WHY BECOME A JA VOLUNTEER?

Do you care about youth development – preparing a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential? Serving as a classroom volunteer you are a mentor and role model, playing a key role in bringing Junior Achievement to life. By sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community as early as kindergarten, 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 demand for our programs. Classroom volunteer participation helps us bring the Junior Achievement experience to more schools and students in our community.

How does being a classroom volunteer work?

Junior Achievement makes volunteering fun and fulfilling, with flexible scheduling options. For as little as an hour a week, you can make a difference in the lives of young people in your community by becoming a classroom volunteer. Your Junior Achievement experience will leave you feeling proud of your contributions to youth development, as well as energized and hopeful about a better future for our young people. Junior Achievement programs are easy to teach, require a modest time investment, and provide immediate feedback and personal satisfaction.

Be a classroom volunteer

A Junior Achievement classroom volunteer is provided with everything they need to be successful, including:

  • Choice of elementary, middle or high school close to home or work
  • All classroom materials needed to teach the program including a step-by-step lesson plan
  • Training on how to use the JA materials as well as teaching and classroom management tips
  • Connection to a teacher to coordinate when you teach the JA program – you will go one day per week for 5-7 weeks for 45 minutes to one hour per visit

We have volunteer opportunities for individuals and for groups. Let us know your interests and we will find a fit for you!

WHAT IS JA’S IMPACT?

What is JA’s impact?

Our programs take education beyond the fundamentals of reading, writing, science, and mathematics.  They challenge students to think about and use these fundamentals in practical, ethical ways, relating them to real-life situations and providing an opportunity to apply them in challenging, hands-on, experiential learning activities. This approach motivates them to learn.

As we consider youth development, Junior Achievement students, compared to students in general:

  • Are more likely to graduate from high school (93% versus 70%)
  • Are more likely to attend college (73% versus 60%)
  • Have a more positive self-concept and higher self-esteem

More to consider

91% of teachers and volunteers agree Junior Achievement programs connect classroom learning to the real world.

77% of students completing a JA work-readiness program reported “things learned in JA will help me get a good job.” 75% of the same students reported an increased ability to solve problems, think critically, work in a team and be a good decision maker.

In a recent study, 65% of students reported agreeing or strongly agreeing with being more interested in owning their own business after participation in one of Junior Achievement’s entrepreneurship programs.

READY TO VOLUNTEER?

It is easy! Fill out our volunteer registration form today. You can also contact us online or call our office at 336-299-4339. We can’t wait to hear from you. The difference you’ll make is inspiring!