Volunteer FAQ's

Q. What is the role of Junior Achievement volunteers?

Junior Achievement classroom volunteers serve as instructors in local K-12 classrooms and after-school programs presenting structured curriculum developed by Junior Achievement USA. Volunteers compliment the curriculum by sharing their personal and employment experiences with the kids.

Q. Who can volunteer for Junior Achievement?

We have a very diverse volunteer pool made up of business people, parents, retirees, college students, service learning students, government workers, and community members. The key to volunteering with Junior Achievement is the desire to inspire students and help them look ahead to their future.

Q. What is the commitment for a Junior Achievement volunteer during the school year?

Elementary School: Five 30-45 minute classroom presentations
Middle School: Six 45 minute classroom presentations
High School: Five to Eight 45 minute classroom presentations

*All classroom presentations require some preparation time before entering the classroom.

Q. How are Junior Achievement volunteers prepared to serve as instructors?

Junior Achievement offers local instructor orientation sessions and online training before classes begin.

Q. Where do Junior Achievement volunteers serve as instructors?

Junior Achievement instructors teach in area K-12 schools and after-school programs.

Q. Can Junior Achievement volunteers select a specific school or teacher?

Yes, the office tries to accommodate volunteer requests for a specific school or teacher.

Q. How many students does a Junior Achievement volunteer typically instruct?

On average, 23-30 students.

Q. After I receive my class assignment, what's next?

Call your teacher to schedule an observation session (optional). At the observation session, go ahead and schedule your visits to the class. If you do not need an observation session, you can go ahead and schedule your class visits over the phone or through e-mail. Let Junior Achievement know when you plan to start! Even if you are planning to complete your class assignment later in the school year call your teacher now to introduce yourself and discuss your visitation schedule.

Q. What information do I need to get from the teacher?

You will want to schedule your class visits, get a school calendar, ask about the school's visitor policy, helpful information about your class, teacher rules on class participation, and anything else you think would be helpful.

Q. What if my teacher/volunteer does not return my calls?

Please call Junior Achievement immediately! We usually suggest you leave three to five messages. You can also ask the school secretary for your teacher's e-mail address if the Junior Achievement staff has not provided you with one. If you do not hear from your teacher by phone or e-mail within an acceptable length of time, Junior Achievement will call the school or volunteer to determine the situation.

Q. How flexible are the class visits?

You and the teacher will work together to determine a class schedule that is beneficial for everyone. You will be able to discuss day of week, and in most cases (elementary school) time of day. You will also determine start date and end date.

Q. Will the teacher be in the classroom?

Yes, your teacher is required to stay in the classroom (State Law) with you to maintain discipline and act as a bridge between you and the students.

Q. What do I need to prepare for my class visit?

Nothing! Junior Achievement will provide you with a kit of materials for each program. You will supplement the provided materials with your own knowledge and experiences. However, if you want to take in additional materials that you feel are relevant, feel free!

Q. What do the materials consist of?

The Junior Achievement kit comes in the form of a nifty little briefcase filled with everything you need to implement the program. There is a guidebook included for both the teacher and volunteer which includes step-by-step directions of leading the activities. We also provide student workbooks, worksheets, table tents, and certificates of accomplishment. Plus all of the goodies that make up the "fun" stuff: stickers, flash cards, game pieces, bookmarks, posters, and so much more!

Q. Can I take treats into the classroom?

Yes you can, with the teacher's approval. You must always be careful of allergies.

Q. What do I do with my leftover materials?

You can offer them to the teacher and students, or drop off unused materials at the Junior Achievement office we recycle.

Q. Can I volunteer for more than one class?

Yes! You can do as many programs as you like. In fact, it is more efficient for our coordination if elementary school volunteers commit to do two (or more) classes back-to-back since the time commitment is so short per class visit. Other volunteers do multiple classes spread throughout the year.

Q. What is JA In A Day?

"JA In A Day" is a one-day presentation of Junior Achievement's programs. "JA In A Day" is a unique opportunity for Junior Achievement to reach children a whole school at a time. By recruiting and training volunteers for this specific program, "JA In A Day" can reach every child of every grade level over the course of four to six hours. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all 5 JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate. Normally, this process would take 5 weeks to complete. Classes can be conducted at any grade level, Kindergarten through 6th grade.

"JA In A Day" offers the volunteer a great opportunity to get involved with Junior Achievement for one work day without juggling schedule conflicts or long-term commitments. When companies involve groups of volunteers all going to the same school, they can bring their experience to hundreds of students in one location. This event provides a great team-building experience and a chance for volunteers to give back to their community.

Please contact Nicole Fond, Program Manager, at 330-539-5268 ext.203 or nicole.fond@ja.org