Volunteer with Junior Achievement

Volunteers embody the heart of Junior Achievement. Taking a message of opportunity and boundless potential to a classroom in your community, no matter what your profession, is Junior Achievement in action.

We serve ten counties in southeast Michigan! Some current opportunities are below.

JA Finance Park--JA Finance Park is a capstone experience for students who complete a 25-hour financial literacy program in the classroom. Each student uses a tablet with an individual life scenario.  Volunteers will help guide the students as they learn about the “cost of living”, visit on-site storefronts and ultimately create a budget that aligns with the income provided on their tablets.  15-20 volunteers are often needed. 

  • Location: Detroit

  • Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (including training).

  • For current volunteer opportunities available and to sign up for Detroit Finance Park click here.

  • Location: Flint

  • Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (including training).

  • For current volunteer opportunities available and to sign up for Flint Finance Park click here.

JA Journey 2 Jobs--Provides students hands-on, real-world exposure to the array of possibilities within specific industries.  These events will have 15-30 different companies highlighting themselves and showcasing the wide variety of careers within each organization.  Volunteers will guide small groups of students from station to station for a set amount of time, as well as answer and encourage their questions.  15+ volunteers are needed, can be from multiple companies. 

  • Location: Pontiac

  • Time: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.

  • Contact Linda Morrell at lmorrell@jamichigan.org to volunteer. (Dates are during the school year.)

JA STEMworks!--This program is designed to introduce and excite middle and high school students to a variety of STEM related careers.  Volunteers will guide students through a variety of STEM activities, relating them to real life careers.  Student and volunteer teams will ultimately build and race model cars using the knowledge gained. Materials will be provided to volunteers ahead of time.  12-15 volunteers who currently work in STEM careers are needed, usually this is supported by one company per sesion.

  • Location: Detroit

  • Timing: 8:30 am – 1:30 pm (including training).

  • Contact Linda Morrell at lmorrell@jamichigan.org for more information. (Dates are during the school year.)

JA in a Day!--In this high-impact program, volunteers will have the opportunity to bring JA programs into the classroom. Embodying the heart of JA, classroom volunteers introduce elementary and/or middle school students to concepts that combine their real-life experiences with JA’s economic-based curricula, showing students the relevance between what they are learning in school and the “real world.”  The JA programs team will provide materials and training to all volunteers prior to their time in the classroom. The classrooms will have two volunteers each (minimum). This is a great way for companies/teams/groups to come in, spend the day and make a difference together. Depending on the number of volunteers, groups can provide programs to a grade, multiple grades, or even an entire school! 2 – 40 volunteers are needed. If a full day does not work for you, we have another option: one hour a week for multiple weeks!

  • Location: Various in Southeastern Michigan

  • Timing:  8:30 am – 2:00 pm

  • For Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and nearby counties, Contact Tarek Lester at tlester@jamichigan.org for more information.

  • For Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Counties, contact Meghan Cuneo mcuneo@jamichigan.org for more information.

JA Company Program--Students learn about entrepreneurism and eventually start their own business. Volunteers can fill a variety of needs for this program please contact Soumaya Arabi at sarabi@jamichigan.org for more details.

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