Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed

Junior Achievement of Western New York is seeking classroom volunteers.

Research conducted by Junior Achievement and Survey Monkey shows that helping students link what they learn in school to life outside the classroom is one of the biggest concerns facing teachers. Junior Achievement recruits volunteers, primarily from the business community, to share their experience with students on subjects like managing money, career exploration and starting a business. In the process, students learn how volunteers used what they learned in school to become successful adults. The volunteers are supported by JA’s proven programs to create an experience that is beneficial for students and meaningful for volunteers.

“Our research shows that Junior Achievement alumni are more likely to finish high school and complete college because of their JA experience,” said Laurie Mahoney, Junior Achievement of Western New York president. “The same research also shows that one-in-five Junior Achievement alumni end up working in the same field as their Junior Achievement volunteer, so the volunteers have a tremendous impact on students.”

Junior Achievement offers programs in kindergarten through 12th grades throughout Western New York, including Chautauqua County. Volunteers are provided an orientation on how to deliver the programs. Often visits can be arranged at schools near a volunteer’s home or place of work and in some cases a volunteer may be able to participate at their own child’s school.