It's clear that we are facing one of the most challenging economic times of our generation. America can, and must, do a better job of educating our children, not only so they can avoid the financial pitfalls into which so many adults have fallen, but also because our kids will someday run our businesses, our government, and our financial institutions. Preparing our children to be productive and effective consumers, workers and citizens in our community is at the core of Junior Achievement's mission.
Thousands of central Pennsylvania students are able to learn first-hand the opportunities available to them in the free enterprise system. Through Junior Achievement's JA BizTown®, area 5th & 6th grade students are able to become business operators, taxpayers, and consumers in a hands-on learning laboratory.
You as a volunteer will play a key role in this effort.
For the JA BizTown® program, each school needs between 16 & 20 volunteers to assist with their visit. The volunteers attend training before the school arrives, and then assist the students in their assigned businesses throughout the 4.5 hour day. Volunteers serve as "business consultants", leading staff meetings, helping the students to read and understand their job directions, and reminding the students to stay on task and focus on their goals.