JA programme Overview
JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver content, which is complementary to the formal curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world. JA’s programmes are designed to be fun, hands-on, high-impact experiences that give young people a taste of life in the world of work. These learning experiences inspire and motivate students to acquire the skills they need for future career success.
We invite you to take a closer look at our programmes!
A new range of virtual volunteering programme options are available. These programmes retain the benefit of traditional in-class JA programmes while adding extra flexibility for both volunteers and schools.
Expanding the range of options for blended learning – combining traditional and digital methods – allows volunteers to facilitate programmes via classrooms’ interactive whiteboards, while the teacher helps to moderate the in-class discussion and ensure students can access the hard copy materials that are dispatched directly to the school.
Programmes begin at primary school level, teaching students how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers and continue through to second level, right up to age 18, preparing students for their future careers. All programmes are facilitated by volunteers who are fully trained and vetted before commencing and are generally delivered for 30mins once a week over 4/5 weeks.
Programmes are available as both traditional in-class Junior Achievement (JA) programmes as well as in blended learning format, adding extra flexibility for both volunteers and schools. Delivery method will be agreed in line with public health guidelines, school policy and the employer’s policy. Combining traditional and digital methods allows volunteers to facilitate programmes via classrooms’ interactive whiteboards and/ or in person, and all programmes are facilitated by volunteers who are fully trained and vetted before commencing. Materials for students are delivered directly to the school. The content is generally covered in five 35-40 minute modules.
Second Level Programmes
What’s the point of maths? Why the big deal about punctuality? And who’s going to give me a job anyway – I don’t have any stand-out-from-the-crowd talent! Second level programmes are structured, hands-on and activity based, focusing on enterprise, communication and interview skills as well as financial literacy. These programmes take the mystery out of negotiating the path from school to a career that suits each student’s individual strengths.
JA has collaborated with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) to highlight the development of Key Skills through JA programmes and promote JA activities in second level schools.