Event: June 5, 2020
JA brings volunteers from the community into your classroom to deliver proven, hands-on programming on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship that inspires students to understand the opportunities provided by education. Lessons and activities are geared toward each grade level. Parent volunteers facilitate the JA program in a one day workshop. Lesson plans are provided and all materials are included. You can volunteer for the whole day or team up with another parent and split the day. Teachers are there all day to help. Every classroom needs at least one volunteer to facilitate the program.
In coordination with PTA President and school principal, determine date for JA in a Day. Secure the date with JA corporate rep, and sign contract.
Approximately 2-3 months before JA Day, organize how you want to arrange volunteers. The program is designed for one volunteer to facilitate the program in one classroom the whole day. Experience at BPES has taught us it’s easier to secure volunteers for half days, so we have asked for 2 volunteers per classroom in the past. The JA rep can sometimes find community volunteers to fill in some open spots. Be sure to collect lunch/recess and related arts times for each grade to help with planning. It’s not uncommon for BPES parents to want to spend the morning with one child and the afternoon with another. Obtain class size information from front office, send to JA rep. This lets him/her know the amount of materials to order.
We have always provided free lunch for JA volunteers. Talk with PTA board to determine if PTA will continue to provide lunch. Reserve break/lunch room for JA volunteers for the event day. Determine training date for volunteers, arrange with JA rep and reserve the room (usually the media center) for training.
Create sign-ups for each classroom, and send them out at least 3 weeks before the actual JA Day. You will likely have to send the sign ups out multiple times.
Volunteers typically will pick up materials on the day of training, but some volunteers will inevitably be unable to come to training. It’s good to have an alternate way for volunteers to obtain materials after the training day. As volunteers pick up materials, collect a head count for volunteers who would like to have a lunch. Some parents are there the whole day, others leave and go to work. A head count helps cut down on wasted lunches.
On the actual JA Day, have a list for volunteer check in. The JA rep will most likely be at the school for at least part of the day to help with any questions/problems. Good luck! It can be tough to get volunteers, but the program is very rewarding, and very fun for the kids!