How to Become a Junior Achievement Volunteer

Do you run a business or work in a financially related job? Do you want to help kids in your community? Perhaps volunteering for Junior Achievement (JA) could be in your future!

Junior Achievement is a non profit which seeks to pair up community members with classrooms of students in order to present them with age appropriate financial concepts. They have easy to teach/present lesson plans for every grade level from K thru 12. The lessons are fun, take a total of six hours of your time to teach, and the concepts taught will help the kids the rest of their lives. Here's how to go about volunteering.


  1. 1
    Get the contact information for your local Junior Achievement Volunteer coordinator offices from the JA website. (see below)
  2. 2
    Check your qualifications. Usually all you need is a willing heart and a bit of business background.
  3. 3
    Check your calendar for windows of time in which you can be available. The lessons are for six, one hour long, sessions. Keep in mind that they will most likely be in the school day, but can possibly be for an after school care program as well. Summertime is probably not a good time due to the students being on vacation.
  4. 4
    Complete the online contact form or call the offices to arrange a time to meet with the coordinator and complete any necessary paperwork.
  5. 5
    Complete the orientation. Sometimes this is done one on one with the volunteer coordinator. Other times it is done with a group of other volunteers at the beginning of a school year.
  6. 6
    Obtain your teaching materials from the volunteer coordinator. Review those materials carefully. Ask the volunteer coordinator to clarify anything which you do not understand.
  7. 7
    Coordinate your schedules with the volunteer coordinator and the classroom teacher.
  8. 8
    Enjoy your stint as a JA volunteer!


  • Copy the Volunteer Coordinator on any email communications you have with the classroom teacher you are assigned to.
  • Never miss an agreed upon teaching assignment. You are giving the students a fun hour, and giving the teacher an hour "breather" in the middle of their school day. If you do not attend at your promised time, you will disappoint the teacher and the entire class.


  • You will be dealing with children, so expect a criminal background check. Some offices will ask you to provide them with police clearance before volunteering in a school.

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