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Junior Achievement looking for volunteers

HONOLULU — Junior Achievement of Hawai‘i, whose mission is to educate and inspire students in kindergarten through 12th grade on the value of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business and economics to improve their quality life, is looking for 100 new volunteer teachers to join its cause by Monday, March 15.

Due to the onset of COVID-19 last year, JAH was forced to move quickly from its traditional, in-class, in-person teaching of its comprehensive financial-literacy curriculum to the virtual-classroom setting as students transitioned to remote learning. That pivot to a digital, online teaching platform has quickly been gaining attention and traction amongst Hawai‘i’s teaching community.

“Interest in Junior Achievement has been extremely strong this semester, and we have the potential to reach more than 20 schools this spring, impacting more than 1,639 students,” said Dailyn Yanagida, JAH board chair.

“This is amazing considering all the challenges Hawai‘i’s students, parents and teachers have faced in their own adjustment to distance learning during the pandemic.”

Schools include Kapa‘a Elementary.

The average time commitment for a teaching volunteer is six to eight hours. Each class entails five sessions, which average 45 minutes. There is some platform training and pre-class preparation time involved. Volunteers must be comfortable using video-conferencing tools and be available to teach classes during school hours.

For more information or to get involved as a volunteer, please email Ann Dang, program director, at or visit
Source: The Garden Island

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