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About Junior Achievement

Cornerstone and Junior Achievement are launching a partnership to bring career exposure and business skills to our students (K-8), and we invite you to be part of it. You can make a positive difference by volunteering for 1-6 hours over the coming school year. Our teachers have a great deal of professional experience in their industry, but it makes an impression on students when they hear from a variety of voices, from people currently “doing the work on the ground.” The guest teacher will help tie the classroom teacher’s lessons to the workplace. It will spark in the student’s mind and understanding of “this is why I am learning the things I learn in class—I understand how my classroom lessons relate to being successful in the career world.”

For additional information or to sign up, contact Wanesha Daniel, Career Pathways Program Manager, at [email protected].

You can make a positive change in a child’s life by being a part of the
Junior Achievement/Cornerstone Schools partnership.

It is time to redesign the student experience to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s economy. Junior Achievement has successfully been preparing students for the business of life for over 100 years nationally and over 70 years here in Southeastern Michigan with tried and true curriculum. JA Programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Embodying the heart of JA, classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

Cornerstone and Junior Achievement are launching a partnership to bring career exposure and business skills to our students (K-8), and we invite you to be part of it. All volunteer activities will be delivered online via Zoom or other electronic platforms in the 2020-21 school year.


To provide elementary and middle school students with community volunteers from a local business partner who combine their real-life experiences with JA’s economic-based curricula, showing students the relevance between what they are learning in school and the “real world.” JA educates and inspires young people to succeed in a global economy.

To provide the local business partner with a chance to give back to the community and invest in possible future employees. The experience also gives volunteers the opportunity to practice their presentation, organizational, and teamwork skills.

Scope of Volunteer Activities

You (and a team from your workplace), will “adopt” a classroom. Each classroom will engage in six one-hour lessons, which will be delivered over a 6-week period. We encourage you approach this as a team, or with a partner. The Cornerstone/JA team will talk you through how to build a team and work out the scheduling with the classroom teacher.


Before starting the lessons, all volunteers receive a brief training. Volunteers are trained in how to use the materials, objectives of each curricula level, roles and responsibilities, teaching and classroom management techniques. Ideally volunteers are assigned to work in teams for the experience.

The teachers are aware of the JA materials, objectives of each curricula level, what to expect and how they may assist their volunteers. Each lesson comes with a briefing document for the volunteers, and a specific lesson plan to help you deliver the lesson. The teacher will handle the classroom management, and facilitate your engagement.


JA will work with the schools to establish the platform for instruction and duration of the lessons. The teachers and volunteers will create a mutual agreed upon schedule. Sample plan: The lessons will take place once a week for an hour and consecutively until all lessons are taught.

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