heartsBecome a Junior Achievement Volunteer

Junior Achievement is making a positive impact on students in our communities. Through age appropriate curriculum, students are engaged with hands-on experiences to help them understand the economics of life.

Personalized Classroom Placement
JA offers volunteers the opportunity to choose the grade level and school location. All the volunteer needs to do is provide JA with a desired location or grade level and JA will provide the volunteers with available volunteer possibilities.

Comprehensive Training
JA staff provides a one hour training session so volunteers are comfortable visiting the classroom and ready to enjoy their experience to the fullest. Volunteers will be trained in classroom management, delivering the JA lessons and communicating effectively with students and teachers.

Minimal Time Commitment
The time commitment is minimal compared to the significant impact volunteers can make.

Why Volunteer

A want versus a need. How to balance a checkbook. Don’t you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU! Volunteers embody the heart of Junior Achievement. They bring a message of opportunity and economic understanding to classrooms. No matter what your profession, YOU can carry that message to children and change their lives forever.

These are our top reasons we think volunteering with JA is the best!

  • JA shares with students that their environment does not dictate their future.
  • JA believes life’s money lessons should not be learned after it is too late.
  • JA knows that our volunteers can inspire the students to achieve great things.
  • JA shares life lessons that are not taught in the school.
  • JA volunteers show the students that their community cares about their futures.
  • If you ever had a mentor, now is the time to give back and JA is the perfect way to do it!

Junior Achievement provides the keys to your success: the training, the curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you. All you need is your enthusiasm, your life experience, and a willingness to teach children about taking chances and shooting for the stars.

The Commitment
Your commitment could vary from a single school day to one-hour visits each week for 5-10 weeks, depending on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors: the age level of children that you enjoy interacting with, the proximity of the school to your office or home, the curriculum theme that most closely resembles your work experiences, or other variables. We’re flexible! To decide which classroom fits you best, click on this link for a description of JA programs.

Volunteer Time Commitment Chart

Junior Achievement is passionate people inspiring kids to learn the economics of life through free enterprise education. JA enables caring adults to share their experience with students to show them what it takes to be successful.

Junior Achievement volunteers bring a real world perspective to the youth in our community. As a Classroom Volunteer, you will lead discussions and activities to encourage the understanding of teamwork and leadership in your class.

Program Level Frequency Preparation Classroom Visits
Elementary School Weekly (Note most elementary programs are in the JA in Day Format) 30-45 minutes prior to each visit One observation and five 30-45 minute lessons
Middle School Weekly 1 hour prior to each visit One observation and six 45-55 minute lessons
High School Weekly 1 hour prior to each visit One observation and six to eight 50-60 minute lessons
JA in a Day A one-time commitment of one-school day during the work week (ex: 8:30-2:30)   One observation and six to eight 50-60 minute lessons

What other responsibilities does a JA volunteer have?
Volunteers must agree to sign, and abide by, Junior Achievement’s Volunteer Conduct Policy. They must also participate in a 1-hour training orientation prior to beginning the program and be available to work with students during the normal school day. Classroom Volunteers follow lesson plans developed by JA, but their greatest contribution is the sharing of their life experiences with the students.

FAQs about Volunteering for Junior Achievement

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?

What type of training is involved?
The volunteer training takes approximately two hours. You may attend one of our group training sessions.

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. Consider volunteering for a JA in a Day. Click here to learn more about JA in a Day.

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?
Junior Achievement provides programs to over 15,000 students within the Clark County School District. Participating schools are located throughout Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Pahrump, Indian Springs and Mesquite.

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?
You can either contact the Junior Achievement office at 702-214-0500 or by visiting the Volunteer Now page.

I want to be involved but I simply do not have time to volunteer — what else can I do?
There are many fundraisers including the Bowl-A-Thon, Poker Tournament, and Inspire & Admire Breakfast where you can participate. You may also choose to host a student (Job Shadow) or a class to visit your office for one day. We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can!

How Do I Volunteer?
If you have questions regarding volunteering for a JA class, please email Lisa Tomlin-Kurr, or call 702-888-0512. You can also fill out the form below and we will contact you.