Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Junior Achievement?
- What age groups does JA target?
- What are the Elementary School Programs about?
- What will my students get out of this?
- How can Junior Achievement assist me in teaching my curriculum?
- Who presents Junior Achievement?
- What is the teacher's role?
- May I pick my own volunteer for the JA program?
- What materials will the volunteer use in the classroom?
- How long does the program last?
- What can I expect from a JA volunteer?
- What can I expect from the JA staff?
- Who do I contact if I have any questions or problems?
What is Junior Achievement?
We provide programs that educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives.
What age groups does JA target?
We have eight elementary school programs, five middle school programs, and eleven high school programs.
What are the Elementary School Programs about?
JA’s Elementary School Programs are designed to show students how the market system works, its relationship to democratic values, and their responsibilities in this system.
What will my students get out of this?
Students learn how and why people assume roles as citizens, workers, and employees, plus, they get the benefits of a positive role model presenting material that is attractive as well as informative.
How can Junior Achievement assist me in teaching my curriculum?
The concepts and skills are particularly relevant to their social studies classes and can be integrated with the general school curriculum. They also correlate with the Sunshine State Standards for Grade Level Expectations. (Free copies of correlation are available).
Who presents Junior Achievement?
We recruit and train volunteers from the community, often business people, to present JA to your class. Certain grant programs may request that schools/teachers provide their own volunteers.
What is the teacher’s role?
Meet with your volunteer to coordinate the time and review the program. Provide an enthusiastic and supportive environment for the volunteer. Maintain discipline and assist with activities. Provide occasional feedback to the volunteer and Junior Achievement encourage students to write a thank you letter at the end of the program.
May I pick my own volunteer for the JA program?
Absolutely! Many teachers have great success using friends or relatives as volunteers in their classroom. We will be happy to set these folks up with training and materials.
What materials will the volunteer use in the classroom?
We provide a program “kit” for each class that includes a step-by-step guidebook for both you and the volunteer. The kit is complete with all materials required for program implementation. Many kits have workbooks for students to keep, bright posters, and other items that promote hands-on learning.
How long does the program last?
After an observation visit, JA volunteers conduct a minimum of 5 lessons, usually once a week, for 45 minutes.
What can I expect from a JA volunteer?
Your volunteer has been trained by JA staff and all the materials necessary to run the program have been provided to him or her. You should expect the volunteer to show up as scheduled, prepared and enthusiastic.
What can I expect from the JA staff?
Our staff is here to support you and to provide assistance in the program. Please, if you have any concerns, contact us as soon as possible. We want this to be a meaningful experience for your students, the volunteer, and YOU!
Who do I contact if I have any questions or problems?
If at any time you need assistance for any reason, please contact a Junior Achievement staff member at 561.242.9468, fax to 561.242.9469, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.