Each year Junior Achievement staff shall convey these standards in
writing to all volunteers prior to their first visit to the classroom.
Staff shall review these standards verbally, as well, with volunteers
teaching for the first time.
Junior Achievement (JA) serves youth. JA volunteers teach valuable
lessons in their program delivery and especially in their conduct with
students. Adult misconduct with or in the presence of youth carries
serious consequences. Because Junior Achievement cares that its
volunteers have healthy, appropriate relationships with the youth they
serve, it has established the following standards.
Young people look to adults for examples
of appropriate behavior. JA
volunteers must use appropriate language and model honorable behavior,
such as respect, integrity, honesty, and excellence. Profanity or
sexualized language or jokes are inappropriate when working with
students, regardless whether it occurs face-to-face, over the Internet,
or by any other means. JA strictly forbids violating any state law
regarding interactions with youth; for example, providing them alcohol
or legal or illegal drugs, or coaxing them into illicit relationships
over the Internet or otherwise.
Volunteers must take particular care when
touching youth. Most adults
understand the difference between appropriate physical contact such as a
handshake or pat on the back, and contact that is sexual or
disrespectful. Volunteers also must be cognizant of how any physical
contact may be perceived.
Interactions with students must both be
appropriate and appear appropriate.
It is expected that volunteer interactions with students are at all
times appropriate and professional, and are strictly related to the role
of business mentor. It is unacceptable to seek or engage in one-to-one
meetings with students at any time.
Volunteers are responsible for the
quality of interactions. Students
often find it difficult to state discomfort or objections. Volunteers
must be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues that youth
The aforementioned standards do not
represent a comprehensive list.
Other actions not included could result in
suspension or dismissal as a volunteer. JA volunteers also must comply
with the JA Social
Junior Achievement takes
all complaints of misconduct seriously. Credible allegations of
misconduct will be promptly reported to the appropriate authorities.
During any such investigation, the JA volunteer will be placed on leave.
If an investigation determines misconduct occurred, it will result in
the immediate and permanent dismissal as a JA volunteer.