High School Heroes

Youth Volunteering – Be a High School Hero

The High School Heroes program provides high school students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and inspiring elementary students. High School Heroes work in teams of 2-3 and spend a school day in a local classroom. As teachers for the day, they’ll teach a series of 5 or 6 fun and interactive lessons to an elementary school classroom.

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When and where?

We partner with high schools throughout NYC and Long Island. Most High School Hero volunteer events are held at an elementary school close to the Heroes’ high school. The program takes place during regular school hours (8:30am-2:30pm) with standard lunch breaks.

What do Heroes teach?

JA programs focus on one or more of our “three pillars” of student success: financial literacy, college and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. Each JA elementary program lesson is activity-based, reinforcing important financial literacy concepts through hands-on learning.

How are student volunteers prepped?

All High School Heroes are required to attend two 45 minute training sessions provided by JA staff at your school. During the training, they receive their teaching kits, learn how to prepare the lessons, and practice effective classroom management skills.

Benefits of becoming a JA High School Heroes Volunteer

  • Be a role model for younger students while strengthening and practicing leadership and teamwork skills
  • Heroes can earn community service hours for graduation
  • Heroes build public speaking and presentation skills. (link to evaluation results)
  • Heroes can learn what it’s like to be a teacher and gain valuable work-related experience
  • Great resume builder and community service project to highlight on college applications
  • Opportunity to apply for a scholarship essay competition 

Educators – get your high school students involved. Please review and complete our School Application form for consideration. 

Download the High School Heroes Coordinator Kit to get started.