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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT'S PURPOSE AND VALUES

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement's Purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

The envisioned future - what we aspire to become. Junior Achievement maintains an active vision, front and center, on how we can have a positive impact on the lives of more students - guided by our core values:

BELIEF IN THE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship

Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it

Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals

Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration

Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

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.

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.

Purpose

Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Program Reach

Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches 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. In the 2016-2017 academic year, Junior Achievement of Northern New England served 23,416 students through the efforts of 1,532 volunteers.

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.

Leadership

Ms. Julie Monaco, Global Head of Citi's Public Sector Group in the Corporate and Investment Banking division of Citi's Institutional Clients Group, is chairwoman 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. Radhames Nova is the President and CEO of JA of Northern New England. Rick Tyson, Jr., Senior Private Client Advisor of Wealth Advisory Services, Wilmington Trust, N.A., is the Chair.

Organization Overview

Junior Achievement of Northern New England is dedicated to preparing the youth of New England to lead self-sustaining, responsible lives by building the skills needed to succeed in the working world, manage their finances, and think creatively about the world around them.  Our programs take a "learn-by-doing" approach to skill mastery, building students' self-confidence as they experience curriculum focused on JA's three pillars of knowledge – financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.  When students participate in JA curriculum from their kindergarten years to their high school years, working together to problem-solve in the context of the economy and the workforce, they build skills that create a platform of self-confidence for pursuing higher education and careers regardless of what is in store for the future job landscape. Over time, this proficiency ultimately flows out to the students' families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, and the nation, as our next generation grows up with the skills needed to successfully contribute to their communities and participate in the local and global economy. 

Volunteers

Junior Achievement's 237,680 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

JA of Northern New England Team

JA Team

Our staff is committed to making your experience working with us absolutely the best!

JA Team

Board of Directors

Our Board Members includes the finest business and individual leaders in our community.

JA Board

Associate Board of Directors

Young leaders from our region who share the JA mission.

ASSOCIATE BOARD

More About Junior Achievement

Financials And Annual Reports

We've consistently received high grades for accountability and transparency.

JA Financials

Careers

Join us on our mission to empower youth and create robust communities.

JA Careers

Areas We Serve

View a map of areas we serve.

Areas we Serve

Diversity Statement: Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in "empowering young people to own their economic success®" through volunteer-led, experiential learning. We are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers and potential staff regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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