150 West Warrenville Road
Building 801, Room 1173
Naperville, IL 60563
Name and Position of Contact Person:
Sara Williams, Operations Manager
Days/Hours Available for Service Learners:
Flexible. Fall programs usually run in October-December. Spring programs from February-May. Traditional programs require a commitment of 5-7, 45 minute visits to a classroom during regular school hours (8:30 am – 2:30 pm). JA in a Day programs require a one day, half-day commitment.
Description of Organization:
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities. JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students.
Description of Service Learner Role:
JA's hands-on; age appropriate programs stress the relevance of school success later in life. In other words, JA brings economics to life. In the Elementary School Programs, students begin to see their place in the world as individuals, workers and consumers. The Middle Grades Program promotes three central themes: the economics of households, business and the world marketplace. The High School Program focuses on workforce readiness, helping prepare young people for their future roles in society.
Volunteers make five classroom visits at the elementary school level and six to eight visits at the middle and high school levels. Classroom visits range between 30-45 minutes depending on grade level and are made during the school day, and scheduling is flexible. Volunteers get to pick their preferred school location and grade level, and also determine their visit schedule with their assigned classroom teacher.
Volunteering with JA provides a unique opportunity to gain teaching experience in the classroom, polish communication and presentation skills, learn more about the American business system, and most importantly, make a difference in children's lives.
Your life experiences in the home or in the workplace qualify you to help guide young people in developing critical life skills. JA provides complete training, including step-by-step lessons to follow to guide you in the classroom. Teachers remain in the classroom while the volunteer is there and JA staff provides continuing support
Volunteers need to complete a one-hour volunteer registration and orientation session. Volunteers need to be reliable and conduct their classroom visits as scheduled
Number of Placements Available:
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258, (630) 942-2230
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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