JA's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 202,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.
Locally, in the counties of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Talbot, and Caroline Counties, JA of the Eastern Shore reaches 6,800 students each year in over 320 classrooms.
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 three decades, Junior Achievement has gradually expanded its activities and broadened its scope to encompass an ever-widening student population, and help them meet the future needs of an increasingly complex working world.
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.
“Ms. Weise and her third graders have touched me in a way that I will never forget, and reinforced my belief that our children (and our teachers) are the most important people on the planet!”
Michele Hall, JAES volunteer
“I cannot believe the level of understanding these young children have for what we are teaching them…. I truly felt like I had made a difference in their little lives.”
Nancy O'Rourke, JAES volunteer
“Volunteering for Junior Achievement is one of the greatest things I do each year. Teaching our youth about financial literacy is very important, especially in today's economy. It's a very good feeling to walk into the class room and feel like a 'rock star'.”
Angie Jarvis, Avery Hall Insurance -- JAES volunteer and board member
“The Junior Achievement Company Program is an excellent program for youth. It absolutely gives them the guidance needed to start and maintain a business. I highly recommend this program to anyone working with youth.”
James Holbrook, WCBOE's Project Success
“Teaching high school students the mechanics of developing and launching a business included so many "aha" moments – for them and for me. It opened their eyes to the possibility of a future filled with engaging work that makes a difference.”
Kathy Kiernan, APPI Energy -- JAES board member and volunteer