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* 1. Personal Contact Information:

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* 2. Name of school you are coming with:

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* 3. How did you come to volunteer at JA BizTown?

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* 4. Have you been a volunteer for Junior Achievement before?

Volunteer Conduct Standards

Each year Junior Achievement staff shall convey these standards in writing to all volunteers prior to their first visit to the classroom.  Staff shall review these standards verbally, as well, with volunteers teaching for the first time.

Junior Achievement serves youth.  Our volunteers teach valuable lessons with each word and especially with their conduct.  Adult misconduct with youth carries serious consequences.  Because Junior Achievement cares that its volunteers have healthy relationships with the youth they serve, it has established these standards.

1. Young people look to adults for examples of appropriate behavior.  JA volunteers must use appropriate language and model honorable behavior, such as respect, integrity, honesty, and excellence.  Profanity or sexualized language or jokes is inappropriate around students.  Violating state law regarding interactions with youth, e.g., providing them alcohol or illegal drugs, is forbidden.

2. Volunteers must take particular care when touching youth.  Most people understand the difference between appropriate touching, like a handshake or pat on the back, and touching which is sexual or disrespectful.  Volunteers must also consider how any physical contact may be perceived. 

3. Interactions with students must both be appropriate and appear appropriate.  Volunteers will spend most time with groups of students, although occasionally one-to-one situations may occur.  Prior to any one-to-one interaction, a JA volunteer generally should ensure another adult is present or aware of the situation.  Favoritism, or the appearance of favoritism, should be avoided.

4. Volunteers are responsible for the quality of interactions.  Students often find it difficult to state discomfort or objections.  Volunteers must be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues that youth provide. 

These are examples only, not a comprehensive list.  Other actions not listed could result in suspension or dismissal as a volunteer.

Junior Achievement takes all complaints of misconduct seriously.  Credible allegations of misconduct will be promptly investigated by the appropriate authorities.  During any such investigation, the JA volunteer will be placed on leave.  If an investigation determines misconduct occurred, it will result in the immediate and permanent dismissal as a JA volunteer.

Any JA staff member or volunteer who reasonably suspects misconduct must report these suspicions immediately to the appropriate JA staff person at the local office.
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Social Media Policy for Volunteers

Social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) is a powerful communications tool. Junior Achievement (“JA”) expects all volunteers to abide by its social media policy in all their communications on any social media site.

JA volunteers must communicate on social media sites professionally and respectfully, just as JA would expect them to communicate were they present in person. All communications with young people must be appropriate, both in terms of the student’s age and the relationship between the adult and student. Profanity, sexualized language or jokes, images of a sexual nature, or similar communications involving adult topics, drugs or alcohol, are never appropriate around students, no matter if they occur in person, in an email or text message, or on a social media site.

JA volunteers must keep separate any social media communications that implicate JA from their own personal communications. Young people may have difficulty distinguishing among an adult’s different roles. Therefore, JA volunteers must presume that any communications with a JA student will be perceived by the student as relating to JA business and must act accordingly.

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* 5. I have received a copy of Junior Achievement's Volunteer Conduct Standards and social media policy and have read, understand, and will abide by these standards. Please return this form to the Junior Achievement office.

By selecting the "I Accept" button, you are signing this agreement electronically and certify that I have never been charged with a crime of violence or a crime involving a child or young person, or, if I have, that I have fully disclosed in writing the facts regarding such a charge to the local Junior Achievement office.

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