Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts


Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

Contact: Caroline Paradis, President; Corrie Martin, Programs Coordinator

Address: 227 Union Street / Suite 703, New Bedford, MA 02740

Phone: 508-997-6536, ext. 11 (Caroline); 508-997-6536, ext. 12 (Corrie)

Fax: 508-997-1399

E-mail: Caroline.paradis@ja.org; Corrie.martin@ja.org

Website: www.jasouthernma.org

Facebook: Junior-Achievement-of-Southern-Massachusetts-Inc


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Junior Achievement (JA) is a 501(c)3 organization that improves the quality of young people’s lives by giving them the skills they need to plan for their future and make smart academic and professional choices. By educating and inspiring students to value free enterprise, business, and economics—essentially to own their economic success—JA teaches valuable financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship lessons to K-12 students in school classrooms and in after-school and community settings.

The objective of JA’s sequential, age-appropriate courses is to enrich the classroom experience through volunteer-led curricula that teaches students the skills they’ll need to make wise academic, career and financial decisions – for example, identifying careers in high-growth, high-demand industries, creating and managing a business, and determining a budget and avoiding credit pitfalls. All JA programs are 100% free for students and schools.

Volunteer Opportunities

In each JA program, a volunteer-professional passes on his or her experiences to help students develop critical skills for success in a global workforce.  Last year alone, more than 100 volunteers donated over 23,000 hours to provide JA programs to more than 4,400 students in Southern Massachusetts – and the requests from our schools continue to grow.

Junior Achievement programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, providing relevant, hands-on experiences that give students knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  We are searching for volunteers to conduct pre-planned lessons to students, grades K-12. 

As a Junior Achievement volunteer you will make a difference in the lives of young people by encouraging:

·         Students’ desire to stay in school and appreciate lifelong learning.

·         Positive attitudes toward work and toward contributing to a diverse society.

·         Knowledge and skills that will help them make smart financial and career decisions, strengthening our community as a whole.

·         Business and education partnerships that create a bridge between the classroom and the workplace.

With over 200 hundred teachers requesting programs each school year, JA volunteers should be professional, motivated and enthusiastic individuals who can deliver age-appropriate, activity driven curriculum to students K-12. No experience necessary! Activities are interactive, hands-on, and designed to be taught by individuals who are not teachers.  We provide extensive training and all materials needed.  The required time commitment is typically 30 minutes to 1 hour, once a week for 5-7 weeks. 

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