucky to have members that are not only knowledgeable and experienced accounting experts, but also philanthropic and generous with their time. 
 
With the 2022–23 school year just around the corner, you may want to check out these three great opportunities to connect with younger folks to discuss what it’s like to be a CPA, how to pursue an accounting career and how to develop financial literacy. You can make a difference!

Talk to the Students

 When did you first learn about the accounting profession? Was it from a teacher, an acquaintance, a family member? Consider being the person that inspires others to become CPAs through the MNCPA’s Talk to the Students program.
 
This opportunity connects members with high school teachers across Minnesota looking for CPA speakers. Our goal is to make students aware of the many career paths available to accountants, hopefully sparking their interest in the profession.
 
We aim to make volunteering easy. When you volunteer, we’ll add you to our list and notify you when there is speaker request near your home or office. If you’re able to speak, the MNCPA will provide you with a PowerPoint presentation, handouts and talking points to help facilitate your discussion with students. 

Student Mentor Directory

 If you’re interested in working with students but prefer to be one-on-one rather than in a classroom setting, consider becoming a student mentor. You’ll be able to connect with college accounting students who are seeking career guidance, knowledge and advice from current professionals.
 
When you sign up, your name, position and years of experience will be listed within the online Student Mentor Directory. Students can search this directory and reach out to you directly to discuss career path exploration, the CPA exam and interview prep. 

BestPrep

 Finally, in addition to speaking about accounting careers, you might be interested in teaching students about good financial habits.
 
Consider volunteering for BestPrep, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization whose volunteers present to students in grades 4–12 on managing money, budgeting, building good credit and filing taxes.
 
Since 1976, the organization has reached more than 1.7 million youth across the state and, just last year, served 55,000 Minnesota students with the help of more than 5,000 volunteers from the business community.
 
There are in-person and virtual speaking opportunities and volunteers receive PowerPoint slides for each presentation. We’ll connect you with BestPrep, which handles coordination between volunteers and teachers.
 

 If any of these opportunities interest you, consider volunteering your time to help students across Minnesota. If you have questions about volunteering or to sign up, contact us at membership@mncpa.org.

Topics: MNCPA Programs & Activities

Rachel Kats

Rachel Kats is the MNCPA communications coordinator, working to develop and produce publications, activities and programs that promote the CPA profession. Rachel keeps busy outside of the MNCPA by spending time with her husband and pets. She enjoys traveling, drawing, long walks, watching Jeopardy, gardening and cooking. You may reach her at 952-885-5533 or rkats@mncpa.org.

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