Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Junior Achievement Volunteer in Abilene?It?s a loaded question. Are we talking about talent, patience, wisdom, free time or all of the above? The truth is, there is no one answer. There are so many different values you could possess that would be useful in becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer. First and foremost, you have to be willing. Willing to take the time to make a difference in a child?s life and to help them learn life skills that will equip them to navigate the rocky path in to adulthood. Maybe one day with these tools they too will become a Junior Achievement volunteer.How many of us wish there had been someone in our adolescence who would have shown us how to balance a checkbook, teach us what it means to be an entrepreneur, or give us the tools we needed for critical economic and management decisions?You can be this helping hand for curious, developing minds. Junior Achievement offers programs for elementary, middle school and high school aged youth and is always in need of volunteers just like you.What qualities should you possess?We need your enthusiasm, life experience and most of all, a willingness to teach children about what it took for you to succeed in life. The job is fun, flexible and rewarding. Junior Achievement provides volunteers with everything they need to be successful in the classroom, including: * Choice of elementary, middle or high school close to home or work. * All the classroom materials needed to teach the program including a step-by-step lesson plan. * Training on how to use the JA materials as well as teaching and classroom management tips. * Connection to a teacher to coordinate when you teach the JA program ? you will go one day per week for 5-7 weeks for 45 minutes to one hour per visit.What Difference Will You Make?Results are in and they?re conclusive: JA students understand more about personal finances and budgeting compared to students in general. In addition, they have a more positive self-concept and higher self esteem. They?re more likely to graduate high school (94% versus 70%), and are more likely to attend college (73% versus 60%).Junior Achievement works around the world helping students realize the importance of entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy ? and also helps improve behavior and critical thinking.JA bridges the gap between school and the real world. It brings life to the things kids learn in academics and makes school relevant to what they are going to do after it is over. This motivates them to learn and become better prepared for the world or work. You can be apart of this transition!Ready to Volunteer?Please consider becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer in Abilene today. You can contact us at (325) 677-3557 for more information or you can fill out the volunteer form here. The difference you?ll make will be inspiring!