Volunteer with Junior Achievement
How to balance your bank account. How to develop a budget. How to know when you're ready for a big purchase. Don't you wish that someone had taught you those skills as you were growing up? Now there is someone. You! You're the missing piece!
All we need is your enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to inspire young people to succeed. Junior Achievement of Washington provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you!
Make A Difference In YOUR Community
By being a JA volunteer and sharing your personal and professional experiences and skills with students from your community, you help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.
Inspire a Future Generation
For a time investment of only an hour each day in a given week, you may be the difference between a young person in your community just making ends meet or achieving a more fulfilling career and life.
Be changed with a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
JA gives you an opportunity through your employer's volunteer program (or on your own) to impact young people in your community in a positive way with simple-to-implement programs on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
How it Works
Two ways To Volunteer
JA partners with organizations that provide support to help deliver JA programs and to develop other partnership efforts. These organizations also provide the opportunity for their staff to be volunteers in the classroom.
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Individuals in our community can reach out to us directly to set up a time to volunteer in the classroom.
Choose Your Schedule
Your JA Program Manager will coordinate schedules with you and a classroom teacher. They will also provide you with a short but effective training session and will make sure you are completely ready for your amazing mentoring experience!
During the Visit
Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of one hour each for five to 10 weeks. It all depends on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. We're flexible!
Students love the hands-on learning opportunities that JA programs provide. The JA volunteer is a critical component in the success of JA programs, and sharing their professional and personal experiences that align with JA program content helps students see how JA can help them achieve their own dreams!
Ways To Volunteer
As a JA Volunteer, you'll be paired with a teacher in a classroom. This delivery method is an effective and popular way to show students a connection between the skills they are learning in the classroom to real-life careers and experiences.
JA In a Day
JA in a Day utilizes the same JA curricula as the week-long method, but it's condensed into a single day for a high-impact experience!
JA Job Shadow®
Students in our community come to you! You'll give them insight into your job and give them a tour of your company so they can have an opportunity to see how work gets done.
JA Finance Park® or JA BizTown®
You'll be in an actual simulated city! Help guide students through their assigned scenario where they will visit and transact with many different businesses. They must purchase items to meet the needs of their family, such as insurance, clothing, transportation, housing, groceries, and childcare—without spending more than they earn.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it challenging interacting with the students?
What is the investment time for me as a JA volunteer?
Does JA really have an impact on communities?
Can I choose what program and class I would like to volunteer?
"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."