Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.
JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the hear of JA of Brazoria County, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts for our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.
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A little about being a JA classroom volunteer.
JA's classroom volunteers are men & wemen from the community who volunteer to go into a clasroom and teach one of JA's grade appropriate programs to the students.
Volunteers are personally trained by a JA staff member and issued a classroom program kit which they will teach from.
Each program kit is packaged with a detailed teaching outline, classroom handouts and activity supplies.
Teaching a JA program typically requires 30-45 minutes per week for 5-7 weeks.
Volunteers set their own schedule with their assigned classroom teacher. This allows volunteers to choose dates and times that fit their work/personal schedules.
Volunteers can choose from one of our available classes, or choose your own child's Social Studies/Economics class.
"Well, the feeling's amazing - the feeling of seeing them all of a sudden understand it - to see the light go on. It really is very satisfying."
"I think it's critical for kids to understand that society respects them, needs them, and values them as members of society; that we want to bring them along and teach them the necessary tools to succeed."
"Kids today don't understand the fundamentals of business, don't understand the fundamentals of economics, don't understand the fundamentals of money management."
"Kids who don't understand the basics of business are at a huge disadvantage walking into a job interview, walking into a job, walking into any kind of role in society."
"If they don't feel driven to make money, feel driven to succeed in society the rest of us are going to have to carry them and are going to have to pay to help them make it through life."