Junior Achievement compliments the hard work and dedication you put into educating your students. Our comprehensive curriculum, developed in partnership with educators, reinforces and supplements South Dakota content standards from kindergarten through high school.
JA programs are delivered by trained business and community volunteers who share their skills and personal and professional experiences to make learning come to life. JA currently has over 2,000 community volunteers across South Dakota.
View the JA Teacher Training Video
View the corresponding JA Teacher Training Packet.
What are the benefits of Junior Achievement?
- JA reinforces and correlates with common core and state curriculum standards.
- JA provides an opportunity to connect the education and business worlds.
- JA provides a volunteer that adds a fresh perspective and generates excitement!
What materials will the volunteer use in my classroom?
- Junior Achievement will provide all materials needed to volunteers. This includes step-by-step lesson plans, student workbooks, activity materials, posters, and much more.
- Visit the Program Resource Center for online and supplemental information.
How often will the volunteer visit my classroom?
- Elementary: 5 lessons – 30-45 minutes
- Middle School: 6 lessons – 45-50 minutes (Some communities offer JA in a Day)
- High School: 5 to 12 lessons – 50 minutes
What do I need to do?
- New teachers will be trained through a brief orientation (typically held during teacher in-service).
- Schedule visits with the volunteer – classes should be completed by the end of February. Please ensure the volunteer is aware of any dates school is not in session.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let the JA office know the dates you and the volunteer have scheduled for JA.
- Respond timely to volunteer communications – maximum 3 days to return phone call/email.
- Participate in lessons by supporting the volunteer with activities and connecting concepts to your curriculum.
- Arrange for any technology resources (i.e. audio/visual, computer, etc.) that may be needed.
- Stay in the classroom at all times.
- If you have a substitute and still have your JA volunteer come in, ensure the sub is aware of the requirement to stay in the classroom.
- Provide feedback to the volunteer and Junior Achievement.
- Thank the volunteer by sending the thank you banner JA provided or having the students write a thank you of their own.
JA resources to share with elementary families
- Consider emailing the link www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-southdakota/parent-program-resources to parents. It includes interactive activities they can do as a family!
JA resources to share with middle/high school students
- JA My Way provides students tips and tools for careers (resumes, job matches, etc.), finances (buying a car, saving for college, etc.), and how to start a business.
- JA Build Your Future helps teens explore potential future income from a desired career and evaluate the cost of post-secondary education to help them make informed decisions.
- In the JA Success Park app, you are an amusement park employee and learn the skills you need to compete in today's job market by exploring rides and attractions.
- Visit the JA Influencer Leadership Center to obtain educational supplements for high school students that cover workforce readiness, college costs, careers, entrepreneurship, and many other personal economics topics.
- Accounts of rising student debt, tight job markets, and other vital personal economic issues are all too common in today's news headlines. This is why we at JA believe this is the perfect time to offer the tools and education students need to better understand and fight these difficulties.
- JA Influencer was created with a generous grant from Voya Financial®.
"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."