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. 

Our 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.


Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas
is pleased to share our 2016 - 2017
Annual Impact Report.


"The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher." ~ Elbert Hubbard


Twenty sets of eyes watched me walk up the center of the classroom, clutching my Junior Achievement materials and wondering what I'd gotten myself into. My first few moments as a JA volunteer were, I'll admit, a little scary. Why? Because I'd never done it before.

My company had committed two employees to teach a JA course to a local fifth grade class. I remember signing up enthusiastically, marking the dates on my calendar, being impressed with the materials and lessons plans JA provided, and then sitting in my car in the school parking lot for a full five minutes when it hit me that I was about to stand in front of a classroom of kids and try to hold their attention for 60 minutes. Yikes.

But that was before I met Marquis, the most inquisitive kid in the room who, I like to think, looked forward to our visits each week. It was before I realized the JA lessons plans literally walk volunteers through every step of the process, and before I knew how welcoming the kids would be when we arrived.

Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy with an end result of empowering young people to own their economic success. The things volunteers cover with the kids are practical, important skills they need to know to succeed economically. It's good stuff, and it doesn't take a huge time commitment to be a JA volunteer. It's also an experience many volunteers enjoy so much they do it again (after my first experience I volunteered again for several years at my son's school).

Interested in learning more? Check out our volunteer information page. Don't hesitate to ask questions of the contacts provided there. Training is provided for all new volunteers. Most of our current volunteer opportunities are a one time, half-day commitment.

This post originally appeared in the Smarty SHARE column on the Charlotte Smarty Pants blog.