WITHIN 1 WEEK OF RECEIVING YOUR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT ASSIGNMENT
- Read and sign the Volunteer Conduct Standards Form you received at training. The form can also be accessed online.
- Contact the teacher immediately via phone and/or email to introduce yourself and arrange a schedule of visits. Even if you do not plan to start your class right away, it is important to coordinate schedules with your teacher as soon as possible.
- Let Junior Achievement know when you have scheduled your classroom visits. *Notify JA immediately if you encounter any problems in contacting your teacher or scheduling your visits.
PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST JA LESSON
- If you would like to observe the class before your first lesson, please read the Observation Visit tips in the Guide for Volunteers and Teachers in your JA kit. Observation visits are not required but are strongly encouraged.
- Familiarize yourself with your JA kit and the materials within. Refer to the Guide for Volunteers and Teachers to determine which materials you will need to use in each lesson and prepare as needed.
- Prior to first classroom lesson: Print one copy of the Pre-/Post-Test for each student in the class and administer during your first visit. Please do not use the test included in your kit. Instead, you may access the most current version and detailed instructions online at https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/programs/resources. All volunteers who correctly submit their pre– and post-tests this year will qualify to win a gift card at the end of each semester.
- Review the first activity's lesson plan. Allow 45-60 minutes of preparation for each lesson.
- Confirm your visit with your teacher and prepare directions to the school.
DAY OF CLASSROOM VISIT
- Collect and inventory all materials you will need to conduct the day's activity. Make sure to administer the pre-test during the first visit.
- Arrive at the school 10-15 minutes early. This will give you time for a quick review of the lesson, to check in at the school's main office, and to obtain the necessary visitor's badge.
- Meet the teacher when and where you have agreed upon and conduct your JA lesson. Many schools require that you also check out upon leaving.
AFTER EACH CLASSROOM VISIT:
- Confirm plans for the next week's visit with your teacher, in case any changes in schedule arise.
- Review the next activity's lesson plan and prepare all the necessary materials.
PRIOR TO FINAL CLASSROOM VISIT
- Print the same copy of the Pre-/Post-Test you administered before the first lesson. Bring one copy for each student, even if students have been added to the roster since your initial visit. Administer the test after the last lesson.
- Fill out Program Certificates for each student. Ask your teacher for a class roster to ensure correct spelling of each student's name. If you prefer to type the certificates, templates can be found at JA of Middle Tennessee Central.
UPON COMPLETION OF PROGRAM
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."