Junior Achievement needs volunteers, asking local professionals to ‘answer the call’

February 3, 2023 | 12:07 am

Updated February 2, 2023 | 11:10 pm

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky has been an integral part of the local community for many years, operating under the mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed. The nonprofit is experiencing a critical and immediate need for in-classroom volunteers. 

Junior Achievement (JA) Vice President of area operations Autumn Baker said the ongoing labor shortage had led schools to request more in-person JA mentors. The group challenges local business professionals to answer the call and help guide tomorrow’s leaders. 

“Volunteers are crucial to the success of Junior Achievement,” Baker said. “JA volunteers give students the tools necessary to contribute to the economy. Financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship have always been cornerstones of success in adulthood, and JA’s programs prepare students to be better employees and citizens of the community.”

She said the “great resignation” has prompted more individuals to work remotely, and like many of its counterparts, they are also experiencing a shortage of volunteers. JA needs role models to volunteer in area classrooms, presenting their programs on work and career readiness skills, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. 

Volunteers receive training and a program kit containing all the materials needed in their efforts. JA has opportunities in various school settings, from elementary to high school. 

“Volunteers will schedule five to six visits of 30- to 45-minute sessions with assigned teachers,” Baker said. “There are no special skills or teaching experience required – JA will ensure you are ready to go.”

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities, contact Autumne Baker at 270-684-7291 or [email protected]

February 3, 2023 | 12:07 am

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