EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – As the seasons change and students go back to school, one thing that stays constant is the need for young people to have positive mentors and role models. Whether you work in an office, from home, or in a hybrid arrangement, Junior Achievement can provide ways for you to engage with students in the community and help them get on the path to a successful future.

Junior Achievement (JA) provides supplemental school lessons for kindergarten through 12th grade students and teaches them how to develop the skills to succeed in the workplace, manage their money, and achieve their life goals. Becoming a JA volunteer is not difficult, but it does require a commitment. Volunteers can choose the lessons they are most interested in teaching.  JA will make sure the volunteer has everything they need before connecting with local schools to engage and inspire young people. By sharing their personal and professional experiences, JA volunteers can change the lives of local students, and in the process, enrich their own. The need for volunteers in Northwest Wisconsin is especially urgent to deliver learning experiences to middle and high school students.

“JA is not a one-size fits all volunteer program. We provide a variety of opportunities for face-to-face or online mentoring in schools, offer ways to create engaging career-oriented videos, and train community volunteers to assist at student scholarship competitions on a local and state-wide level,” said Susan Peterson, Regional Director of Junior Achievement in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “No matter how you volunteer, you’ll be helping students connect what they learn in the classroom and their future success in the workplace,” added Peterson.

Research shows that young people who participate in JA programs grow up to have a greater belief in themselves and a strong sense of purpose. As adults, they report higher levels of career satisfaction, confidence in managing money, and a willingness to start and operate a business.

More information on how to become a JA volunteer during the 2022-23 school year can be found at http://wisconsin.ja.org or by calling the local Junior Achievement office in Eau Claire at 715.842.1056.