JA BizTown Inspires Student to Become a Doctor


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Ashlyn's excitement was building more and more each day as the JA BizTown visit came closer and closer--she was thrilled that she would be "Doctor No.1 at Kaiser." On the day of the field trip, she made sure she packed her play medical kit and was ready for her busy day at the office. The expression on her face from just walking through the doors into her "hospital" was ecstatic. Jacqui Pernicano, vice president of operations and marketing from Junior Achievement of San Diego County, shared Ashlyn's story.

Ashlyn had a great time giving all her patients their check-ups, making her diagnoses, and couldn't stop talking about her experience during the drive home. When Ashlyn got home she couldn't wait to tell her older sister all about JA BizTown.

"Your program made such an impact on Ashlyn with building her self-esteem and drive to become a real doctor someday," Ashlyn's mom Wendy said. "When Ashlyn sees anything that has Kaisers name or logo, she tells everyone in the vicinity that she worked there as "Doctor No.1" and about her duties as a doctor and that she filled in for the CEO when one was out.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for allowing me to volunteer with my daughter's class," Wendy said. "The programs like yours give children like Ashlyn the little boost of encouragement to go after things they may think are beyond their reach. I look forward to volunteering again."

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