Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a "Junior Achievement volunteer"?
- I am studying to become a school teacher. What benefits would I receive from teaching a Junior Achievement class?
- How do I become a member?
- What do I need to be a JA classroom volunteer?
- What topics will I teach?
- As a classroom volunteer for JA, how much time should I allow?
- What type of teaching will I be doing?
- How does a school get involved?
- How do you know your programs work?
- Will I receive any training?
- Will I have a choice in selecting the school where I teach?
- What's my first step?
- Can I teach with a buddy?
What is a "Junior Achievement volunteer"?
Junior Achievement volunteers teach students how to be successful in life. Using hands-on activities, business people connect with students, bringing resources and real-world experience to our schools. Volunteers help students understand how what they learn in the classroom leads to future success. The classroom teacher provides the support and discipline. JA provides training, lesson plans and engaging classroom materials. Volunteers need not have any prior teaching experience - just enthusiasm!
I am studying to become a school teacher. What benefits would I receive from teaching a Junior Achievement class?
As a JA student classroom volunteer, you will:
- Provide a service to schools within the districts.
- Be able to use this as a door opener to meet School Administrators for future job openings.
- Help reinforce standards through JA's curriculm. Junior Achievement curriculum correlates with Sunshine State Standards.
- Have the opportunity to see a thematic lesson put together.
- Have the opportunity to fine tune your presentation skills.
How do I become a member?
We don't have a membership, per se, but if you fill out a registration form we will add you to our email distribution list.
What do I need to be a JA classroom volunteer?
- Availability during school hours
- A desire to make a difference
- A need to have FUN!!!
What topics will I teach?
The topics will vary according to grade level but all lessons are theme-based and involve some everyday economics such as budgeting, free enterprise concepts including how to start and run a business and workforce readiness skills.
As a classroom volunteer for JA, how much time should I allow?
Junior Achievement allows you to select the program that best fits your work schedule. Our elementary programs take between 25 – 45 minutes per visit, for a total of 5 classroom visits. Middle and high school programs take about 45 minutes per visit, for a total of 5 – 12 classroom visits depending on the program being taught. Class days and times for all programs are worked out between you and your teacher.
What type of teaching will I be doing?
Junior Achievement offers hands-on, activity-based classroom programs with the teacher present to assist you. The teaching style is relaxed, motivational and fun. Each program has a full curriculum but consultants are encouraged to add personal stories and examples. The topics will vary according to grade level but all lessons are theme-based and involve some everyday economics, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness skills.
How does a school get involved?
We add schools when requests are made by the teachers and as volunteers and financial support are secured.
How do you know your programs work?
Junior Achievement is one of only two non-profit organizations which utilize outside, independent agencies to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs. Recent studies show that JA students demonstrate a significant understanding of economics and business knowledge – particularly those exposed to programs at consecutive grade levels.
Will I receive any training?
All new volunteers will attend a training session that lasts about 1 hour.
Will I have a choice in selecting the school where I teach?
Junior Achievement allows you to choose your school based on the requests we have available.
What's my first step?
The first step in getting involved is contacting the Junior Achievement’s Education Team. They will place you with a class and schedule your training.
Can I teach with a buddy?
Some volunteers feel more comfortable, especially for his/her first class, to teach with a friend. This is perfectly acceptable AND a great way to share even more knowledge and experiences with the class.