Volunteering with Junior Achievement FAQ
What is Junior Achievement?
At Junior Achievement, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.
Why is it important for me to be involved with Junior Achievement?
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. We need your help to meet the demand for our programs. Your participation helps us bring the JA experience to more schools and students in our community.
What do I do when I volunteer?
As a JA volunteer, you will be a ‘classroom consultant’ for a teacher who has requested JA for his/her students. JA will provide you with a step-by-step guidebook of lesson plans and all the student activity materials you need to lead the students through fun, hands-on activities in one of our many programs. Teachers are present in the classroom and help to reinforce your JA message and you are welcome to share your own expertise and experiences from the real world.
What is the time commitment?
Less than a lunch hour! Depending on the grade level, you will make 5 to 7 visits to a classroom throughout one semester. Teaching visits last 30-60 minutes depending on the grade level and program. You and your assigned teacher will work out a schedule of visits that work for you both. Scheduling is flexible. Most volunteers visit their classroom once per week.
Where will I be volunteering and with what age group?
You choose the school, grade level and program from the list of educators who have requested JA programs. Last year, over 1,000 volunteers led K-12 programs in nearly 200 schools, to over 30,000 students in 16 counties of the Middle Tennessee region.
Are there any other ways to be involved with Junior Achievement?
In addition to classroom volunteer opportunities, we offer JA Company Program, an in-depth high school level program where volunteers help students start their own businesses. We also need help with JA BizTown, JA in a Day, and Special Events throughout the year. Contact us to learn more.
How can I find out more?
Contact our Programs team with any questions: 615-627-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A JA representative can come to your worksite to present a brief information session for a group of employees, or individuals are invited to an orientation session offered weekly at the JA office near 100 Oaks.
So, how does this all work?
1. Attend training with a JA staff member and find out everything you need to know about JA and volunteering in a classroom.
2. Get matched with a classroom that is ready to receive JA. We will work with you to find a school that matches your needs – you tell us what works best for you! Here is a list of schools that currently need volunteers.
3. Contact the teacher you are assigned to and decide on a schedule that works for both of you.
4. Now comes the fun part! You visit the classroom on the days/times you determined with the teacher and lead the students in fun and engaging activities to help them learn about real world topics such as financial literacy, citizenship, and entrepreneurship. As always, JA is here for support. If you have any questions at all - contact us!
5. Upon completing your class, verify with JA and provide feedback about your experience by filling out a program evaluation.