Volunteer Bio Form | Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee

















Thank you for volunteering! .

Junior Achievement is the world's largest and fastest-growing organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics, and free enterprise. Locally, JA of Middle Tennessee serves 18 counties and will reach over 32,000 K-12 students this year through in-class programs, JA BizTown, JA STEM Summit, and JA Company Program.

As a JA BizTown volunteer, you will serve an important role in helping JA provide more than 11,000 students with a first-hand experience of business and personal financial success. This training will prepare you to be an effective facilitator. Use the green arrow buttons above to begin.

JA BizTown

. About your role in JA BizTown

JA BizTown provides students with an environment in which they can apply their classroom learning to concrete examples, and transform that experience into lasting knowledge. Students are actively engaged in posing questions, investigating, expressing curiosity, solving problems, assuming responsibility, and constructing meaning. Experiential learning may look like play when compared to traditional classrooms; however, close observation and practice soon helps volunteers distinguish the difference.

Throughout the simulation, you will:

  • work at one JA BizTown business, assisting a group of 4-10 students.
  • help ensure the safety and security of the students.
  • read and follow posted business directions and assist students in staying on task.
  • allow students to do their own work and encourage them to do their best. You are their cheerleader and coach, keeping them on track and helping them make learning connections.

. Watch Segment One

This first video will give examples of ways you can effectively direct student activity during the day. It will also go over how your day in JA BizTown will start, including an essential "to-do list" of important tasks the students will complete to get their businesses up and running.

. Things to Note!

As the video notes, there are a number of JA BizTowns across the USA, each of which have some differences. Things to note about our local JA BizTown that are different from the video are:

  • Promissory Notes are not part of the BizPrep paperwork students will bring with them from school. The Attorney (who works in the Biz Center) will complete these forms as part of the simulation.
  • All volunteer checklists and resources will be available on site in a binder with a green cover labeled Volunteer Manual. You will have access to PDFs of these documents at the end of this training.
  • All student detailed job instructions are printed on yellow paper and laminated. JA staff will refer to these forms as "yellows".

. Watch Segment Two

This next video focuses on the central portion of the daily schedule. It will illustrate the timeline for student workflow, how breaks are scheduled, and what students will do when they visit the JA BizTown Bank.

. Things to Note!

Additional notes about our local JA BizTown:

The Restaurant accepts cash only. The Memorial Foundation Philanthropy Center will take cash or check. All other businesses will have signs to designate if they accept checks or debit cards - each will only accept one payment type.

You will give students a break button based on their job title, which shows the color of the break they are assigned to. If your school is here for two days, there will be different colors on the button for each day.

Volunteers are assigned specific break colors depending on the business you are assigned to. Your break assignment can be found on the schedule posted in your business. Please ask JA staff if you  have trouble locating it when you are onsite.

The first part of our local schedule is as follows:

  • Student Arrival
  • Opening Orientation (15 mins): Citizens will be seated outside their business listening to a JA staff member for morning announcements
  • Business Start Up (55 mins): This time begins with the 1st Staff Meeting led by the Volunteer. Citizens will then read their yellow job instructions and begin their tasks. A JA Staff Member will check in to train some of the students and to answer any questions.
  • Opening Town Meeting (20 mins): The Mayor will be inducted, and each CEO will give a speech informing all citizens of the products/services they provide.
  • First Employee Work/Break Rotation (90 mins): Each break, red, yellow & green, will be about 30 minutes long. Citizens will make their deposit at the Bank, open their savings account and eat lunch in the Restaurant.

. Watch Segment Three

The third video in this series focuses on the last part of the simulation schedule. It will show how the day wraps up with the final student shopping breaks, business clean up and dismissal.

. Things to Note!

Additional notes about our local JA BizTown:

The CFO in each business is a very important position. He/She should be making business deposits throughout the whole day to ensure they have enough time to get all their money in the Bank. They should not wait until the end of the day to deposit all the money the business has earned.

Our local schedule continues as follows:

  • Staff Meeting #2 (10 mins): All citizens will return to their businesses for staff meeting #2 led by the Volunteer. The 2nd set of paychecks will be distributed and citizens will fill out their 2nd deposit ticket.
  • Second Employee Work/Break Rotation (75 mins): Each break, red, yellow & green, will be 25 minutes long. Citizens will deposit their 2nd paycheck at the Bank, then go shopping.
  • Business Clean Up (10 mins): All citizens will return to their businesses. CFOs will make their last deposit at the Bank. All other business employees will follow the Clean Up Directions posted on the business's bulletin board.
  • Staff Meeting #3 (10 mins): This meeting, led by the Volunteer, is a time to debrief the day's activities. Citizens will talk about what they learned and experienced.
  • Closing Town Meeting (15 mins): Several citizens will speak about the day's accomplishments and a few awards will be presented by the Mayor.
  • Dismissal

. Watch Segment Four

This final video, filmed in our Middle Tennessee facility before renovations that took place in the summer of 2017, will clarify details about our local policies and schedule.

. Things to note!

We hope these videos have given you a general understanding of your volunteer role within the JA BizTown simulation. You will have time during the on site training to ask any questions you have regarding this information.

Check your learning by answering the following questions.

. Comprehension Quiz

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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