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 4,000 volunteers to teach over 44,000 local students 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.

Personalized Placement

JA 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 JA will provide the volunteers 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 your work-life experiences.

Minimal Time Commitment

Volunteers make a significant impact in the lives of young people with a minimal time commitment. Opportunities varying from 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 attend a 90-minute training in advance of their volunteer day. Please contact Gina Huntington at ghuntington@ja-pdx.org for more information about how you can volunteer at JA BizTown. 

JA Finance Park is a financial literacy program designed to engage middle and high school students in the world of personal finance. JA Finance Park is designed as a business park with businesses that correlate to 17 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 about how you can volunteer at JA Finance Park.

More questions? See Volunteer FAQ.