Volunteering with Junior Achievement
A want versus a need. How to balance a checkbook. Don't you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU. All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Junior Achievement of Central Ohio provides everything you need.
Inspire the Future Generation
For a time investment of only five to six 45 minute classroom visits or one 5 hours day, you may be the difference between a young person in your community just making ends meet or getting a more fulfilling career and life.
Make A Difference In YOUR Community
By being a JA volunteer and sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community, you help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
Inspire a Future Generation
For a time investment of only an hour each day in one week, you may be the difference between a young person in your community just making ends meet or getting a more fulfilling career and life.
JA provides an Amazing and Rewarding Volunteer Experience
JA gives you an opportunity through your employer's volunteer program (or on your own) to impact young people in your community in a positive way with simple to implement programs on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. This will empower young people to own their economic success.
Ways To Volunteer
Weekly JA In-Class
As a JA Volunteer, you'll be paired with a teacher in a classroom. This delivery method is an effective and popular way to show students a connection between the skills they are learning in the classroom and how they can get a more fulfilling career and life.
JA In A Day
This experience uses the same JA programs as the traditional method, but it's condensed into a single day for a high-impact experience! Perfect for the volunteer who can only take a day away from work.
JA Job Shadow®
Students in our community come to you! You'll give them insight into your job and give them a tour of your company so they can have an opportunity to see how work gets done. It's a really great way to show them how products are made or services are promoted.
You'll be in an actual simulated city representing Columbus! You'll help guide students through their assigned job responsibilities as they work to pay off their business loan. They must pay expenses, create a marketing slogan, set prices on their retail items and manage their personal paychecks.
How it Works
Two PATHS To Volunteer
JA partners with local organizations to help deliver JA programs and to develop other partnership efforts. Employees volunteer in the classroom to develop JA programming, for a day at JA BizTown.
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Individuals in our community can reach out directly to us to set-up a time to volunteer in the classroom or at JA BizTown.
Choose Your Schedule
Whichever way you get to JA, your JA Program Manager will coordinate with you or your organization to schedule your volunteer opportunity. You will be provided with a short but effective training session and we will make sure you are completely ready for your amazing experience. and a classroom teacher.
During the Visit
Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of 45 minutes each for five to 6weeks. It all depends on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. We're flexible!
Students love the hands-on learning opportunities that JA programs provide. The JA volunteer is a critical component in the success of JA programs, and sharing their professional or personal experiences that align with JA program content helps students see how JA can help them achieve their dreams!
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Frequently Asked Questions
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"I can't think of a better gift for kids than to prepare them for success in the real world." - Aaron Bahe, Columbus City School Teacher
"I loved being the mayor of JA BizTown. I now have a good understanding of how busy business can be." - Gabbie Schneider, JA BizTown Student
"I loved my job as the CFO! It was so much fun. If I did this everyday it would be great!" - JA BizTown Student
"Kids are capable of more than we know. JA is a great way to demonstrate the real life skills they will all need." JA of Central Ohio Volunteer