Atlas and Junior Achievement: Helping Career Dreams Take Flight   

Last week, nearly 30 Atlas Air employees from the White Plains office, spanning Finance, Ground Ops, HR, IT and Legal, boarded a bus and went back to school.

The group spent the day at the PEARLS Hawthorne School in Yonkers, New York taking part in Junior Achievement (JA) in a Day. Through this program, volunteers teach a business-focused curriculum designed to strengthen the connection between classroom learning and future career success.

This year the Atlas team taught 16 classes, including three special needs classes, reaching over 350 elementary school students. Atlas has partnered with the New York chapter of the organization for over 15 years and recently expanded its support to include local programs in Cincinnati, Miami and Hong Kong.

“I loved being a part of this and helping to mold and teach the kids,” said Jafari Wade, Ground Operations Passenger Coordinator. “They were a joy to be around. I look forward to participating in more of these types of events in the future.”

This meaningful day was led by George Kopcsay, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Debbie Diachenko, Executive Assistant, Treasury, whose shared passion for this program shines through to all volunteers and students.

“Every year that I participate in Junior Achievement, I am reminded of the incredible influence we can all have by stepping into a classroom for just one day,” said George.

He continued, “This program has such a lasting impact on our local community, schools, students and every Atlas employee that takes the time to participate. I am filled with immense pride to work alongside colleagues who prioritize this kind of work. Their commitment to making a difference is inspiring.”

Programs like Junior Achievement bring together the Atlas Air community in the spirit of service and help fulfill our mission to care for the world we carry. We are proud of our amazing employees who take time out to participate in volunteer initiatives like this.