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Alice Pyle, director of community engagement, Junior Achievement of Idaho in Boise

 

Alice PyleAt an age when most of her peers were preoccupied with clothes and crushes, Alice Pyle was busy graduating from college.

At 13, Pyle earned a degree in business management from Daniel Webster College. By the time she turned 15, she had a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a graduate certificate in human resource management from Southern New Hampshire University.

“To me, it was just normal,” says Pyle.

Today, she is 22 and the director of community engagement at Junior Achievement of Idaho. Her accelerated path to success started early, when she showed the ability to comprehend eighth grade math as a kindergartener. At that point, her parents decided to homeschool her, and in the afternoons and evenings, she played sports and made friends at the Boys and Girls Club. By the time she was 10, Pyle completed high school.

“To my parents it was, ‘Okay, what are we going to do with her now?’” Pyle recalls. “My scores from high school were so high that I was getting contacted by all these colleges, wanting to accept me into their programs, but once they found out my age, it was a complete ‘no.’” Daniel Webster College, however, was one of the few that were willing to enroll Pyle in spite of her age. They offered her a full-ride scholarship and paid for her textbooks for the first year. After earning her bachelor’s degree, she didn’t have much trouble getting accepted into a master’s degree program.

After graduating from SNHU, Pyle returned to the Boys and Girls Club in a professional role. She worked as a youth development professional, art coordinator and assistant program director – positions that prepared her for her current job at Junior Achievement of Idaho. At JAI, Pyle works to build and maintain relationships between the organization and its stakeholders, such as community leaders and government officials. She also teaches some of the JAI students. As a self-described “people person,” she enjoys the personal contact and involvement her job requires.

“I’m passionate about nonprofits, especially ones that are dedicated to youth,” says Pyle. “I’m able to not only do my job and go and create the the partnerships and speak with people about Junior Achievement, but I’m able to go into classrooms and teach the Junior Achievement classes. So it’s a nice bridge into both worlds that I love.”

Although she has already accomplished a great deal, Pyle has her sights set on some major goals. She would like to eventually become a director or CEO of an Idaho-based nonprofit, and is also considering opening a new Boys and Girls Club, possibly in the Caldwell area. With all of her success, there’s no doubt she’ll eventually make that dream a reality, too.

“I believe that age is no barrier to accomplishing your goals,” she says.

Most memorable airplane ride: As a child visiting relatives for the first time in California, she was given a life-sized, stuffed Snoopy that was far too big to fit in any suitcase. “Luckily, it was a pretty quiet flight. There were only us and 10 other people, and so Snoopy was my partner and sat next to me in his own seat.”

 

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