JA New York High School Heroes
The Junior Achievement of New York High School Heroes program provides high school students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and inspiring elementary students. Click here to read about the High School Heroes Essay Contest.
High School Heroes work in teams of 2-3 and spend a school day in a local classroom. As teachers for the day, they'll teach a series of 5 or 6 fun and interactive lessons to an elementary school classroom.
When and where?
We partner with high schools throughout NYC, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Most High School Hero volunteer events are held at an elementary school close to the Heroes' high school. The program takes place during regular school hours (8:30am-2pm) with standard lunch breaks.
What do Heroes teach?
JA programs focus on one or more of our "three pillars" of student success: financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. Each JA elementary program lesson is activity-based, reinforcing important financial literacy concepts through hands-on learning.
How are student volunteers prepped?
All High School Heroes are required to attend two 45 minute training sessions provided by JA staff at your school. During the training, they receive their teaching kits, learn how to prepare the lessons, and practice effective classroom management skills.
Be a role model for younger students while strengthening and practicing leadership and teamwork skills
Heroes can earn community service hours for graduation
Heroes build public speaking and presentation skills. (link to evaluation results)
Heroes can learn what it's like to be a teacher and gain valuable work-related experience
Great resume builder and community service project to highlight on college applications
- Opportunity to apply for a scholarship essay competition
1st Place: Andy Guzman
Community Health Academy of the Heights
High School Heroes was a unique and wonderful experience that I was so grateful to have been a part of. The program has helped me see that community service is not only volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating cans at a food drive but it is also being a positive influence to those in your community. Click here to read Andy's essay.
2nd Place: Genna Knoll
Plainview - Old Bethpage JFKS
The bell rang and students ran into the classroom. I looked at my partners and surveyed the class before we began the day. I was nervous, but mainly excited to have the opportunity to be a High School Hero (HSH) again. Click here to read Genna's essay.
3rd Place: Danielle Varner
Edward R. Murrow High School
The High School Heroes Program provided me with an opportunity to be a leader/role model to third grade elementary school students in the span of a full school day. I assumed the role of a teacher to engage in lesson plans with students regarding business education. Click here to read Danielle's essay.
- Jasper Tangchitsumran, Brooklyn Technical High School
- Helena Macrigiane, Bronx High School of Science
Educators: To get your high school students involved, please click here to learn more about how we partner with schools and complete our School Application form for consideration.
|Pillars of Student Success||Entrepreneurship:||Financial-Literacy:||Work-Readiness:|
|Program Implementation||Program Grade-Level|
|Program Concepts||Program Skills|
|Communication, Critical thinking, Education and training, Soft skills||Active listening, Applying information, Collaborative discussions, Communication, Critical thinking, Decision making, Following written instructions, Formulating answers from personal experiences, Goal-setting, Interpersonal communication, Interpersonal skills, Organizing information, Planning, Prioritizing, Problem solving, Reading, Role-playing, Self-assessment, Taking responsibility, Time management, Work collaboratively, Working in groups|
High School Heroes must complete two training sessions at the school to become familiarized with their teaching kits, learn how to prepare the lessons, and practice effective classroom management skills.
Students are eligible to enter an essay contest about their experience as a High School Hero. They can also continue to build on their JA experience through other programs such as Finance Park, Job Shadow, and more.