Volunteer Opportunities for Financial Services Professionals

Financial service professionals have unmatched expertise when it comes to teaching financial education curriculum. If you are a certified professional working in the finance industry, you can help in a variety of ways: teaching students, working with teachers, judging competition entries and more.

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Scroll down to read more about each program!

Empowering Women for the Future!

Women in finance are needed to serve as mentors for the day at this financial literacy conference for high school girls, Thursday April 9, 2020 in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.

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!

Contact us today to be placed on JA's local announcement roster or to get in touch with a local program director!

Bay Area 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! Please contact us if you'd like to work with NFTE.

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.