|“I love trying to help the community and hope that I can make a difference in at least one child's life.” – Sara|
|“To volunteer in a way that helps children realize their full potential is an amazing thing. I am proud to participate in any program that puts children first.” – Elizabeth|
|“I have a deep commitment to improving
Cleveland and love children…Their resilience is inspiring and I feel JA
can really make a difference and positive impact on their lives as they
move through school.” – Tracy
| “I believe the youth are the future generation and any investment of time and effort to educate and build in them the character to succeed in life is worthwhile.” – Emmanuel
|“The time I spend with kids in the Cleveland School District as a JA volunteer provide a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment I have not found in any other endeavor.” -Jack|
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Should I Volunteer for Junior Achievement?
core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global
economy. We all benefit from children who grow up to be capable,
educated citizens, active community members, responsible employees and
future leaders. It will be the one meeting you attend each week where you
are guaranteed that the attendees are happy to see you!
How does Junior Achievement accomplish its purpose?
Volunteers are the core of Junior Achievement's success! Our volunteers are
role models who deliver JA's hands-on activities to students directly in the
classroom. They individualize JA's easy-to-follow lesson plans with their unique
work and life experiences.
Who volunteers to teach Junior Achievement programs?
Junior Achievement volunteers come from diverse backgrounds. Our volunteers
span all age groups and include business people, parents, military personnel,
retirees, networking groups and high school and college students. We are always
seeking support from new companies and organizations to collaborate with so we
can reach more students! Click here for a list
of the generous companies & organizations whose employees visit our classrooms.
Do I need expert teaching skills?
No. JA will teach you everything you need to know to present our
interactive hands-on activities. JA provides orientation, easy to use materials
and support to help every volunteer have a successful experience. One of the
benefits of volunteering is having the opportunity to gain teaching experience
and sharpen presentation skills.
How much time do I need to commit to JA?
The time commitment can range from 5–12 classroom visits, each lasting 30-45
minutes, but the best part about being a JA volunteer is the flexibility. Our
teachers understand that you might travel or attend meetings. They will work
with you to schedule the day and time of your visits. We also have one day
classroom volunteer opportunities called
JA Blitz Days.
What tools are provided for me?
Junior Achievement provides volunteers with prepared activities, classroom
materials and orientation, all to ensure that volunteers feel comfortable prior
to stepping into the classroom. The orientation (approximately 1 hour) includes:
of our organization, how we teach and what we teach. Discussion topics also
student characteristics, working with
diverse learners and
specific program tips and tricks. The orientations are held at the Junior
Achievement office, or JA can also provide a group orientation at your
Will I be alone in the classroom?
No. The teacher stays in the classroom. JA is a teaching partnership. The volunteer presents each activity and the teacher provides classroom management, offers insights into the class and helps out if the volunteer needs assistance.
Where can I volunteer?
Every year teachers in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake and Lorain counties request JA
programs. The Available Class List is where you can choose a class that is close
to home or work for you. Junior Achievement staff will match you with a grade
level of your choice. Because JA teaches K-12th grade, we can match you with a
grade with which you will feel most comfortable.
Click here to see the classes
that are currently in need of volunteers
What qualifications do I need?
Junior Achievement makes it easy for you to be a hit with the kids. All you need is enthusiasm, commitment to the class you teach and the desire to make a difference. When you attend your orientation, we will ask you to complete our required volunteer forms.
What happens once I sign up?
After you select a school and program that is convenient, you will attend a
JA orientation session where you will receive your program materials, teacher
name and school location.
You then contact your teacher and set up your visits. The JA staff will
contact you throughout the experience to support you!
How do I sign up?
Contact our office at (216) 861-8080. Or click here to fill out an involvement form and JA will contact you!
How can JA afford to provide its programs at no cost to the schools?
Junior Achievement is a not-for-profit organization that is supported by the
generosity of the area community. We receive contributions from
corporations, foundations, individuals and fundraising events.
Here is a list of
some of our generous supporters.