FAQ

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. All programs are correlated to the Sunshine State Standards and the grade level curriculum. Therefore, educators fully enjoy the opportunity to involve their students.

How much time will it take?

We have two way to volunteer in the classroom:

  1. The traditional method consists of 5, 6, or 7 weekly visits to the classroom. Each visit will be 30-45 minutes long depending on the grade level you choose. You and the teacher will work together to determine a class schedule that is beneficial for everyone. You will be able to discuss day of week, and in most cases time of day. You will also determine start date and end date.
  2. “JA In A Day” is a one-day presentation of our programs. JA In A Day offers the volunteer a great opportunity to get involved for one work day without juggling schedule conflicts or long-term commitments. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all lessons and will have earned a certificate.

Do I need teaching skills or experience?

Nope! Junior Achievement will teach you everything you need to know to present our interactive hands-on activities. Junior Achievement provides easy to use materials and support to help you have a successful experience. Added benefits of volunteering include sharpening presentation skills and building strong leadership skills.

Who can volunteer?

Junior Achievement volunteers come from diverse backgrounds — business people, parents, military personnel, retirees, networking groups and college students. We are always seeking support from new companies and community organizations to collaborate with so we can reach more students!

What if I can’t make it to one of my classes?

We know that you are busy and that work is a priority. We ask that you try your best to make it to each
and every class. However business meetings and travel are often unavoidable. We warn the teachers
about this ahead of time. If you cannot make a visit simply let your teacher know in advance and
reschedule.

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 setting aside a day to
volunteer at a JA in a Day.

Am I qualified to volunteer in a classroom?

Volunteers come from all walks of life. A volunteer could be a valued employee, a retiree, a parent, or a college student. A desire to be an positive and inspirational role model is a
must, along with the ability to communicate, motivate, and create enthusiasm.

How do I get signed up to volunteer?

You can either email the Junior Achievement office at info@jaspacecoast.org or click here to sign up.