Volunteer FAQ

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 in the core areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 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 programs consists of five (5) - 30 to 45 minute sessions.
The middle grades programs consists of six (6) to eight (8) - 45 minute sessions.
The high school programs consists of five (5) to twenty-four (24) - 45 to 60 minute sessions.
JA BizTown and JA Finance Park are one-day, 4.5 to 6 hour volunteer events.

What type of training is involved?

The volunteer training for In-Class Programs take approximately one hour. You may attend one of our group training sessions or train online through our interactive online training program. Training for JA BizTown and JA Finance Park takes 90 minutes and is completed either the week before or the morning of your volunteer date.

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 JA BizTown, JA Finance Park or a JA in a Day.

What local areas are involved in Junior Achievement programs?

Junior Achievement serves classrooms across Oregon and in four SW Washington counties. We have area offices in Central Oregon, Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford and Portland.

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?

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!

Not quite ready to sign up yet?

Submit a Contact Form and we will contact you to coordinate a fun and rewarding volunteer experience.

I want to volunteer, but I can’t commit to teach a class. What else can I do?

There are numerous one-time event volunteer opportunities including: the JA Bowl-a-Thon, JA Stock Market Challenge and JA Summer Golf Classic. We would love to help you get involved in any way that you can! See how you can Support JA.