Junior Achievement Mission

The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.  Using hands-on experiences, JA helps to prepare young people for the real world by teaching skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.   Junior Achievement trains community volunteers to deliver curricula, and to incorporate the sharing of personal and professional experiences with students.  The hallmark of Junior Achievement efforts, these mentors inspire students by transforming the JA lessons into relevant messages that connect what is learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Junior Achievement History

Founded nationally by Horace A. Moses in 1919, the local JA operation, Junior Achievement of Northern New England (JANNE), began in 1945 and focuses on serving disadvantaged K-12 students in Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, Norfolk, Nantucket, Suffolk and Worcester counties of Massachusetts, as well as the entire state of New Hampshire.

Horace A. Moses, a prominent industrialist and profound social engineer, donated time and finances towards the betterment of youth, to ensure that children would have access to economic education and financial literacy lessons.  From his vision nearly 100 years ago, the Junior Achievement organization has grown to over 120 chapters in the US, and JA Worldwide efforts grow each day.  We, at the Junior Achievement of Northern New England, are especially grateful to Horace Moses for his foresight in creating a namesake Foundation that provides financial support that empowers youth, and blazes pathways for bright futures.  We pay homage to Mr. Moses by serving the JANNE community of students, volunteers, educators, governance members, and donors, with excellence in all aspects of program delivery, constituency engagement, and best practices.

Junior Achievement of Northern New England 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; and
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

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