Local JA Needs Help Teaching Life & Work Lessons to Kids

Sep 20, 2017

The Heartland chapter of Junior Achievement needs volunteers to help prepare students for life and the workforce.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill has the details.

Tawnya Hambly, Senior Director, Marketing & Special Events, Jr. Achievement of the Heartland, Moline, IL
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Spokeswoman, Tawnya Hambly, says Junior Achievement of the Heartland is based in Moline but serves 24 counties with around 2,900 volunteers. And anyone can volunteer, from college students to retirees.

All the lessons are all ready to go, and new J.A. volunteers receive about one hour of training. One example is a program for third graders called, J.A. Our City. The students become entrepreneurs who plan to open a restaurant.

While more than 60% of Junior Achievement volunteers serve several years in a row, the chapter has to find nearly 1,200 new volunteers each year.

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Hambly says teachers and volunteers work out schedules that work for both. Some go to classes once a week for a number of weeks. Others teach one period five days in a row. And volunteers can choose from elementary, middle, or high school classes. 

More information is available at JAHeartland.org.