Frequently Asked Questions

What do JA programs teach students?

JA programs teach students in kindergarten through high school important real-world concepts in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

What is expected of the JA volunteer?

Your commitment could vary from a single school day to a weekly visit of one hour each for five to 13 weeks depending on the grade level. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. You can coordinate your classroom visits directly with the school's teacher to make sure the schedule works for you both. 

What type of volunteer opportunities does JA have?

We have a variety of individual and group volunteer opportunities to choose from, allowing volunteers to find an opportunity that fits their areas of interest and schedule. JA volunteers can lend a hand in any of these ways:

  • JA Classroom Volunteer: JA classroom volunteers lead JA-developed lesson plans that teach financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship in K-12 classrooms across Austin. After being matched to a classroom and attending training, you will deliver engaging, easy-to-follow lessons infused with your unique experiences.
  • JA Company Program Advisor: JA Company Program advisors teach students the foundations and steps of starting a business that they the put into practice as they build their company.  The commitment is for the entirety of the program 13 weeks in total, during the students class period, and JA provides all training, materials and support necessary to ensure that volunteers and students are successful. 
  • Special Events: Volunteers plan and help facilitate one of JA’s annual special events such as our bowl-a-thons, and program events.
  • Volunteer your skills: Are you a social media savant, excellent at data entry?  Volunteers can leverage their unique talents to help JA grow.  Short- or long-term projects available (e.g. event prep, mailing preparations, social media, newsletters, blogging, etc.)

What are the volunteer requirements? 

  • Volunteers must sign and abide by JA’s Volunteer Conduct Policy.
  • JA program volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All JA program volunteers must complete JA volunteer training and be available to work with students during normal school-day hours.

What are some benefits to volunteering? 

  • Show kids what's possible if they work hard, encouraging them to stay in school and achieve their dreams.
  • Be on the front line of changing current statistics regarding America’s competitiveness and financial illiteracy.
  • Experience those “ah-ha” moments when one of your students grasps a new concept.
  • Connect with your community, and learn about the challenges and successes local
    schools face.
  • Sharpen your presentation and coaching skills.
  • Represent your company and industry to students.

How do JA programs help kids succeed?

Junior Achievement programs help kids learn real-world concepts focusing on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. In addition, JA programs give students opportunities to learn and apply critical soft skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

What do students think of JA programs?

Students love the hands-on learning opportunities that JA programs provide. The JA volunteer is the critical component in the success of JA programs—he or she can share professional or personal experiences that align with JA program content and help students see how JA can help them achieve their dreams.

In fact, 92 percent of JA alumni say that their JA experience helped prepare them to compete successfully in a business environment, compared to 45 percent of students who did not have a JA experience.