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JA of the Eastern Shore - Wicomico County

Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating our youth, grades K-12, on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship in six counties on the Eastern Shore. Local businesses and volunteers help deliver our hands-on, age-appropriate programs which inspire youth to live within their means, prepare for the world of work, and understand the free enterprise system. Click the image for a larger view.

FY19 Impact in Wicomico County

The Junior Achievement staff is proud to announce that during the 2018-2019 school year (FY19) their programs reached 4,266 Wicomico County students in 174 classes with 24,192 contact hours. The programs were delivered by 105 JA Hero Volunteers and were made possible by 200 unique donors. 

FY19 Accolades

The staff's hard work did not go unnoticed as the team was honored to receive the following accolades: 
  • Henson Award for Nonprofit Excellence from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
  • Non-profit of the Year by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce
  • 5 Star Award from JA USA (12 years running)
  • Peak Performance Award from JA USA
  • Community Partner of the Year by Talbot County Public Schools
  • Financial Literacy Partner by Worcester County Public Schools

How Can You Get Involved?

  • Volunteer
    • Pick your child's classroom
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    • Time commitments as little as 45 minutes
  • Join one of our special event committees
  • Participate in Jeans 4 JA
  • Select "Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore" in your Amazon Smile account

If you're interested in getting more involved with Junior Achievement, select the green "Get Involved" button in the menu above. 

Junior Achievement Facts

What Is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 109 local JA Areas across the nation, and together we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—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.

Executive Leadership

Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. Here on the Eastern Shore, Junior Achievement is led by President, Jayme Hayes, and Executive Board Chair, Matt Auchey. 

Proven Success

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. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Program Reach

Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches more than 4.8 million students per year. Junior Achievement is in 209,651classrooms and after-school locations nationally. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 106 Area Offices in all 50 states. On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore delivered programs to 9,463 students in 416 classes in FY19.

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®, 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 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students. 

Organization Overview

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 109 JA Areas across the nation. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. Locally, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore was founded in 1986 by the Greater Salisbury Committee, Richard Henson and Frank Perdue.


Junior Achievement's 237,680 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents, and retirees. Due to the fact that our curriculum is 100% volunteer-delivered, these dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.
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