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 JA cares that its volunteers have healthy, appropriate relationships with the youth they serve, it has established the following standards.
1. JA Volunteers must use appropriate language and model honorable behavior, such as respect, integrity, honesty, and excellence. 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, text message, on the Internet, or on a social media site. JA strictly forbids violating any law regarding interactions with youth; for example, providing them alcohol or drugs, or coaxing them into illicit relationships.
2. Volunteers should avoid all contact with students beyond a business handshake.
3. Interactions with students must both be appropriate and appear appropriate. It is expected that interactions with students are at all times appropriate and professional and are strictly related to the role of business mentor. It is unacceptable to seek or engage in one-to-one meetings with students at any time. This includes electronically (email, social media sites, etc.), by phone or in person.
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.
5. No weapons of any kind are permitted on school or JA premises.
6. SOCIAL MEDIA: While it is your right to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.), everything you post can be viewed by others and reflects our organization. JA volunteers should keep in mind that whatever is published on their social media sites is public, regardless of privacy settings. The opportunity for followers to take screenshots makes even private accounts—or deleted posts—susceptible to being shared publicly.
a. JA volunteers must communicate on social media sites professionally and respectfully just as if they were present in person.
b. All communications with young people must be appropriate, both in terms of the student’s age and the relationship between the adult and student.
c. 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.
d. JA volunteers should not “friend,” “follow” or correspond with minor-aged students directly through social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
7. FACTUAL CONTENT: Online Information can spread quickly and can easily be misinterpreted or taken out of context. Any posts that reference JA or include the JA website should reflect the organization in a positive light and include only accurate public information.
8. PHOTO USE: Taking unauthorized photographs/videos of members or participants, guests, volunteers, or children is prohibited. A signed photo release must be on file with JA prior to any photo being taken. Should a school decide to post their own photos taken during a JA event, those who volunteered or managed the JA event are then able to re-share those images on their personal or business social media platforms.
9. Volunteers will be presenting, facilitating and discussing various programs, content and ideas with students that are likely owned by JA, its licensors or the students. Volunteers agree that they will not seek ownership in or contest those intellectual property rights, and will not attempt to secure trademark, patent, or intellectual property rights or registration therein without prior written consent from Junior Achievement USA.
10. Identifying Student Information, including but not limited to student names, is confidential and cannot be disclosed outside of the JA program by JA volunteers.
Grant Right to Use Media. I hereby grant JA irrevocable right and permission to photograph and/or video tape (hereafter called "media") me in conjunction with volunteering and to reproduce, use, re-use, publish, display, copyright and distribute all media taken in which I might appear individually or in conjunction with other photographs, images, text, and/or captions in connection with JA and all types of media including promotion, advertising, commercial, and publicity in perpetuity. I release and discharge JA from any and all claims, demands and liability in connection with the use of such photographs/video in connection with JA including but not limited to claims for libel, invasion of privacy, rights of publicity and/or copyright infringement. I understand the copyright to all media resides with JA.
The aforementioned standards do not represent a comprehensive list. Other actions not included could result in suspension or dismissal as a volunteer.
JA 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. I have received copies of this form and have read, understand, and will abide by these standards.