JA's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to own their economic success; plan for their future; and make smart academic and economic choices.
Locally, in the counties of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Talbot, and Caroline Counties, JA of the Eastern Shore reaches over 7,000 students each year and provides over 50,061 student contact hours.
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. Itsfirst 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.