Junior Achievement

"I really felt like I made an impact on these kid’s lives. Even though I only taught six one-hour sessions, by the end they were repeating items we had talked about in previous weeks, and were bringing real life examples of our lessons into the discussions. I think it’s good for the kids at that age to have someone other than mom, dad and teacher telling them about how things are in the real world.”-Business Volunteer 

Through collaboration with Junior Achievement of Northern New England and with the help of the Royal Little Foundation, Mascoma  Savings Bank, the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation's Federal GEAR UP Program, Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business, Hypertherm and many other area organizations. UVBEP brings Junior Achievement (JA) to local elementary and middle schools. Together we reach hundreds of Upper Valley students each year.

What is Junior Achievement?

Since 1919, Junior Achievement has been making a difference for kids. Reaching 5.2 million students each year, JA teaches children to value themselves, others, their education and the American free enterprise system. JA’s sequential activities and programs provide students with the skills, knowledge and options they will use for life. They help kids get one step closer to their dreams. Kids believe they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up - and they can - but getting there isn't easy. Preparing them for the economic reality of tomorrow is a responsibility everyone in the community must share.

"This is a wonderful program. Students enjoy and look forward to having JA. We have done it for many years and look forward to it every time. Our kids are excited when we do JA!" –Participating Teacher

How can you participate as a JA Volunteer?

It's easy to become a JA classroom volunteer. Regardless of your background or experience, JA's unique delivery system provides the training, materials and support that you need to ensure a positive and fun experience. JA volunteers are required to attend a training session, where they are introduced to the curriculum, and hear tips and ideas from seasoned JA volunteers. The time commitment for teaching Junior Achievement is determined by grade level:
  • Grades K-5: Five, 45-minute classroom visits
  • Grades 6-7: Six, 45-minute classroom visits
  • Grades 9-12: Five, 45-minute classroom visits

To make an impact on children’s lives by becoming a JA volunteer, simply complete the online application form. If you have questions, contact the UVBEP at 603-643-3431 x2902 or by e-mail at ja(at)uvbep.org

UVBEP offers the following JA programs to Upper Valley schools:

K-Ourselves (five 30-45 minute lessons)
1-Our Families (five 30-45 minute lessons)
2-Our Community (five 30-45 minute lessons)
3-Our City (five 45-minute lessons)
4-Our Region (five 45-minute lessons)
5-Our Nation (five 45-minute lessons)
6-Global Marketplace (six 45-60 minute lessons)
7-Economics for Success (six 45-60 minute lessons)
High School Level Personal Finance (five 45-minute lessons)

Junior Achievement In the Spotlight

Since 2003, UVBEP and volunteers from local businesses have brought Junior Achievement to the following schools:

Bernice A. Ray School

Lyme School
Blue Mountain Union School
Maple Avenue Elementary School

Bluff Elementary School

Marion Cross Elementary School

Chelsea Public School
Mt. Lebanon School

Claremont Middle School

Oxbow High School

Disnard Elementary School

Richmond Middle School
Hanover Street School
Rivendell Academy
Hartford Memorial Middle School

Seminary Hill School

Hartland Elementary School
South Royalton School
Indian River School
Tunbridge Central School

Lebanon Junior High School

Unity Elementary School
Westshire Elementary School

“The program was well received by the students and teachers, and we had a lot of fun. The teacher had incorporated a lot of the community into her teaching program during the year, and what I taught through the JA program tied into her program and reinforced the family, community, jobs, etc.” – Business Volunteer