Junior Achievement of Central Michganprograms currently reach over 13,000 kindergarten through high school students each year in the Central Michigan area, focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. Demand for JA programs by local schools typically outpaces the number of volunteers available to deliver them. As a result, Junior Achievement USA created the “JA Heroes” campaign to help raise awareness of the need for caring adults in local communities to volunteer for JA. Program materials and training are provided by JA, and the time commitment is flexible, as easy as one hour a week over five weeks.
Mike Rush, President of JA Central Michigan, said, “Junior Achievement volunteers are JA’s superheroes. These dedicated men and women care about the future of our young people enough to give of their time and talents. We want to get the word out to our community about how enriching the JA experience is for students and volunteers alike, to engage with more potential volunteers to expand local students’ access to JA’s life-changing programs.”
Junior Achievement programs give young people the opportunity to learn and apply important life skills such as budgeting, conducting a successful job search, and how to be entrepreneurial. Typically, JA volunteers visit classrooms to deliver programs during the school day, but many JA Areas also have JA Capstone facilities, such as JA BizTown or JA Finance Park. At these locations, elementary or middle school students visit for an immersive day-long experience facilitated by JA volunteers, after the students have had preparatory classroom lessons delivered by their teacher.