About Our Office

A Brief History:
Junior Achievement was founded by 1919 by Theordore Vail, president of American Telephone and Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, the Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. Locally, JA was founded in 1959. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. In 1982 JA was brought to the Eastern Shore by the Greater Salisbury Committee. Over the last 20 years, Junior Achievement has gradually expanded its activities and broadened its scope to encompass an ever-widening student population.

Area Facts:

  • Founded in 1982 as a Wilmington, DE affiliate
  • Became its own entity in 1987 as Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, Inc.
  • Began with enrollment of 850 students and 35 classes
  • Founding Fathers include: Richard Henson, Greater Salisbury Committee, and Frank Perdue

Student/School Facts:

  • JA will reach over 6,000 elementary, middle grades and high school students in the upcoming school year
  • In the last ten years, the number of students and classes has more than doubled
  • Independent national program evaluations show that JA programs are effective
  • All area superintendents have approved the JA programs for their schools

Volunteer Facts:

  • Over 300 classroom volunteers will serve as JA role models
  • 77% of all volunteers return to the classroom after their initial experience
  • JA business volunteers have no special background beyond a willingness to give of their time and energies

Fundraising Facts:

  • Funding provided by local corporations, foundations and individuals through yearly giving campaigns
  • Major special events:
    • Golf Tournament
    • Ladies Night Out
    • Hall of Fame Luncheon


  • JA is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that does not receive United Way or Government funding.

Key Programs:
Programs span K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers, and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classroom, Junior Achievement programs teach young people the importance of staying in school. JA also offers two programs available via the internet.

Whom does it reach?
Through 158 domestic affiliates, Junior Achievement reaches more than four million U.S. students each year. JA programs are also in 113 countries worldwide. Locally, in the counties of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, JA of the Eastern Shore reaches over 6,000 students each year in both public and private school classrooms.

Need Volunteers:

  • Classroom
    •  Junior Achievement's 108,000 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, parents, college students, and retirees. JA programs are approximately one-hour sessions, taught over the course of 5 to 10 weeks.
  • Special Events
    • Committee members are needed to help plan and execute our events
  • Fundraising Executives
  • JA Board Members

Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills completely FREE to the schools. Our funding comes from grants, donations, school sponsorships, and special events.