JA Volunteer Conduct Standards & Social Media Policy
Junior Achievement USA® | 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 (JA) serves youth. JA volunteers teach valuable lessons in their program delivery and especially in their conduct with students. Adult misconduct with or in the presence of youth carries serious consequences. Because Junior Achievement cares that its volunteers have healthy, appropriate relationships with the youth they serve, it has established the following standards.
1.Young people look to adults for examples of appropriate behavior. JA volunteers must useappropriate language and model honorable behavior, such as respect, integrity, honesty, andexcellence. Profanity or sexualized language or jokes are inappropriate when working withstudents, regardless whether it occurs face-to-face, over the Internet, or by any other means. JAstrictly forbids violating any state law regarding interactions with youth; for example, providingthem alcohol or legal or illegal drugs, or coaxing them into illicit relationships over the Internet orotherwise.
2.Volunteers must take particular care when touching youth. Most adults understand thedifference between appropriate physical contact such as a handshake or pat on the back, andcontact that is sexual or disrespectful. Volunteers also must be cognizant of how any physicalcontact may be perceived.
3.Interactions with students must both be appropriate and appear appropriate. It is expected thatvolunteers’ interactions with students are at all times appropriate and professional, and are strictlyrelated to the role of business mentor. It is unacceptable to seek or engage in one-to-one meetingswith students at any time.
4.Volunteers are responsible for the quality of interactions. Students often find it difficult to statediscomfort or objections. Volunteers must be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues thatyouth provide.
The aforementioned standards do not represent a comprehensive list. Other actions not included could result in suspension or dismissal as a volunteer. JA volunteers also must read and comply with JA’s Social Media Policy (see page 2). Junior Achievement takes all complaints of misconduct seriously. Credible allegations of misconduct will be promptly reported to the appropriate authorities. During any such investigation, the JA volunteer will not perform services as a JA volunteer. 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 with their JA Area. I have received copies 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 your JA Area. By signing this, I hereby certify that I have never been charged with violence, or any type of charge involving a child or young person, or, if I have, that I have fully disclosed in writing the facts regarding such a charge to my local JA Area.
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.
In compliance with Junior Achievement's existing volunteer conduct standards, JA volunteers should not actively "friend," "follow," or correspond with minor-aged students directly through common social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. The only social media interaction with students should occur through a JA-administered social media platform as part of a JA program and with the consent of students' parents. JA volunteers should not reach out to any minor students through public platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedln or any other social media platform not directly controlled by JA.