|“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 and working with them. Their resilience is inspiring and I feel JA can really make a difference and positive impact on their lives as they move through school. Such a wonderful program!” – 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
|“I love kids and I love to teach business! Also, the JA staff is awesome and makes it really easy.” – Andy|
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Should I Volunteer for Junior Achievement?
Our 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. Plus it is rewarding and fun! 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 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, a concise
Guide for Volunteers 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. Chances are good that
you are smarter than even a 12th grader!
How much time do I need to commit to JA?
The time commitment can range from 5 –10 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.
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:
classroom management, understanding and presenting the JA curriculum, the
dynamics of working with the classroom teacher and how to communicate
effectively with the students. 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 Volunteer Conduct Policy form.
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.