Welcome to Junior Achievement of South Central PA's
Who is Junior Achievement?
Junior Achievement is a worldwide nonprofit organization that presents important life skills through hands-on educational lessons
focusing on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness.
Caring adults (like you) are asked to volunteer for five to seven 40 minute lessons in the grade level and school of your choice. You
will share the Junior Achievement program with students in the classroom during the school day. Our goal is to inspire young people
to value our free entreprise system and to improve their quality of life through their understanding of financial literacy.
As a classroom volunteer, you will discover the benefits of having a direct impact on local education and the fun of sharing your life experiences with a classroom full of students.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly will I be presenting?
You'll be presenting an easy to follow financial literacy and career readiness program that was created by professional curriculum development staff at JA USA.
What is the time commitment for a JA volunteer?
You will be presenting five 30-55 minute sessions (depending on the program). Volunteers also spend about 30 minutes familiarizing themselves with each session's curriculum before presenting it to the classroom.
What time of day would I be volunteering?
JA programs occur during normal school hours. You will schedule your visits directly with the classroom teacher in a manner that is convenient for both of you.
What if I have never worked with students before?
Don't worry! All JA volunteers are provided with training by JA staff, and the classroom teacher will always be present to deal with any issues that may arise.
Do I need to create the session plans and activities?
No. All of the session plans and activities are provided in an easy-to-follow guidebook. The provided program kit includes all of the materials necessary to implement the programs.
Do I receive any sort of training before entering the classroom?
Absolutely! All new JA volunteers are invited to attend an in-person or on-line orientation presented by Junior Achievement staff before entering the classroom.
Will I be alone in the classroom?
No. The teacher must always remain in the classroom to assist with any issues that may arise.
Can I volunteer for JA in my child's classroom?
Absolutely! Many of our programs are presented by parents who would like to become more involved in their child's classroom. All volunteers
are assigned on a first come first served basis.
For additional information or to sign-up as JA volunteer, please click on the link below and complete the online volunteer form. Upon receipt of the completed form, a JA Program Manager will contact you.