Volunteering with Junior Achievement

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What is a want versus a need? How do you balance a checkbook? How do you prepare for an interview?

Don't you wish that someone had taught you those things as you were growing up? Now there is someone. YOU. All you provide is the enthusiasm, life experience, and a willingness to teach children about how you took chances and shot for the stars. Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City provides the training, curriculum, and a classroom ready to be inspired and empowered!

As a JA volunteer, you share your personal and professional experiences and skills with Kansas city students. YOU help them make the connection between what they are learning in school and what they will need to succeed in work and life.

You may be the difference between a young person in your community just making ends meet or getting a more fulfilling career and life. All for a time investment of only a few hours.

Impact young people in your community with guided programs on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Whether through your employer's volunteer program or on your own initiative, YOU can empower young people to own their economic success.

How it Works

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Organizations work with JA to coordinate volunteering opportunities for their employers. Want to set up an employee volunteer group at your company? Reach out to a JA staff member to start the process!
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Individuals in our community can reach out directly to a staff member any time to set-up a volunteer experience.

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Your JA Program Manager will work with your schedule to find the best volunteering fit. They will also provide you with a short but effective training session to make sure you are completely ready for your amazing experience!

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Are you volunteering for one day or over the course of several weeks? Introducing Kindergartners to savings accounts or giving Seniors in high school tips on scholarships? Every volunteer is supported from start to finish by JA staff to make sure your experience is an impactful one.

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JA volunteers are the most critical components in the success of JA students. They love the hands-on learning opportunities that you bring into their lives. When you share your professional or personal experiences, you help students envision their own path to success!

Ways to Volunteer

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Traditional In-Classroom

  Where: In a school classroom in our community
 Time Investment: Typically one hour, for five days

As a JA Traditional Volunteer, you'll be paired with a teacher in a classroom. This delivery method is an effective and popular way to show students a connection between the skills they are learning in the classroom and how they can get a more fulfilling career and life.

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JA Youth Learning Lab

  Where: At the JA Youth Learning Lab
 Time Investment: Flexible

The Youth Learning Lab is the next step in bringing innovative, experiential learning to Kansas City children. Volunteer in the Career Center, Innovation Lab, or JA BizTown starting Fall 2020!

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JA In A Day

  Where: In a school classroom in our community
 Time Investment: Just one day

This experience uses the same JA programs as the traditional method, but it's condensed into a single day for a high-impact experience! Perfect for the volunteer who can take just a day away from work.

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Experience JA Job Shadow

  Where: At your company or organization
 Time Investment: Typically a half business day

Students in our community come to you! You'll give them insight into your job and give them a tour of your company so they can have an opportunity to see how work gets done. It's a really great way to show them how products are made or services are promoted.

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Are you a JA Alumni?

We would love to see you again! We bet Junior Achievement made a difference in your life!
Get involved and learn how you can re-engage with us!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is it challenging interacting with the students?

You will most likely find that students are extremely excited to have you in the classroom, and are eager to hear about your life experience.

What is the investment time for me as a JA Volunteer?

Typically, a JA program is taught for one hour a day for a total of five days. JA programs and volunteer trainings have been developed to be completely turn-key and hassle free for you. See how easy our programs are to use.

Does JA really have an impact on communities?

Yes, and in several different ways. Impact studies have shown the positive effect JA provides youth on their future outlook, and volunteerism has numerous proven benefits for adults in their personal life and attitude to organizations who provide this opportunity to them.

Can I choose what program and class I would like to volunteer?

Absolutely! Your JA coordinator will work with you to make sure you have the best experience possible!

Select a button below to see how you or your organization can get involved with Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City.

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