Junior Achievement of WNY

    BNSME teams with Junior Achievement of WNY


    The Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives organization has developed a strong relationship with Junior Achievement of WNY because BNSME believes in JA’s mission of preparing the young people of our community succeed through financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work-readiness programs.

    Our members have volunteered teaching JA programs in the classroom and volunteer for special events like the JA Stock Market Challenge and Bowl-A-Thon. Since 1996, BNSME hosts an annual golf outing in which a portion of the proceeds are donated to Junior Achievement of WNY each year.

    BNSME Volunteer Opportunities

    Junior Achievement (JA) needs your help!  The demand for JA programs in WNY schools continues to increase each year. However, more volunteers are needed to meet this demand and provide classrooms with the mentor they have requested.  Give local students the power to shape their world and see their future. JA  programs focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and career & work readiness in a fun and engaging manner for students, volunteers and teachers.  It’s easy for you, life-changing for them.

    Volunteers can choose the school and the class from the list of current opportunities.  JA receives requests from teachers throughout the school year. Our list of open classes is always changing. For a list of current classes that need volunteers, please go to: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-wny/volunteer-opportunities

    What is the Time Commitment?  

        • A 60-minute training is provided prior to volunteering.
        • Programs include 5-7 lessons, each about 30- 40 minutes.
        • Traditional Model: Weekly sessions, schedule is flexible and decided between teacher and volunteer
        • JA in a DAY: Ideal for pairs/teams of volunteers, date is pre-selected and all lessons are completed in one school day


    What does a JA classroom volunteer present?

    JA provides scripted lesson plans and supporting materials. Volunteers are also encouraged to share their “real word” experiences with students. Each program differs in content and is age-appropriate. To learn more about all JA programs, visit: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-wny/ja-programs

    To get involved or for more information, contact:

    Alycia Ivancie, JA Senior Education Manager, aivancie@jawny.org  (716) 853-1381 ext. 215

    Shannon Okonczak,  Program Coordinator, sokonczak@jawny.org  (716) 853-1381 ext. 213





    JA Bowl-A-Thon 

    Join the BNSME team or create your own team for the 2019 JA Bowl-A-Thon!