What is Junior Achievement?

JA is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing non-profit economics education program throughout the world.  JA reaches students in grades K-12.  All programs are delivered by individual volunteers.  JA programs are fun, hands-on programs that teach students the basics of life and equip them with the knowledge and skills to make a better life for themselves.  All programs align with national and state curriculum standards. Therefore, educators fully enjoy the opportunity to participate in Junior Achievement.


What is Junior Achievement of Chattanooga’s service area?

Junior Achievement of Chattanooga serves Hamilton, Catoosa, Walker, Marion and Sequatchie counties.  Schools involved in each of these counties are selected through their requests to host Junior Achievement.


Does Junior Achievement serve my child’s school?

Please contact the Junior Achievement office to see if your child’s school hosts Junior Achievement programs.  Junior Achievement of Chattanooga attempts to serve every school that we can, however, a lack of funding or volunteers does not allow us to reach every school.


What is the time commitment?

Elementary programs consist of five (5) 30-45 minute volunteer-led sessions.  Middle school programs consist of six (6) 45 minute sessions.  High school programs consist of five (5) to seven (7) 45 minute sessions.


What type of orientation is involved?

Every volunteer is required to participate in a volunteer orientation session which lasts approximately one hour.  The Program Director, Megan Dearing or another Junior Achievement staff member will meet with you at the JA office, your place of employment or a convenient location to go over the program materials.  Some businesses offer group volunteer orientation sessions throughout the year.


What is provided for me?

We will provide you with the materials and encourage you to add your own twist!  Materials include all lesson plans, student worksheets, activity materials, posters and more.


Who volunteers for JA?

Our volunteers come from every walk of life.  Volunteers are typically business professionals, retirees, college students, high school students or parents who want to play an active part in participating in the education of our local students.  All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Information Form and sign Volunteer Conduct Standard Social Media Policy before participating in a Junior Achievement program.  Catoosa County volunteers will also need to complete a Criminal Consent Form for Partnership 2000.


Can I directly sponsor a program?

Sponsoring programs is another great way to get involved and make an impact.  For those who do not have time to commit to JA’s classroom programs, sponsoring programs or participating in an event is a great way to be involved with Junior Achievement.  Junior Achievement of Chattanooga equally depends on community funding and volunteers to deliver programs.


How do I sign up to volunteer?

You can contact the JA office at (423) 892-4488, or visit the Volunteer tab on this website to complete the Volunteer Registration form.


How is Junior Achievement of Chattanooga funded?

Junior Achievement of Chattanooga is a non-profit 501c(3) tax-exempt organization, and is funded through individual giving, foundation grants, corporate support and special events held annually.  Junior Achievement of Chattanooga is not a United Way Agency.  All funds raised benefit programs for the Chattanooga and North Georgia area schools.


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