Volunteer - Junior Achievement of Central Ohio

 

Volunteering with Junior Achievement

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.

How it Works

Two Ways To Volunteer
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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
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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
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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!

Congratulations!
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Congratulations!

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!

Ways To Volunteer

Weekly JA In-Class

Weekly JA In-Class

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: Typically one hour, for five days

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

JA In A Day

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: Just one 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<sup>®</sup>

JA Job Shadow®

Where: At your company or organization
Time Investment: Typically a half business day

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.

JA BizTown<sup>®</sup>

JA BizTown®

Where: In a JA facility that is a simulated city
Time Investment: Typically 6 hours

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.

Are you a JA Alumn? We would love to see you again! We bet Junior Achievement made a difference in your life! Get Involved and learn how you can re-engage with us!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it challenging interacting with the students?

You will most likely find that students are extremely excited to have you in the classroom, and are eager to hear about your life experiences.

What is the investment time for me as a JA volunteer?

Typically, a JA program is taught for one hour a day for a total of five days. JA programs and volunteer trainings have been developed to be completely turn-key and hassle free for you.

Does JA really have an impact on communities?

Yes, and in several different ways. Impact studies have shown the positive effect JA provides youth on their future outlook, and volunteerism has numerous proven benefits for adults in their personal life and attitude to organizations who provide this opportunity to them. 

Can I choose what program and class I would like to volunteer?

Absolutely! Your JA coordinator will work with you to make sure you have the best experience possible!
  • "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

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If you would like more information on Donating, Volunteering, JA Programs, or other ways to partner with us, please give us a call at (614) 704-3707 or email us!