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JA of Southern Massachusetts Team

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Meet the passionate and committed team that is working hard to empower our youth.

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STAFF

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

JA Staff

BOARD

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

JA Board

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 is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement'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

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts impacts over 6,000 young people annually through programs inside and outside of the classroom. JA programs are taught by volunteers in 46 schools and 16 cities and towns throughout Southern Massachusetts.

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

The Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts team consists of President Jeffrey Pelletier, and two support staff, who are overseen by an active Board of Directors. The Board, made up of committed volunteers hailing mostly from the business community but also including educators and retirees, provides governance and assists the staff with securing volunteer and funding resources.

Organization Overview

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is headquartered in New Bedford, and serves the Greater Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton and Wareham districts.

Volunteers

Junior Achievement works with more than 200 classroom volunteers who come from all walks of life, including: business people, college students, parents and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

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.

  • "You can feel the impact these programs have on the children and I will be a continuous supporter of JA!"

    JA Volunteer
  • "My students love JA time! It's a foundation for understanding how our lives work in a home and extends to a community."

    Kindergarten Teacher
  • "I was elated to see the great boost in confidence my daughter gained."

    SPARK Parent
  • "Teaching Junior Achievement is one of the best things I have ever done in my life. Teaching the children about important factors that will play key roles in their lives is what makes it so special. I loved the opportunity, thank you so much Junior Achievement!"

    JA Volunteer
  • "Having a Junior Achievement volunteer in my classroom has been so great for the students."

    Kindergarten Teacher
  • "I would like to thank you and all of JA Titan for the opportunities you have given me."

    Titan Scholarship Recipient
  • "This program is so important for students to understand they are part of a bigger community."

    School Administrator
  • "I really think this is a great program for the kids and I'm glad that they give these children the opportunity to show that they can be successful businesswomen."

    SPARK Parent
  • "The most heartwarming moments are when the children present you with drawings or tell you, ‘This has been the best day ever!'"

    JA Volunteer
  • "They're learning about important concepts like how and why to earn and save money at such a young age, and those lessons will help them become responsible members of the community as they get older."

    Kindergarten Teacher
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