Volunteer with JA

What makes JA programs so impactful to the students? They are taught by volunteer mentors from local businesses and the community. People just like you! It takes more than 4,500 volunteers each year to deliver our K-12 programs each year.

Our programs, developed by experts, are designed to keep kids engaged and meets them at their level of understanding. But it’s through our volunteers that students are able to connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world. Our volunteers help transform students’ attitudes from “I can’t” to “I CAN!” and help them see what they might achieve in the future. JA volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to own their economic success.

Through volunteer partnerships from organizations large and small, or individuals interested in sharing their experiences with the children of their community, JA’s classroom, JA BizTown and JA Finance Park volunteers inspire, prepare and empower. They band together to teach the importance of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to inspire a generation.

As a Junior Achievement volunteer you can:

  • 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.
Junior Achievement offers:

Personalized Placement

Junior Achievement offers volunteers the opportunity to choose the grade level and location. All the volunteer needs to do is provide JA with your availability and preferences and we provide you with available volunteer opportunities.

Comprehensive Training

Junior Achievement provides the keys to your success: the training, the curriculum, and a classroom ready to meet you. All you need is your enthusiasm, your life experience, and a willingness to teach children about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy with our turnkey programs.

Minimal Time Commitment

Volunteers make a significant impact in the lives of young people with a minimal time commitment. Opportunities varyfrom three to 26 hours.

Volunteer Needs

Volunteers receive training from a JA staff member to deliver our pre-designed curriculum in the classroom. Once trained, a volunteer’s commitment varies from a single school day to a weekly 45-minute to one-hour visit for five to 12 weeks, depending on the grade-level the volunteer chooses to teach. Please contact Jennifer Arritola at jarritola@ja-pdx.org for more information.

JA BizTown is an experiential economic simulation in which upper-elementary students prepare for and become citizens in an 8,500-square-foot replica of an American city located in SE Portland. This colorful and bustling city has its own retail stores, bank, newspaper, television station, cafe and city hall. A total of 19 enterprises are outfitted with modern office technology, equipment and supplies. The program is a hands-on learning experience designed to improve knowledge and skills in the areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Volunteers participate as coaches within one of the JA BizTown businesses during the 4.5 hour simulation day (start times vary). Volunteers are required to participate in online or in-person training in advance of their volunteer day. Please contact Gina Huntington at ghuntington@ja-pdx.org for more information. 

JA Finance Park is a financial literacy program designed to engage middle and high school students in careers and the world of personal finance. JA Finance Park is designed as a business park with businesses that correlate to 19 household budget lines. Assuming fictional adult roles for a day, students make realistic budget decisions about everything from food, housing and health care to transportation, utilities and investing as they move from business to business. The on-site simulation allows students to put into action what they have learned in the classroom and to understand the basics of maintaining a balanced household budget and the importance of living within one’s means. Volunteers participate by serving as coaches within the JA Finance Park businesses during the 4.5 hour simulation day. Each volunteer is required to attend a 90-minute training as a part of their six-hour volunteer experience with our students in JA Finance Park. Please contact Gina Huntington at ghuntington@ja-pdx.org for more information.

How Do I Volunteer?

Junior Achievement makes it easy for you to volunteer, click here to sign up. You will fill out the simple registration form. Welcome to Junior Achievement!

More questions? See Volunteer FAQ.