Volunteer FAQ

What is Junior Achievement?

JA is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing non-profit economics education program in 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?

The elementary school program consists of five (5) - 30 to 45 minute sessions. 
The middle grades program consists of six (6) to eight (8) - 45 minute sessions. 
The high school program consists of five (5) to ten (10) - 45 minute sessions.
Volunteering for JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, or for a JA Day, is a one day experience.

What type of training is involved?

The volunteer training takes approximately one to two hours, depending on the program for which you are volunteering. You may attend one of our group training sessions or, in some circumstances, train online through our interactive online training program.

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. Choose a colleague with whom you enjoy spending time. Co-teaching will make it fun for you and your partner and he/she can always take over the class if you have a meeting. Or consider setting aside a day to volunteer at a JA Day or at JA World.

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?

Junior Achievement of Washington will provide programs to over 115,000 students in Western, Central and Eastern Washington and in Northern Idaho, during the 2015/16 academic year.

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 profile & policy acknowledgement form.

How do I get signed up to volunteer?

You can either contact the Junior Achievement office at 206-296-2600, or Volunteer for a Class Today to register for a class assignment.

I want to be involved but I simply do not have time to volunteer; what else can I do?

JA hold numerous fundraisers annually where you can participate, including our statewide JA Bowling Classic, the JA Golf Classic, and JA Pedal Party. Or, "design your own" opportunity with our Play4JA initiative! You may also choose to host a student or a class for a Job Shadow at your office for one day. Follow our social media channels to keep current with what is happening at JA, share JA news and opportunities with your networks, and explore where you might fit in. We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can! Call us at 206-296-2600, or email info@jawashington.org to begin the conversation!