View answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
Of course! If you would like us to come in to your child’s classroom, simply direct your teacher to our website where they can register for a program. Alternatively, you can send us their information, and we’ll be more than happy to contact them directly.
Yes! If your child’s teacher agrees, we’re happy to set you up with our training program and schedule you into your child’s class.
JA volunteers come from a variety of industries, including technology, finance and business services, and many more. Our volunteers are executives, managers, communications professionals, sales people, small business owners, customer service representatives, human resource managers, consultants, retirees… the list goes on!
Our volunteers, no matter their professional background, all share one common goal: to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.
Yes! Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our supporters, JA’s immersive, high-impact programs are provided free of charge to students all across British Columbia. You can see our donors listed throughout our website.
JABC offers in-school, after-school and online programs for students in Grades 4 to 12. Visit our Programs page to see all the program options.
JABC partners with host teachers and brings volunteers from the local community into the classroom to deliver free, interactive hands on learning experiences to B.C. youth. We also offer online learning options.
JA British Columbia (JABC) is a not-for-profit impact organization that delivers hands-on, immersive education in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship.
Reaching thousands of young people each year through partnerships with educators, volunteers, and donors, JABC is one of the few organizations with the experience and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.
For over 65 years, JABC has served B.C. youth, including Indigenous communities, people of colour, and at-risk populations. JABC’s real-world training helps young people develop the skills to build successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially. Through JA, young people are equipped with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.
JABC is a proud member of JA Canada and JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most impactful NGOs.
Each one is different, so be sure to check out the eligibility requirements and deadlines for each award and scholarship on our Apply for Awards page.
We are pleased offer a number of awards and scholarships to our Achievers to recognize outstanding performance in a JA program. We have a variety of individual and team awards and you can apply for more than one award. Visit our Apply for Awards page to view application criteria and deadlines.
Program duration is dependent on the program. Visit our Programs page for more details.
JABC provides all of the materials needed. The program kits for each class contain a step-by-step Inspiration Guide for volunteers, a Preparation Portfolio for each student, and all other materials and game pieces. There is also a resource website for volunteers to access presentation materials, interactive games and videos.
JA programs enhance your existing curriculum! We offer a range of programs created in partnership with curriculum developers from Canadian school boards. You can view additional curriculum matching details for each program on our Programs page.
Absolutely! Many teachers have had great success involving parents, friends or relatives as volunteers in their classroom. We are happy to connect and set them up with training and materials.
Teachers should provide an enthusiastic and supportive environment for their volunteer. Teachers should maintain order and discipline, assist the volunteer with activities if needed, and support an environment that is conducive to learning. Feel free to inform the volunteer of any behavioural or learning challenges your students may have, give your volunteer an overview of your class dynamic and discuss how to best engage your students.
If you are the lead teacher contact for JA programs at your school, please keep stay in touch with your JABC program team contact and respond to requests in a timely manner to ensure a positive and successful program delivery for students and volunteers.
All volunteers must participate in a volunteer training session. Our orientation sessions include a review of the lessons and activities of the program, as well as some teaching tips and classroom management guidelines. JA volunteers have a range of experience in the classroom, and some are more experienced than others.
There are registration deadlines for some of our programs. We do we encourage educators to register for programs as soon as possible, preferably before the beginning of the next school year. This allows time for JA staff to recruit and train the volunteers needed to deliver JA programs to your students.
Lots! JA programs are designed around three focus areas: work readiness, financial health and entrepreneurship. JA programs equip students with the necessary skills to build successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially.
JA programs are all about experiential learning. Our volunteers use a mix of hands-on activities, discussions and digital learning to engage students. Volunteers may share their personal and professional experiences to help students connect program concepts with real-life situations.
If you’re not sure which program is right for you, check out our Volunteer page for some guidance. Also our Program Managers are always available to help and answer any questions for you.
Never! All of our programs are delivered free-of-charge to schools all over the province. As a not-for-profit organization, reaching thousands of young people each year through donor support, JABC is one of the few organizations with the experience and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.
JA programs are offered in over 90% of B.C. school districts. If you would like to see our programs in your child’s school, ask the teacher to request a program or let us know who we can contact. We’re more than happy to follow up and bring our programs to more classrooms!
Be creative! Verbal praise, stickers, certificates or even treats are all great ways to recognize and reward students. Your Program Manager can also provide you with some ideas. If you are planning to bring in anything to be consumed, let you your Program Manager know as teachers must be informed in advance in case of any allergies.
No. The teacher is required to be in the classroom at all times to assist with class management and discipline.
Yes, JA provides everything you will need in the classroom. Name cards, workbooks, certificates, game pieces and so on are all provided. During your orientation session, we’ll give you your own Program Guide for Teachers and Volunteers. This is your guide to follow and keep, and you are free to make your own notes in it.
Your Program Manager is responsible for facilitating your connection with teachers. They may provide you with the teacher’s contact information so you can coordinate a time directly with them. Or in some instances, your Program Manager will work directly with the teacher to set a time, working around your schedule.
Absolutely! We encourage post-secondary students to participate in order to gain valuable leadership skills, share their knowledge and discover the rewards of volunteerism.
Not at all. Our volunteers come from a variety of industries including insurance, tourism, retail and high-tech to name a few. They are executives, managers, marketing/communication professionals, sales people, small business owners, customer service representatives, human resource managers, consultants, retirees…the list goes on!
If you have a good command of the English language, are comfortable in front of a group of students, have business knowledge and experience, and enjoy working with and mentoring young people, you are already qualified! For some programs, such as JA Company Program After-School, a Criminal Record Check will be required.
Yes! Economics for Success and Dollars with Sense are often led by teams of two. JA Company Program volunteers work as part of a 3-4 person team. Our other programs are typically taught by one individual, but you are always welcome to invite a friend or colleague!
We offer programs starting with Grade 4 all the way to Grade 12. For special deliveries, we also offer some programs beyond these grade levels as well. See our Programs page for more information or contact a member of our Program Team.
JABC Program Managers will be able to recommend programs best suited to your interests and skills. They will let you know about the volunteer opportunities available and provide all of the materials needed for your success in the classroom. Program Managers are available to support you, answer questions, provide specific information about a session, and suggest ideas for particular activities.
Preparation time depends on the program. After the group training, we suggest setting aside one to four hours to prepare for the classroom so you can feel confident and in control in front of a group of students. Effective presenters are able to give clear instructions, manage time and understand how to link one activity to the next. These skills are a result of preparation and planning.
We encourage our volunteers to teach two or more programs over the course of a school year. However, we are very flexible. JA Company Program volunteers are only asked to deliver one program since it is a longer program.
Your time commitment will vary depending on the program you choose. For example, some programs are conducted in half-day sessions. Elementary school programs are typically delivered in a weekly visit of one hour each over the course of four to five weeks while JA Company Program volunteers dedicate 10 to 12 one or two hour sessions over the course of 16 weeks. Learn more about our programs and their time commitments here.
It’s free! Thanks to our many donors and volunteers, we are able to provide this program to students at NO COST! You are only responsible for your transportation to and from meetings and any meals/snacks.
Only students who have registered online can attend the meetings. If there is still room at the location you’ve signed up for, invite your friends to register online to participate.
You and your teammates have the freedom to brainstorm and go through the creative process to decide on any product you’d like. The Company Program page has some past student projects for inspiration.
JA Company Program isn’t just for future entrepreneurs. No matter where you are headed, you will acquire real life knowledge that can help you on your career path. You will develop important presentation, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills which are valuable in any job.