Junior Achievement Workshop Facilitators

Junior Achievement Workshop Facilitators

Junior Achievement (JA) started with a vision to help teach young people about business and free enterprise. That was back in 1919, before JA became a global leader in educating youth about financial literary, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Now in over 121 countries, JA brings volunteers together with over 10.2 million of our future leaders. We believe in the boundless potential of young people and share their passion for excellence,respect their talents and creativity, celebrate their honesty and integrity, and create opportunities for hands-on learning.

JA Southern Alberta has grown into an organization that operates through 8 offices across southern Alberta, reaching almost 30,000 students in grades 5-12 every year. With the help of local school boards, companies dedicated to youth success, multiple Rural Leadership Councils, and a committed board, we are positioned to grow even further.

Imagine what we’ll be able to accomplish with your experience and support. Junior Achievement is the link between education and the business world, giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams. Participating pre-service teachers will have the chance to implement engaging workshops that align with the Alberta curriculum and set students up for success as leaders in our communities.

Who?

All Bachelor of Education Students

What?

Deliver financial literacy workshops for Children/Youth ages 9-17 years old

When?

Availability is based on the schedule of workshops Junior Achievement offers. Variable times during school hours.

Where?

Online: All trainings will be facilitated virtually. There is a possibility to have In-person volunteer opportunities in 2022 

Junior Achievement Logistics


What's Involved

  • Pre-Service teachers will participate in a 90-minute training session for each program they will be supporting as facilitators. Most facilitators will begin supporting 1 workshop series, but may support additional programs based on subject/grade interests.
  • Participants will work alongside JA staff to facilitate half-day (4-hour) workshops focusing on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.
  • Pre-Service teachers should commit to facilitating 4-5 workshops (including preparation, setup, and delivery) as part of the program, with more site visits based on participant availability
  • Workshops will be guided by existing Junior Achievement resources, and are aligned to Alberta Education curriculum for each grade level
  • As participants become more comfortable with each workshop, they will be encouraged to take on greater leadership roles within the sessions, including leading workshop activities, selecting components from the provided content, and supporting community volunteers who are new to the program

JA Workshops Include...

Requirements

Pre-service teachers need a current Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued after July 1, 2021). Students who do not already have a police check should begin this process at their local police station as soon as possible, as police checks often take 4-6 weeks to process.


Werklund Dates and Times

  • Applications Open: November 22, 2021
  • Applications Close: December 5, 2021
  • Werklund Orientation: December 10, 2021
  • Werklund Check-In Session #1: February 8, 2022
  • Werklund Check-In Session #2: March 8, 2022

Junior Achievement Dates

  • JA Training Session: 90 minutes per program (participants will begin supporting a program for 1 grade level, but may choose to get involved in additional programs/grades)
    • Calgary-based participants will be trained at the JA office, at 870, 105 12 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB
    • Participants in rural/remote communities will be trained by the Regional Coordinator in their region (see here for a list of JA's regions)
  • 4-5 Junior Achievement Workshops: To be scheduled; during school hours. Each workshop runs for half of the school day, usually in the mornings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays.
  • Specific dates and times will be set based on student/program schedules
  • While workshops are scheduled every month of the school year, a large number of workshops are offered in November of each year as part of Financial Literacy month.

In total, pre-service teachers agree to commit to a minimum of 20 hours for their service-learning experience


Making Connections

  • Throughout the semester, pre-service teachers will curate their service experiences using a creative medium (e.g., photos, art, storyboarding, videos, etc.) that best reflects their experiences in the program. Your creative reflections will form part of a public showcase of Werklund’s service-learning program later in the year.
  • Pre-service teachers will participate in 2 group meetings: one at the mid-point and another at the end of their placement (1 hour each). These group meetings provide pre-service teachers with opportunities to reflect on the service-learning experience, and to guide improvements for the program.

Applications are now open. To start an application: 1. Log in to Elevate 2. Go to My Werklund Experiences 3. Click View on Courses/Programs 4. Click Apply on the Service-Learning program. 5. Complete and submit the application questions. Apply Here !

Delivering material in the classroom that brings up topics not touched on in the curriculum was so interesting! I’ve also been able to practice and improve my classroom management skills, and pushed myself to adapt the workshop material to each unique classroom environment.

JA Participant

They gave me a lot of responsibility (leading classes on my own) whereas normally there are two volunteers for each classroom. This allowed me to gain experience about classroom management which was is an integral part of my learning.

JA Participant

Junior Achievement Workshop Facilitators

For more information, visit

JA's program regions and website