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Volunteering with Junior Achievement

Volunteering with Junior Achievement

A want versus a need. How credit cards work. 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 Greater Kansas City provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you! Click here to request more information:

How it Works

Two Ways To Volunteer
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Two PATHS To Volunteer

JA partners with organizations that provide monetary support to help deliver JA programs and to develop other partnership efforts. These organizations also provide their employee base to be volunteers in the classroom to deliver JA programming.

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Individuals in our community can reach out directly to us to set-up a time to volunteer in the classroom.

Choose Your Schedule
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Choose Your Schedule

Whichever way you get to JA, your JA Program Manager will coordinate schedules with you and a classroom teacher. They will also provide you with a short but effective training session and will make sure you are completely ready for your amazing experience!

During the Visit
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During the Visit

Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of one hour each for five to 10 weeks. 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 the 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

Traditional In-Classroom

Traditional In-Classroom

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

As a JA Traditional Volunteer, you'll be paired with a teacher in a classroom to deliver a JA program in a series of one-hour sessions. This 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 2 Days

JA in a Day / JA in 2 Days

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: One day or two half-days

This experience uses the same JA programs as the traditional method, but it's condensed into a single day or two half-days for a high-impact experience!  Perfect for the volunteer who can take just a day or two away from work. Also great for volunteer groups looking for a meaningful day of service.

JA Speaker's Bureau

JA Speaker's Bureau

Where: In a school classroom in our community
Time Investment: Typically a couple of hours on a single day

Spend a class period or two with middle or high school students, sharing your career journey. As a volunteer, you can focus on your career path and industry, your experience as an entrepreneur or small business owner, or your expertise in a variety of topics that pertain to personal finance.

Additional Ways to Volunteer

JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow

Where: At your business
Time Investment: Typically a half business day

Students in our community come to you. Introduce them to your career field and industry through experiential learning. You'll give them a tour, facilitate a Q&A session, and give them insight into what their future can hold!

JA Career Fair

JA Career Fair

Where: At a school or a community space
Time Investment: Typically a half business day

You can be an industry representative and help inspire the next generation in the workforce. You will be able to answer student questions and help inform them of the skills they will need to succeed.

Kit Rebuilding

Kit Rebuilding

Where: JA Greater Kansas City Offices
Time Investment: Typically half a business day

Join us at our offices to help organize and rebuild classroom materials returned to us by volunteers. Great for volunteer groups looking for an impactful day of service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be nervous about 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?

New volunteers go through a 45-minute orientation. After that, preparation and time with the students ranges from about 2-10 hours per program. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll find an opportunity that works with your schedule!

After I finish a program, can I volunteer again?

Absolutely! Some volunteers work with one classroom each school year, while others work with several. Please let us know how often you'd like to volunteer, and we will get you set up.

Are there evening or weekend volunteer opportunities?

While most of our opportunities take place during the school day, we do sometimes have evening or weekend programs. Contact us, and we can let you know what's available!

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!

Watch the Video

  • "Junior Achievement exposed me to different careers and opportunities and it was very inspirational."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Students in my classroom often say that one of their most memorable activities from the year is JA. They love it!"

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "Junior Achievement has shaped my dreams. They have prepared me for what's out there."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Every time I came back into the classroom the kids were always so excited about the activities and mentioned their favorite ones."

    -Junior Achievement Volunteer

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