You know what it takes

The success of the JA Company Program students depends on the support and engagement of business leaders and companies of all types and sizes. Our students need your experience, expertise and commitment to help them be 100% inspired, 100% prepared and 100% employed when the time comes.

Be a Volunteer Mentor

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Mentor Spotlight

Gabe Cohen, a JA Company Program Alumnus and Senior Analyst at Accenture, served as a volunteer mentor for the 2018-19 JA Company Program.

As a mentor, you will guide the students through each aspect of starting a business including selecting the product or service, electing company leadership, manufacturing their product, maintaining strict financial records, creating a marketing plan, and selling their product or service.

JA staff provides curriculum materials, training, logistical support and guidance to our volunteer partners throughout the entire experience.

Mentors will also:

  • Serve as a role model and mentor to the students throughout the program

  • Lead educational workshops and debrief sessions using curriculum provided by JA

  • Communicate with students outside of meetings to ensure attendance, follow-up on assignments, and provide support as necessary

  • Raise questions to encourage discussion and offer advice

Serve as a Host Site


What does serving as a Host Site entail?

  • Hosting a group of 10-20 students for 26 weeks as mapped out by JA

  • Recruiting 1-2 members of your company to serve as Lead Mentors

  • Recruiting an additional 3-4 members of your company to serve as supporting mentors

  • Ensuring a minimum of 2 consultants are present at each weekly meeting (ideally 5 with at least one being a lead consultant)

  • Providing a designated room for 10-20 students to meet comfortably that includes:

    • Internet Access

    • A Projector

Benefits of serving as a host site:

  • Companies have the opportunity to showcase their business to some of our community’s emerging leaders.

  • Professional development for employees

  • Company recognition for volunteer commitment in JA’s Annual Report and social media channels

For more information, please contact Gayle Robinson at or (703) 426-1564.