Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

New Bedford, MA   |  http://www.jasouthernma.org

Mission

Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Through an extensive volunteer network, we provide JA's K-12 financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship education programs to thousands of students across Southern Massachusetts. In partnership with the education and business communities, JA is transforming the student experience by bringing relevance, authenticity, and application into everyday learning to energize students around academics and their future possibilities. Together we will empower the next generation with the knowledge, capacity, and motivation to thrive; to build a better future for themselves and their community. All our programs are 100% free thanks to the support of our community partners.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Jeffrey Pelletier

Main address

128 Union Street, Suite 304

New Bedford, MA 02740 USA

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EIN

04-3193575

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A growing body of literature identifies factors such as work ethic, collaboration, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that are necessary for a successful transition from either secondary school or college into gainful employment. However, employment professionals have indicated they believe that less than 1 in 4 graduating students are equipped with these most important workplace and life skills. Employers are concerned about this deficit of foundational workplace skills and how it will continue to impact the economy’s ability to grow, both nationally and here at home. Because of the constraints educators face, it remains incumbent on organizations like Junior Achievement to provide students with this life-skills training so we can prepare our young people for academic and career success and provide employers with a qualified workforce able to help grow our local economy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

K-12 Classroom Programs

Junior Achievement's K-12 Classroom Programs inspire and prepare young people to be successful by providing them with the tools, strategies, and motivation to thrive in school, in the workplace, and in life. Programs are delivered by volunteers from the local business community, and the JA curriculum correlates with and enhances Common Core standards by bringing relevance and authentic learning experiences to the classroom in the key content areas of financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship. In 2020, JA Classroom Programs were adapted to be implemented remotely so that we can continue serving students and schools regardless of whether they are learning in-person, remotely, or a combination of the two.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

The SPARK Program is a free two-year program for middle school girls focused on entrepreneurial thinking and leadership development. SPARK offers a unique blend of financial literacy, career readiness, entrepreneurship, and leadership education through a series of fun, engaging activities. The program includes a week-long residential summer experience at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in year one, a week-long residential summer experience at Bridgewater State University in year two, and several education and leadership workshops during both school years.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

JA's Titan Business Challenge is a day-long business strategy competition in which over 200 high school students from across Southern Massachusetts come together at UMass Dartmouth to participate in a dynamic hands-on learning experience, learn foundational business skills from some of the region's top business leaders, and compete for important scholarship awards that can help make a higher education possible.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

The JA Job Shadow Program provides students with the opportunity to visit local businesses where they can observe a professional work environment, learn about the careers that are available, and speak with employees about their jobs. Students also learn which skills are necessary in a particular industry and the importance of educational attainment in achieving their goals.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

The High School Heroes program provides high school students with the opportunity to teach and inspire elementary school students with JA programs. As teachers for the day, these student volunteers teach a series of five fun, interactive lessons to younger students in their community. The high school students – many of whom aspire to be educators – get real world classroom experience, while the elementary school students get the benefits of JA curriculum as well as mentorship from older students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

As part of our effort to reach our local students where they are, we piloted a first-of-its-kind bilingual JA program utilizing a comprehensive set of Spanish curriculum materials from JA Argentina and local bilingual volunteers. After a successful two-year pilot, we are ready to expand this program to serve more ESOL students in New Bedford.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adolescents
Children

The JA Company Program is the founding program of Junior Achievement and we are excited to bring this deep-dive and impactful program back to our local students! The JA Company Program empowers high school students to solve a problem in their community by building and managing their own start-up business. This is a free after-school program open to all high school students in Southern Massachusetts, and includes a Spanish Bilingual version of the program: Programa La Compañía JA.

The JA Company Program addresses topics such as business ethics, teamwork, leadership, and goalsetting, as well as how students should execute the day-to-day operations of their entrepreneurial venture. Throughout the process of building their company, students collaborate, make crucial business decisions, communicate with multiple stakeholders, and develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.

Over the course of 13 weekly meetings, students elect their own leadership team, develop and execute a business plan, produce and sell a product, hold department meetings to report on their progress, and build relationships with other students and business professionals. With the guidance of their mentors, student participants develop the skills they need to be successful in their future academic and career pursuits.

Population(s) Served
Students
Students
Adolescents

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Junior Achievement programs completed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of contact hours with students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We strive to provide our local students with the guidance and support that they need to achieve their unique version of career success and that will make our community a better place for us all. JA focuses on high impact programs that drive long-term outcomes and positive change in the following areas throughout the region:

-Economic Development: JA’s programs foster the development of soft skills, critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving; all critical skills for future professionals and skills needed locally to solve the current skills gap challenge that exists region-wide.

-Education Development: JA partners with area school districts to blend our curriculum and experiential platforms with traditional education to bring relevance, authenticity and application into everyday learning.

-Youth Development: JA partners with the corporate and civic communities to ensure a collaborative investment in our youth, giving students access to professional possibilities while boosting confidence and skills.

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts offers a variety of free education programs for K-12 students which focus on the key content areas of financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world, enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school. Weaved through each lesson are important civic, critical thinking and soft skill teachings that our young people will need to become contributing members of their community.

Junior Achievement was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Phone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Today, Junior Achievement is a global organization and reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in the United States.

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led by a local Board of Directors, funded by local supporters, and managed by a staff of local professionals. Since September of 2016, Jeffrey Pelletier has served as President, and under his leadership we have grown our student education programs by 80% and earned Junior Achievement USA's Peak Performance Award.

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts has an active Board of Directors consisting of 25 incredibly dedicated volunteers hailing mostly from the business community. Board members provide organizational governance and assist the staff with securing volunteer and funding resources. The number of board members who actively volunteer in JA classrooms has exceeded 80% for more than a decade, exemplifying their deep commitment to our mission.

Our impact is illustrated by data that was recently collected at a local elementary school:
-On average, students scored 18% better on the post-test than the pre-test, demonstrating a successful retention of the topics covered.
-99% of fifth grade students said, "This program helped me see that what I’m learning in school can be used in the real world."
-100% of 3rd grade teachers said, "I believe that the JA program had a positive impact on my students."

Some highlights from our qualitative data collection include:
-"You can feel the impact these programs have on the children and I will be a continuous supporter of JA!" – JA Volunteer
-"Having a Junior Achievement volunteer in my classroom has been so great for the students. They’re learning about important concepts like how and why to earn and save money at such a young age, and those lessons will help them become responsible members of the community as they get older." – Kindergarten Teacher
-"The children are engaged in every activity and have fun as they learn valuable life lessons. The most heartwarming moments are when they present you with drawings or tell you, 'This has been the best day ever!'" – JA Volunteer

Financials

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Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

Board of directors
as of 5/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Patacao

Bristol County Savings Bank

Term: 2018 - 2020

Nathan Araujo

Advance Career Services

Timothy Burke

Fall River Housing Authority

Michael Correia

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Robert Fregault

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John Lapointe

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Will Mendonca

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Vernon Miles

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Erin Nogueira

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Gregory O'Donnell

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Michael Patacao

Bristol County Savings Bank

Nicholas Pawlowski

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Christine Perry

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Jennifer Potter

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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