Volunteer Code of Conduct
Junior Achievement’s core purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. Accomplishment of this purpose requires that students have the opportunity to participate within a safe environment, which encourages active learning. Our success in achieving this mission depends largely on the role of the volunteer, and that of staff; as well as their ability to follow our Code of Conduct.
To help volunteers fulfill their roles, JA’s guidelines and standards are set out below. Volunteers should uphold the following core values and emphasize their importance in program participants.
Demonstrate honesty and sound ethical behavior in all JA related activities.
Consistently treat individuals with respect and dignity.
Follow all laws and regulations.
Observe Junior Achievement standards and act ethically in fulfilling Junior Achievement obligations.
- Be actively engaged in presenting JA program activities in a dynamic manner, utilizing examples that are relevant and related to the learning outcomes or activity objectives.
- Take an interest in JA participants, and be prepared to adjust delivery styles or curriculum content to meet the learning and development needs, and the group dynamics, of the students involved.
- Work closely with their delivery partner (other business volunteer, classroom teacher) and JA staff to ensure that a positive learning environment is maintained.
- Enjoy the experience, have fun, and ensure that their JA involvement accomplishes the learning objectives for the students, and broadens their own professional development.
- Provide support that is required for volunteers to accomplish outlined JA objectives.
Volunteers Should Not:
- Have any inappropriate contact inside or outside the classroom (or other place where they fulfill their JA related duties) with any student met through their JA program or class, including those students 18 years of age or older.
- Be in contact with any participant inside or outside the classroom (or other place where they fulfill their JA related duties) unless another volunteer associated with that particular group of students, the student’s teacher, or other school-sanctioned adult, or the student’s parent in present or aware of the situation.
- Be in contact with any student inside or outside the classroom without the prior knowledge or consent of the local JA staff.
Exceptions would include routine business activity or bona fide job interviews for students 15 years of age or older, conducted at a regular place of business and during regular business hours.
Some examples of inappropriate conduct include:
- Violations of federal or provincial laws regarding child abuse, providing alcohol or other controlled substances to minors, or having alcohol on a school campus, etc.
- Use of profanity or inappropriate language while fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer for Junior Achievement.
- Physical contact which is inappropriate to a teacher-pupil professional relationship considering the age and sex of the student.
These are examples only. They are not intended to be a comprehensive list. There could be other actions not listed herein which could result in suspension or dismissal as a volunteer.
Allegations of violation of these standards may result in immediate suspension as a Junior Achievement volunteer. Junior Achievement will act o its duty to report such incidents to the proper authorities. If an investigation by the proper authorities determines a violation occurred, it will result in immediate and permanent dismissal as a Junior Achievement volunteer.