About Us

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® , was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 38 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broaded its scope to include in-school and after-school programs for Kindergarten through 12th grade students.  

Since inception, Junior Achievement has grown into a worldwide organization reaching over 10 million young people across 100 countries. Nationwide, Junior Achievement USA reached more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States by 109 Area Offices in all 50 states.

Locally, since 1951, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Pennsylvania's purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to own their economic success through financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness programs. By connecting classroom curricula to real world experiences, JA gives students the knowledge and confidence necessary to reach their full potential. 

Junior Achivement uses hands on experiences to shape the lives of young people and open their eyes to future success. JA is the world's largest and fastest growing volunteer-driven, non-profit economic education organization. Our programs are taught by classroom volunteer from the business community in your area, across America, and in over 110 countries. JA of Southeastern Pennsylvania impacts the lives of over 34,000 students each year in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.

This year, thousands of business professionals, parents, retirees, and college students will enter our schools to teach Junior Achievement programs. These volunteers use their personal experiences to make the Junior Achievement curricula practical and realistic. Providing children with positive adult role models who illustrate ways to build self-confidence, develop skills, and find avenues of success in an increasingly global economy, is a hallmark of Junior Achievement.


Junior Achievement of Southeastern PA Impact Data