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Changing the Lives of Young People

Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.

Empowering the Next Generation

Junior Achievement’s proven lessons in financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship are shown to positively impact the lives of young people. These lessons align with national and state educational standards and are delivered to millions of students across the country with the help of our education partners and volunteers from the local community.

Research shows that JA Alumni are more likely to have a college degree, feel confident managing money, have career success, and have started a business as an adult.

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Junior Achievement Facts

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement's (JA) purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA envisions a world where young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. JA has over 100 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 volunteers lead programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—which ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

We Value Diversity

At Junior Achievement of Greater Boston, a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization is one where all feel seen, valued, and respected, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability. We work together as one team, are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach, and provide equal opportunity experiences to all stakeholders (volunteers, donors, board members, educators, and students) in order to deliver on and advance our mission.

We respect and value diverse perspectives, life experiences, and backgrounds and ensure all voices are valued and heard. We challenge the status quo, are committed to continuous improvement, and are dedicated to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable engagement and experiences for all.

Leadership

Radhames Nova is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Boston. George Moore, Chief Technology Officer, Signant Health, is Chair of the Board. Mr. James Carroll (Jim), Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations of Honeywell International, 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.

Strategic Vision

In response to systemic poverty and inequalities in the region, Junior Achievement of Greater Boston set forth to implement against a bold, new strategic vision where it seeks to close the wealth and opportunity gaps for youth in key impact communities in the Greater Boston region by creating middle school to career pathways, igniting youth entrepreneurship, and preparing financially savvy youth. The key impact communities within its current field of focus are Boston, Brockton, Chelsea, Lawrence, Lynn, Lowell, Somerville, Quincy, and Worcester - some of the highest-needs communities in Massachusetts, where 80%+ of students are youth of color.

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. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Program Reach

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Junior Achievement of Greater Boston served 20,278 students through the efforts of 1,635 volunteers. 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 over 100 Area Offices in all 50 states.

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. Junior Achievement of Greater Boston is grateful to be able to partner with such volunteers to bring JA’s programs to local students! For more information on becoming a JA volunteer, click here.

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.

Organizational Overview

Junior Achievement of Greater Boston is dedicated to preparing the youth of Greater Boston 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.

Together with our school, business and community partners, Junior Achievement of Greater Boston draws on its 70+ year history to prepare today’s youth for the workforce of tomorrow. Through our proven, hands-on programs and experiences, middle and high school students in the Greater Boston area learn how to manage their finances, launch their own businesses, make their college and career goals a reality, and become future leaders.

We engage volunteers from the business community who understand our students’ lived experiences, and can guide them as they build their confidence, and important life and workplace skills. By focusing on communities most in need of opportunity, we’re transforming students’ lives, making a lasting impact on their families, schools and communities, and creating a more equitable society. Junior Achievement of Greater Boston was founded in 1950.

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to over 100 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.

Junior Achievement of Greater Boston Team

Staff

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

JA Staff

Leadership

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

JA Leadership

Board

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

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More about Junior Achievement

Financial 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

Communities We Serve

View the communities we reach with our programs.

Communities JA Serves

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We at Junior Achievement are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias that promotes greater economic opportunity and equity. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers, educators, staff, and other partners and stakeholders, regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

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