Junior Achievement (JA) is a non-profit agency focused on ensuring that all children get an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. The goal is to 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. In learning these lessons, and putting them into quantifiable action, our students become intimately familiar with economics and finances. They become better prepared to assume their role in the practical world of work and responsible citizenship.
Junior Achievement's Classroom Volunteers make a difference one class at a time. Individuals that volunteer at Smithfield teach fun, interactive lessons about business to kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Volunteers follow lesson plans developed by JA incorporating their real-life experiences into the curriculum.
Each volunteer teaches five 30-45 minute sessions. The sessions can be scheduled any time that is mutually agreed on by the volunteer and the teacher. Each grade has a target quarter and sessions can be scheduled any time within the quarter. In 5th grade, JA is taught in the 2nd quarter, 1st – 4th grade in the 3rd quarter and kindergarten in the 4th quarter.
Volunteers will be provided with a “briefcase” full of fun material. A specific curriculum for each of the five sessions is included, as well as activities that support each lesson. JA is a fun and easy way to make a direct impact on the students at Smithfield, and to get involved in your child’s classroom.
Contact Smithfield JA liaison Mary Watkins for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.544.1861) or visit www.jacarolinas.org. Hope to see you in the classroom!