Volunteer - Volunteer FAQ's
What is Junior Achievement?JA is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing non-profit economics education program throughout the world. JA reaches students in grades K-12. All programs are delivered by individual volunteers. JA programs are fun, hands-on programs that teach students the basics of life and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make a better life for themselves. All programs align with national and local curriculum standards. Therefore, educators fully enjoy the opportunity to involve their students.
How much time will it take?The elementary school program consists of five (5) - 30 to 45 minute sessions. Full day opportunities are also available.
The middle grades program consists of six (6) to eight (8) - 45 minute sessions.
The high school program consists of five (5) to ten (10) - 45 minute sessions.
JA Finance Park - typical day is 8:30am-1:30pm.
What type of training is involved?The volunteer training takes approximately one hour. You may attend one of our group training sessions or train online through our interactive online training program.
Who can volunteer?Volunteers are typically business professionals, college students, community members, or parents who want to play an active part in participating in the education of students around them.
What if my schedule is always changing?If you want to volunteer but have a varying schedule, it may be best to work with a partner. Pick a fellow colleague whom you enjoy spending time with. Collective teaching will make it fun for you and your partner and he/she can always take over the class if you have a meeting. Or consider setting aside a day to volunteer at a JA in a Day Blitz, or at Quicken Loans JA Finance Park.
What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?Junior Achievement provides programs to students in Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee,, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.
Am I qualified to volunteer in a classroom?A volunteer could be a valued employee, a retiree, a parent, or a college student. A desire to be an inspirational role model is a must, along with the ability to communicate, motivate, and create enthusiasm. Volunteers also have to sign a volunteer conduct standards form.
How do I get signed up to volunteer?Register to volunteer by signing up online or contact the Junior Achievement office at 313.962.2550.
I want to be involved but I simply do not have time to volunteer — what else can I do?
- Participate in Bowling Classic or Chipping in For Kids Golf Event.
- Host a group of students (Job Shadow) to visit your office for one day.
- Recruit Volunteers
- Recruit Companies to host Job Shadows
- Help with data entry in our office
- Stuff folders for Finance Park
We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can!