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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.

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Time Commitment

The volunteer time commitment varies according to the grade level and/or program chosen. Programs at the elementary level are 30-45 minute visits once a week for 5 weeks, requiring just 5 visits from the volunteer. Programs at the middle school level are 45 minutes a week for 6-8 weeks. Programs at the high school level are 45 minutes a week and typically last from 6-8 weeks to a semester.

Junior Achievement also hosts JA Day at several schools in Western Massachusetts. Unlike our traditional program, where volunteers visit a school several times over the course of 5-8 weeks, JA Day schools receive the entire program in one day. The entire school could participate in the program or one or two grades might participate. Some volunteers prefer this method as they will visit the school only once.

New Volunteers

New volunteers must attend a 1 hour training session either in person or online. JA does offer online training. Most volunteers prefer this method of training because it’s available to them at their convenience. To access online training, click here.


JAWM Volunteer Coordinator Julie Pelletier demonstrates Activity One of our Kindergarten program, “Ourselves”.

To view other JA program demonstrations visit our YouTube page.

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…

A’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.