JA Empowered through Ethics

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One Hour. One Classroom. Big Impact.

This year's Chair is Thomas J. Gallagher

President Emeritus, Better Business Bureau 

How can the leaders of today empower the next generation to act ethically?

Through the JA Empowered through Ethics program!

Junior Achievement of Central Virginia's (JACV) JA Empowered through Ethics, sponsored by PwC, brings local business executives into Greater Richmond classrooms to have frank discussions with high school students about the importance of ethics in business. Case studies, group work and personal experience all come into play in this very important and relevant program.

  • Schools from Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Petersburg will participate. Teachers may contact Andrew Kirk (akirk@JAtoday.org) at JACV to request the program for their classroom.
  • Volunteers come from every industry including finance, marketing, service, education, retail and many more.
  • At only one hour long, this program is well-suited for business leaders who want to give back but have difficulty finding time to do so.
  • A Volunteer Breakfast will kick off the event:

o   Tom Gallagher, president emeritus of the Better Business Bureau Serving Central Virginia and chair of JA Empowered through Ethics, will be the keynote speaker. 

o   Allen Riddle, director of the Advance College Academy and chairperson of the Business and Marketing Department at Highland Springs High School, will also speak on ways to engage students in the classroom and offer valuable teaching tips.

o   Sarah C. Martin, a partner with PwC and chair of the JACV board of directors, will address the breakfast attendees and discuss the importance of ethical decision-making in business.


The breakfast will be held at the Jefferson Hotel on September 27, 2017, 7:30am-9:00am.  Registration is required – this event serves as a training for volunteers and as an informational session for those interested in learning more. Those interested may contact Jennifer Boyle at 804-217-8855 x203.

Executive volunteers will go into classrooms October-November.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Click here for details and to register.


Programs will take place October and November 2017

How does it work?

  1. Teachers request the Empowered through Ethics program from JA.
  2. JA recruits volunteers. Volunteers register.
  3. JA assigns one class per volunteer (but you're welcome to sign up for more!)
  4. Volunteers and teachers communicate confirm the program.
  5. Volunteers teach in the classroom on that date for one hour

Questions? Contact Jennifer at jboyle@JAtoday.org

Volunteers and teachers truly see the benefit of the Empowered through Ethics program:

"My experience was more than I could ask for. The kids were engaging. Even when we went off topic I could see that they were listening. We had frank, honest and open discussions. As we discussed some of the different "What would you do" scenarios, I could see how their values were skewed by their day to day environment. I even shared some of my own shortcomings.  hope they felt that they were empowered to do the right thing "even when no one is looking or when it's not popular" - Robert Thornhill, 2014-15 Ethics Volunteer

"It was a fabulous day with a very enthusiastic class!! One of the best ever!!!" - Jack Berry, 2014-15 Ethics Volunteer

"This is my second year doing the program and I continue to have a excellent experience. It's a great topic for high school students to think about and understand." - Michael Price, 2014-15 Ethics Volunteer

"My students loved the presentation. (My volunteer) was particularly effective because she got my students out of their seats and able to think about issues in ethics and defend their responses." Teacher, Atlee High School

"Students really like meeting with business/industry professionals and hearing real life ethical situations that occur in the workplace. This makes it real for them an d not just something they read online or in a book." Teacher, Chesterfield Tech Center

"A very worthwhile discussion; using ethics in everyday decision making. My students seemed to take what each speaker had to say to heart. How do I know this? The fact that students continued to talk about it after the presentations." - Teacher, Patrick Henry High School