FAQs

What is Junior Achievement?

What is expected of me as a volunteer mentor?

How much time will it take?

What schools are part of JA?

Why Become a Mentor?

What type of training is involved?

Who can volunteer?

I'm a returning mentor and have already been through training, where do I sign up for classes?

What if my schedule is always changing?

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?

Am I qualified to be a mentor in a classroom?

How do I get signed up to volunteer?

I want to be involved but I simply do not have time to mentor— what else can I do?

 

What is Junior Achievement?

JA is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing non-profit economics education program throughout the world. JA reaches students in grades K-12. All programs are delivered by individual volunteers. JA programs are fun, hands-on programs that teach students the basics of life and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make a better life for themselves. All programs align with national and local curriculum standards. Therefore, educators fully enjoy the opportunity to involve their students.

What is expected of me as a volunteer mentor?

  • Teach fun, interactive lessons about business and free enterprise
  • Commit only a few hours a week depending upon the program which program you choose.
  • Schedule classroom visits to fit into your schedule (weekly, daily for a week, twice a week, etc.).
  • Be provided with classroom materials, step-by-step lesson plans and a 1 hour training session to ensure that you are comfortable entering the classroom.
  • Select a grade level and school location, then coordinate visits directly with a classroom teacher – all for your convenience.
  • Provide relevance to what students learn; show students the link between education and future opportunity.

How much time will it take?

The elementary school program consists of five (5) - 30 to 45 minute sessions. Full day opportunities are also available.

The middle grades program consists of six (6) to eight (8) - 45 minute sessions.

The high school program consists of five (5) to ten (10) - 45 minute sessions.

What schools are part of JA?

We impact schools throughout the state, click here to see a list of all schools we serve. Click here to see which schools are currently in need of volunteers. 

Why Become a Mentor?

Mentors embody the heart of Junior Achievement. They bring a message of opportunity and economic understanding to classrooms. No matter what your profession, YOU can carry that message to children and change their lives forever.

Junior Achievement provides the keys to your success: the training, the curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you. All you need is your enthusiasm, your life experience, and a willingness to teach children about taking chances and shooting for the stars.

What type of training is involved?

The mentor training takes approximately one hour. Click here to sign up for training. 

Who can volunteer?

Mentors are typically business professionals, college students, community members, or parents who want to play an active part in participating in the education of students around them.

I'm a returning mentor and have already been through training, where do I sign up for classes?

Sign up for classes here.

What if my schedule is always changing?

If you want to mentor but have a varying schedule, it may be best to work with a partner. Pick a fellow colleague whom you enjoy spending time with. Collective teaching will make it fun for you and your partner and he/she can always take over the class if you have a meeting. Consider setting aside a day to volunteer at a JA in a Day.

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?

Junior Achievement provides programs to students in the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley, and Southen Idaho.

Am I qualified to be a mentor in a classroom?

A mentor could be a valued employee, a retiree, a parent, or a college student. A desire to be an inspirational role model is a must, along with the ability to communicate, motivate, and create enthusiasm. 

How do I get signed up to volunteer?

Start by signing up for a mentor training.

I want to be involved but I simply do not have time to mentor— what else can I do?

  • Participate in an event
  • Host a group of students (Job Shadow) to visit your office for one day.
  • Recruit Mentors
  • Recruit Companies to host Job Shadows
  • Help with data entry in our office
  • Help rebuild kits

We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can! Contact us for more information on how you can get involved.