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New JA Programs at HC Schools – Volunteers Needed!

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky is offering even more programs this year at Hancock County Schools, and you are invited to volunteer to teach! There is a shortage of volunteers which could cause students to miss out on these helpful programs in financial literacy, career & work readiness and entrepreneurship. Anyone can volunteer to teach and all of the training & materials are provided!

Ohio Valley Program Manager for Junior Achievement (JA) of West Kentucky Chelsey Chaney has volunteered in 17 classrooms across the 9 county region since she began her position a year ago and says, “I have had so much fun. I try to teach all of our programs myself so that I can be of more support to our volunteers and give them tips I’ve learned along the way.”


New Programs

“The programs we’ve added this year (2023/2024 school year), we started doing the 5th grade Our Nation Program at North Hancock,” Chelsey said. “We had that program at South Hancock previously. Last year, we did K-2nd at NHES, and we were able to add the 5th grade program this year and get 3 more classrooms there, which were completed in the fall.

All of our programs build onto the next. The Our Nation Program is focused on the global economy, work-readiness and students learn about the U.S. free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers.

Our elementary school programs start with kindergarten and it begins with teaching them what money is, what a bank is, etc., and the first grade program builds on that and adds more information, and so on. So each of our programs build onto each other.”

Chelsey said what is most needed currently are volunteers to teach the new programs being offered at Hancock County Middle School. “We have added 6th grade, and that program is Economics for Success,” she said. “That is financial literacy based and teaches students how to invest, use credit cautiously and protect their personal finances.

All of the 6th grade classrooms at HCMS are registered for this program and we have no volunteers for it yet. I need 5 volunteers. They originally wanted to offer it between January and February so it is kind of getting down to the wire.”

JA Volunteer Opportunities

The Kindergarten program consists of 5 sessions of 30 minutes, 1st and 2nd grade programs are 5 sessions of 45 minutes, 6th and 8th grade programs are 6 sessions of 45 minutes, and the 9th grade Personal Finance Program is 5 sessions of 45 minutes.

Here is a list of volunteer opportunities for the following schools in Hancock County, with the teacher’s name and months when they’ll be taught:


Mandy Blanton and Stacy Singleton’s Kindergarten classrooms – April/May, Kalyn Fisher’s 1st Grade classrooms – Feb/March, Jamie Ward’s 1st Grade classrooms – April/May, Michelle Gregory’s 2nd Grade classrooms – April/May (between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.), and Ms. Puckett & Julie James’s 2nd Grade classrooms – April/May.


Tabitha Lucas’s 5th Grade classrooms – Spring JA in a Day, Date TBD; and Tabatha Mattingly’s 5th Grade classrooms – Spring JA in a Day, Date TBD.


Todd Beiver’s 6th Grade classrooms – JA Economics for Success in January/February – Times: 7:55 a.m.-8:46, 10:21 a.m. – 11:08 a.m., 11:08 a.m.-12:33 p.m., 12:33 p.m.-1:20 p.m., and 2:07 p.m.-2:55 p.m.

Theresa Feldpausch’s 8th Grade classrooms – JA It’s My Future in January/February – Times: 7:55 a.m.-8:46 a.m., 8:46 a.m.-9:33 a.m., 10:21 a.m.-11:08 a.m., 11:08 a.m.-12:33 p.m., and 1:20 p.m.-2:07 p.m.


Lori Roberts’s 9th Grade classrooms – JA Personal Finance in January through May.

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ohio Valley Program Manager for Junior Achievement (JA) of West Kentucky Chelsey Chaney at (270) 314-5287. You can call or text to request a volunteer application form which can be filled out and returned online, or you can email Chelsey at: The next step is some training that you can do in Owensboro or online, then you will be connected with the educator at the school where you’ll be volunteering to coordinate the day(s) and time(s) you’ll be teaching. The teaching materials for each program are also provided.

Junior Achievement of West Kentucky is located at 123 W 4th Street, Suite 301 in Owensboro. The office phone number is: (270) 684-7291.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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