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Volunteer

WHAT TO EXPECT

Are you interested in impacting today’s youth? JA volunteers are passionate people inspiring kids to learn the economics of life through free enterprise education. JA enables caring adults to share their experience with students to show them what it takes to be successful in school and in life.

Time Commitment

The volunteer time commitment varies according to the grade level and/or program or event chosen. Each volunteer will receive one hour of training by a JA Staff member in order to prepare and feel comfortable with the materials.

Traditionally, programs at the elementary level are 45 minute visits once a week for 5 weeks, requiring just 5 visits from the volunteer. Programs at the middle school level are 45 minute visits once a week for 6-8 weeks. Programs at the high school level are 45-60 minute visits once a week and typically last 6-8 weeks to a semester.

Becoming more popular, Junior Achievement hosts JA in a Day at several schools. Unlike our traditional program, where volunteers visit a school several times over the course of 5-8 weeks, JA in a Day schools receive the entire program in one day (typically 5 hours for elementary/some middle school programs with a break for lunch and 3 hours for some middle/high school programs). The entire school could participate in the program or one or two grades might participate.

To learn more, please visit our programs and locations page. Volunteers also participate in JA’s Special Events, including the Stock Market Competition, enTEENpreneur Challenge, Teen Reality Fair, and the Annual JA Golf Tournament.

Curriculum Materials

Junior Achievement will provide you with professionally developed curriculum materials. You add your personal experiences to make it come alive. The classroom teacher remains in the room to assist and support your activities. Most companies support release time for this community service activity because you are providing your company with active visibility, and Junior Achievement programs contribute toward a better prepared future workforce.

Preparation

If you’ve already committed to a JA Day, here’s how to prepare for your event…

JA’s unique approach integrates program materials, training and support. JA is the successful bridge between education and business.

Teachers and students are very appreciative of JA volunteer consultants, and it’s FUN!

VOLUNTEER

For additional questions on volunteering for JA, please email Abby Ames, Program Manager at (413) 747-7670 ext 105 / aames@jawm.org.