What's the difference between a want and a need? How do I balance a checkbook? Which career should I choose? All young people need role models who can provide insight into these important questions. That role model could be YOU. Our volunteers enable us to turn our mission into reality.
There are a variety of ways to volunteer for our elementary and secondary programs. Our staff will coordinate all the details to make your volunteer experience fulfilling and convenient. All curriculum, materials and training are provided by JA. Most programs occur during the school day, but some take place in after-school settings. We hope that you will consider these opportunities to mentor our students by sharing your real world knowledge and skills.
Elementary program volunteer opportunities include:
Imagine spending a day with a classroom full of students who are excited to learn about earning, spending and saving. JA Day enables business volunteers to bring the JA elementary school financial education curriculum to an entire school in one day. This one-day event is a great way to impact the community while providing employees with a team-building experience. One to two volunteers are assigned to a classroom to present a series of interactive, grade-specific lessons, while teachers enjoy the benefits of having a business professional in their classroom. Typical time commitment: begins during the morning hours when school starts, and wraps up around lunch time.
JA Traditional Kit-Based Programs for Elementary School Students
We provide our volunteers with all the materials they need to teach a series of 45-minute JA Programs lessons on a particular content area, offering age appropriate curriculum, engaging students with hands on experiences to help them understand the economics of life. Interactive, take-home materials for 24 students, along with detailed activity plans and instructions for the volunteer are provided in each self-contained program kit. Based on the volunteer's availability, JA staff will coordinate with the classroom teacher to schedule your visits to teach the JA lessons.
Fourth and fifth graders may not be old enough to drive, work, vote, or be the boss. But that doesn't stop them from operating a radio station, insurance company, distribution center, or restaurant; or from conducting bank business or voting for mayor. They do all this and more at JA BizTown, a 10,000 square foot "city," complete with its own micro-economy. In the classroom, teachers lead pre-visit lessons on budgeting, careers, and business operations. On JA BizTown visit day, one to two business volunteers are assigned to each JA BizTown shop and guide students as they put their classroom learning into practice by running and working in a JA BizTown business. Typical time commitment is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m, and there are two learning centers available: Auburn or Yakima. We welcome individual volunteers, as well as corporate or parent teams.
Secondary program volunteer opportunities include:
JA Traditional Kit-Based Programs for Middle and High School Students
We provide our volunteers with all the materials they need to teach a series of 45-minute JA Programs lessons on a particular content area, such as global business, personal finance, economics, career exploration and entrepreneurship. Interactive, take-home materials for 24 students, along with detailed activity plans and instructions for the volunteer are provided in each self-contained program kit. Based on the volunteer's availability, JA staff will coordinate with the classroom teacher to schedule your visits to teach the JA lessons.
JA Finance Park
This is a one-day volunteer experience at JA Finance Park, in Auburn or Yakima, or for the JA Finance Park mobile unit in Spokane or Burlington. You will mentor middle and high school students immersed in the experience of creating and maintaining a budget for themselves and their families based on their salary. Imagine one student struggling with the decision to buy a home, comparing health care providers for the family and determining which auto insurance is needed for a new car. Middle school and high school students receive these experiences at JA Finance Park.
JA Job Shadow™ Coordinator/Participating Organization
An organization hosts a group of students for a half day to one-day high-level JA Job Shadow experience in which students gain an understanding of different careers within a company and what employers look for in new hires.
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