Basic Organization Information
Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, Inc.
- Also Known As:
Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts
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- NTEE Category:
O Youth Development
O53 Business, Youth Development
B Educational Institutions
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed
J Employment, Job Related
J20 Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training
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- How This Organization Is Funded:
MassMutual Financial Group - $84,875
Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation - $25,000
Horace Moses Foundation - $22,000
JA's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through the delivery of JA's age-appropriate, hands-on curriculum for students in grades K-12. JA volunteers serve as role models and inspire youth to own their economic success.
Ms. Jennifer A Connolly
BS EducationCertificate in Volunteer AdministrationCertificate in JA LeadershipCurrently pursuing MBAWork experience: Overseeing operations of a non-profit organization focusing on financial literacy, work readiness and career development, with a budget of $400,000 and a staff of 3 Fundraising: grant writing, annual campaign; donor recognitionStrategic planningBoard Development, communication, reportingMarketing including social mediaCommunity relations: media, press releases, presentationsProgram development and evaluationStaff development, HR,Budget developmentRecognition JAWM Development Director 2003-2006 JA of Maine Program Manager 1999-2003 Volunteer and teacher recruitmentProgram registrationProgram evaluationCouncil Development and management
As a JA alumni, I am proud to have the honor of leading JA in its birthplace,Springfield,MA. I feel our organization is a leader in delivering high-quality, relevant educational programs founded on three pillars: financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. I feel that an investment in JA is an investment in the future. I know because people invested in JA when I was a younger and I feel many of the qualities I bring to my work stem from my JA experience. 93 years ago, three Western Massachusetts leaders: Horace Moses from Strathmore Paper, Theodore Vail, of AT&T and Senator Murray Crane from Crane Paper came together to create Junior Achievement, an organization dedicated to youth development, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. As Mr.Vail noted, ""teaching youth this country's economic way of life and showing them the benefit of hard work will give them self-reliance and independence."" In 1919, JA had three full-time staff members, a $250,000 budget, 22 volunteers and served 50 youth. Today, JA of Western Massachusetts has one full-time staff, 3 part time staff, a budget of $350,000, over 400 volunteers and serves nearly 9000 youth. JA succeeds through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, helping young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence. Their success bolsters the local workforce and contributes to economic growth. Junior Achievement instills confidence, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a competitive edge.
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Highest Paid Employees & Their Compensation
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Top Accomplishments: Completed JA in a Day Economics for Success reaching 1700 students in 3 high schools Completed 6JA High School Heroes Programs (2 in December 2012; 2 in February 2013 and 2 in April)Added two new high schools to the JA High School Heroes Program; added one new elementary school.700 students from 8thgrade to 12thgrade participated in the JA Stock Investing CompetitionHelped secure a National partnership with JA USA and MassMutual Financial (JAWM's largest donor)- one of four national pilot sites.Top Goals: Over the past 6 years we have increased the percentage of low-income students participating in JA programs from 32% to 72%.Over the past five years we have increased the number of high school and middle grade students participating in JA programs from 15% to 60%.Over the past five years we have increased the number of JA students in Springfield schools (the largest school district in the area) by 186%. Top Goals: 70% of the high school students participating in the JA High School Heroes program eligible for graduation in June will graduate from high school. (56% of Springfield high school students graduate)70% of the students participating in JA programs (middle and high school) will indicate that JA has had a positive impact on improving their Math skills.84% of JA high school students will be able to connect what they learned in the classroom to real life.76% of the students agree or strongly agree that JA is important to their future.74% of the students agree or strongly agree that their participation in JA will help them get a good job71% of the students agree or strongly agree that the things they learned in JA will help them be successful in life