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Volunteer FAQs

What is Junior Achievement? (JA)

Junior Achievement is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing non-profit economics education program throughout 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 to 60 minute sessions.

What type of training is involved?

The volunteer training takes approximately one hour. You may attend one of our group training sessions or 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. Pick a fellow colleague whom you enjoy spending time with. Collective teaching will make it fun for you and your partner and he/she can always take over the class if you have a meeting. Alternatively, consider setting aside a day to volunteer at a JA Day.

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?

“Junior Achievement provides programs to 40,000 students, servicing 1,550 area classrooms across Oregon and SW Washington.

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 conduct standards form.

How do I get signed up to volunteer?

You can either contact the Junior Achievement office at 503-238-6430, or click here to inquire about available classroom volunteer options.

I want to volunteer, but I can’t commit long-term — What else can I do?

There are numerous one-time event volunteer opportunities including: the JA Bowl-a-Thon, Summer Golf Classic and Annual Fund Drive. You may also choose to host a student Job Shadow or a class to visit your office for one day. We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can!

Junior Achievement of Oregon & SW Washington - 7830 SE Foster Road, Portland, OR 97206 - Phone: 503-238-6430 - Fax: 503-233-3811 - info@ja-pdx.org
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