ABOUT JA of SOUTHERN MASSACHUSETTS
CHANGING THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.
EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION
Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community.
Research shows that JA Alumni are more likely to have a college degree, feel confident managing money, have career success, and have started a business as an adult.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT FACTS
What is Junior Achievement?
Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.
Junior Achievement’s programs, which focus on the key content areas of financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship, ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.
Junior Achievement’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts impacts over 7,000 young people annually through programs inside and outside of the classroom. JA programs are taught by volunteers across 21 cities and towns in Southern Massachusetts.
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts partners with more than 275 volunteers to bring JA’s programs to local students. Our volunteers come from all walks of life including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization. For more information on becoming a JA Volunteer, click here.
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is headquartered in New Bedford, and serves the Greater Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton and Wareham districts.
Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, independent evaluators have conducted studies on Junior Achievement’s effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact in a number of critical areas.
A Brief History
Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, empowered high school students to solve a problem in their community by building and managing their own start-up company. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom, and over the last 39 year Junior Achievement has expanded its offerings to provide programs for students inside and outside of the classroom.
Locally, JA chapters in Massachusetts were incorporated in New Bedford in 1948, Fall River in 1976 and Attleboro in 1977. In 1993, JA chapters in Greater Fall River and Greater New Bedford merged and were joined by the Attleboro and Taunton areas by 1999.
Meet The Team
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Meet the passionate and committed team that is working hard to empower our youth.
Our Board Members includes the finest business and individual leaders in our community.
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