Becoming a JA Volunteer
A want versus a need. How to balance a checkbook. Don’t you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up?
Now there is someone. YOU. All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Junior Achievement provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you.
Volunteers play a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community, you help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
Junior Achievement makes volunteering fulfilling, with flexible scheduling options. Our curriculum provides everything you need to make participation in JA interactive and engaging for students.
For as little as an hour a week, you can make a difference in the lives of young people in your community. Your Junior Achievement experience will leave you feeling proud, energized and hopeful about a better future for our young people.
As a JA volunteer, you are a part of a national network of more than 170,000 business and community representatives who are helping young people develop the competence, confidence and character needed for success in school, work and life.
Preparation for the Real World:
Teachers (95%) and volunteers (92%) report that students who participate in JA have a better understanding of how the real world operates.
Interested in volunteering?
Call Amanda Laichak, Director of Education at (412) 208-4747, ext. 133 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click HERE to sign up online.
Click HERE to watch the volunteer orientation video.
Click HERE to take the online volunteer training.
In our elementary programs, volunteers can expect to teach kids about their economic roles as individuals and family members, and how their roles affect the local, regional, national and global economy, all while having alot of fun! In one program, kids learn the difference between needs and wants–its always interesting to find out what 1st graders consider “needs”.
Elementary programs are either one 45 minute session each week for five weeks, or a “JA One-Day” where all of the sessions are covered in one day.
The middle school programs expose students to career options, money management, trade systems and the American economic system. In grade 8, volunteers teach about the joys of writing bills and balancing checkbooks–a part of life that is not enjoyable, but certainly essential.
Middle school programs consist of 45 minute sessions each week for 6-8 weeks
High School programs enhance the student’s interpersonal skills, teach them to become leaders and give them hands-on work experience. The programs are hands-on and high tech.
High School programs consist of 45 minute sessions each week for 6-8 weeks. Some online programs can be taught via computer!