Volunteer Opportunities for Investment Professionals

We support our program partners by providing them with volunteers from the investment management industry. Financial service professionals have unmatched expertise when it comes to teaching economic curriculum and can help by teaching students, supporting teachers, and by judging competition entries. There are a variety of ways to volunteer, and we have opportunities throughout the Bay Area!

Volunteers working with students in San Francisco on March 8, 2016

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2016-2017 Volunteer Opportunities Snapshot

Women in Finance needed to volunteer for International Women's Day
Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coaches and Mentors needed for NFTE's High School Entrepreneurship Programs

Classroom Volunteers needed to deliver Junior Achievement curriculum

Work with teachers and students participating in The Stock Market Game

Scroll down to read more about each program!

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Northern California (JA) partners with educators and volunteers to give young people access to the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA recruits and trains corporate and community volunteers to deliver experiences that give students, from kindergarten through high school, relevant, hands-on learning on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the impact of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.

Volunteers are provided with training by phone prior to their JA classroom session. A series of training videos are also available at JA's YouTube channel. Click this link to see a sample video and learn more about the JA volunteer experience!

Current JA volunteer needs:

May 23, 2017 at Parker Elementary School in Oakland
May 30, 2017 at Carl Munck Elementary School in Oakland

Teach K-5 students the JA curricula (specific topics vary by grade level.) Commitment is 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM, traning provided ahead of time. Click the links above to learn more. Junior Achievement volunteer opportunities are always popping up - if you don't see an opening in your area at this time, we encourage you to contact us so that we can stay in touch about future announcements! Or, we can work with you one-on-one to find a placement in your area. Schools througout the Bay Area participate in Junior Achivement, and opportunities can arise quickly! Contact us today to be placed on JA's local announcement roster or to get in touch with a local program director!

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Started in New York City in 1987, NFTE has served more than 500,000 youth worldwide with innovative entrepreneurship education.
Since 1994, NFTE Bay Area has reached more than 13,000 students from low-income communities with impactful entrepreneurship education, job readiness skills building, and connection to the business community.

NFTE needs volunteers to work with the students coaching and mentoring them as they develop their business plans, technology apps, presentations and more! Current openings are listed below and more will be added throughout the school year - please contact us if you'd like to work with NFTE but don't see a convenient time/place listed here.

Support NFTE Youth as a Volunteer Judge!

Semi-Final Competitions: Help provide feedback and build creative confidence in our students by signing up as a volunteer judge at one of our 3 Regional Semi-Finals that will engage nearly 400 youth and professionals in 3 rounds of business plan competitions..

Timing for each of the semifinal events:
Round 1 Judges 10am - 12pm
Round 2 Judges 12pm - 2pm
San Francisco Semifinals
Date: May 12, 2017
Location: USF Graduate School of Management, 101 Howard St. San Francisco, CA

East Bay Semifinals
Date: May 16, 2017
Location: Kapor Center for Social Impact, 2148 Broadway Oakland, CA 94612

South Bay Semifinals
Date: April 27, 2017
Location: The Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 South Market Street San Jose, CA 95113

Click here to sign up to be a career coach or judge at the semifinals!

Stock Market Game

Financial industry professionals are needed to help with SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game. This program, where teams of students manage virtual portfolios for several weeks, has participants from hundreds of schools throughout the Bay Area and there are a variety of ways to help!

  • Be a guest speaker in a classroom
  • Recruit a school/educator to register for the program
  • Host a field trip for students to visit your office and introduce them to the inside world of a financial firm
  • Be a judge for the InvestWrite competition - a nationwide essay contest among Stock Market Game classes

Classroom materials are available for those wishing to serve as a guest speaker including powerpoint presentations, online courses, interactive worksheets and testing materials. Invest it Forward and get involved today! Click here to download a brochure on the program.

If you'd like volunteer to work with Stock Market Game or InvestWrite Competition students, please email us!

BAFEF is proud to provide ongoing support for the SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game by providing program volunteers and by hosting the Regional Awards Ceremony each Spring, where nearly a hundred students from throughout the Bay Area come together to share their experiences and celebrate their victories! The students from Matsumoto Elementary School in San Jose have won repeatedly, and these exceptional winning students from the 2013 challenge had a special message for BAFEF - check out the video below!

SIFMA InvestWrite Competition
InvestWrite is an innovative national writing competition, sponsored by the Foundation for Investor Education, for students in 4th through 12th grade. InvestWrite integrates critical thinking and language arts components that help reinforce the financial decision-making skills that students learn in the classroom while using The Stock Market Game program. Volunteer judges are needed to help recognize students throughout the nation for their newly acquired investment knowledge. Judges also play a significant role in selecting which students and teachers win great InvestWrite prizes. Judges evaluate up to 6 student essays. For standardization purposes, each essay provided to you will be of the same grade division (elementary, middle or high school). The essays you will receive have been pre-selected by the students’ classroom teacher and will be graded by two judges to avoid possible bias. Judging will take place entirely online, in April of each year, with no meetings or phone calls. To register online, go to www.investwrite.org/judges

Working with Teachers
Finance professionals are needed to work as teacher liaisons throughout the year, providing support for teachers using our program partners' curriculum and activities such as SIFMA Foundation's The Stock Market Game. You can help virtually - by phone/email or Skype; or in person. To help with this program and sponsor a school, email info@bafef.org.