Welcome to Junior Achievement on the Eastern Shore
What is Junior Achievement (JA)?
It is the world's largest and fastest-growing organization dedicated to educating young people about Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurship, and Work Readiness Skills.
Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives through connections with members of the business community.
Junior Achievement will ensure that every child in America has a fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system.
Programs span K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In addition to bringing the free enterprise system to life in the classroom, Junior Achievement programs teach young people the importance of staying in school. JA also offers two programs available via the internet.
Whom does it reach?
Through 158 domestic affiliates, Junior Achievement reaches more than four million U.S. students each year. JA programs are also in 113 countries worldwide. Locally, in the counties of Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Dorchester, Talbot, and Caroline Counties, JA of the Eastern Shore reaches approximately 4,000 students each year in almost 150 classrooms!
Junior Achievement's 108,000 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life and include business people, parents, college students, and retirees. JA programs are one-hour sessions, taught 5 to 10 weeks.
Special Event Volunteers
JA Board Members
A Brief History:
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. Its first 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 20 years, Junior Achievement gradually expanded its activities and broadened its scope to encompass an ever-widening student population.
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.