Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc.

Empower the Future

aka JA, JACMD   |   Owings Mills, MD   |  www.jamaryland.org

Mission

Junior Achievement (JA) inspires and prepares young people for success. JA is dedicated to educating K-12 students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

Ruling year info

1994

President

Mrs. Jennifer Bodensiek

Main address

10711 Red Run Blvd Ste 110

Owings Mills, MD 21117 USA

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EIN

52-0688275

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy.
Read the news for an hour and you will find a consistent theme: economic and workplace change is happening at a scale never experienced before. At the same time, our children are ill- prepared to enter college and the workforce.
But Junior Achievement is turning the tide and helping young people face the challenges of the real world. JA is the largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's kindergarten through grade 12 programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

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?

JA BizTown

JA BizTown is a 10,000 square-foot simulated city
where fourth through sixth graders experience hands-on
workplace, business, and personal finance challenges.
After a few weeks of in-classroom curriculum, students
are selected for a job and spend a day at the JA facility
taking on the role of a real-world professional. The fun,
immersive atmosphere inspires teamwork, critical
thinking, and decision-making skills for each student.

Population(s) Served

JA Finance Park Virtual provides middle-school students with a foundation for making intelligent, lifelong personal finance decisions. Through a hands-on, computer-based simulation, students receive a real-world "life-situation" that includes details related to lifestyle, marital status, number of children, education, employment, and income.

Based on that scenario, each student is asked to manage his or her lifestyle. The interactive online simulation guides them through an exploration of salaries, budgeting, taxes, savings, charitable giving, investments, and more. The complexity of choices and compromises quickly becomes apparent and requires the use of critical-thinking skills to successfully complete the activity.

Population(s) Served

A Company Program brings entrepreneurship to life for high school students as they work together to fill a community need by launching a business venture. Collaborating as a team, students learn and practice business fundamentals—including innovation, capitalization, marketing, supply chain management, and sales—as they lead and operate their very own company.

This program includes 13 lessons and is available in paper or digital format. Programs are held in the classroom, during the school day and after school, with the assistance of a business volunteer.

Population(s) Served

JA Job Shadow is Junior Achievement’s Common Core-aligned opportunity for high school students to visit a workplace and learn about industries, careers, operations, and performance expectations.

The program enables community volunteers to reveal their authentic real-world work experiences. Each JA Job Shadow event brings a group of students on-site to a company where they can get the perspective of a professional and diverse work environment.

Population(s) Served

This unique, interactive event connects leading ladies and outstanding female high school students in the Baltimore area to celebrate successes, develop talents, and inspire the next generation of women leaders.

Population(s) Served

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 enrolled

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of classes offered

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Junior Achievement programs address the students most at risk of not meeting the challenging academic standards and provide them with an enriching experience. During this time in our nation's history, children are in need of financial education that will allow them to pave their way to success and JA programs do just that. More specifically, JA programs offer year round engagement that bridges the gap between traditional classroom learning and the real world.
Specific goals we look to achieve for our students include:
•Acquiring the knowledge and skills to become prepared for the 21st century workforce;
•Becoming prepared to achieve economic self-sufficiency;
•Discovering the inspiration to consider the importance of seeking post-secondary formal education opportunities in order to position themselves to achieve desired, well-paying careers;
•Being taught both the hard-skills (specific knowledge) and soft-skill (the ability to perform well as a part of a corporate team) that employers are seeking

JA programs teach students in grades K-12 how to create economic self-sufficiency, how to create jobs which make their community more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and behaviors in the workplace thus preparing them for the real world. JACMD is also capable of bringing together community partners to support direct student achievement and resource gaps, believing that a more educated population will create jobs, attract businesses, and impact civic participation, improving the quality of life in Maryland. JA continues to help students become strong, self-sufficient, economically secure adults by providing unique hands-on learning experiences delivered by engaged corporate and community volunteer mentors. This year alone, Junior Achievement is poised to reach over 47,500 students throughout Central Maryland through experience programming like our elementary capstone learning center, JA BizTown, and JA Finance Park Virtual, or middle grades computer based learning experience. Junior Achievement programs inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy by focusing on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs teach students in grades K-12 how to create economic self-sufficiency, how to create jobs which make their community more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking and behaviors in the workplace thus preparing them for the real world.

Junior Achievement programming has proven to have influenced positive behavioral outcomes using scientifically valid evaluations. JA programs increase knowledge and influence attitudes students, thus increasing their self-efficacy and independence. This in turn fosters self-belief, as well as a sense of pride, both necessary in helping students overcome challenges throughout their formal schooling and secondary education aspirations.
Throughout all Junior Achievement programs, students must use critical thinking and decision-making skills to make key life choices. Independent survey results prove JA is preparing students to develop successful financial management habits and providing them the skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. JA programs show students the value of an education, bridge the gap between what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equip the students with the skills and tools they need to be more successful in school and their future careers.
JA programs empower students to make the connections between what they learn in school and how it can be applied to the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.

Junior Achievement is proud to have served over 47,500 students throughout Central Maryland during the 2016- 2017 school year through influential programming focused on financial literacy, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. Every year we continue to increase our outreach and impact in hopes of reaching every student in Central Maryland with meaningful and impactful JA programming. We continue to want to increase our impact because providing young people with a vision for their future sets them on the right path by promoting better decision making and fostering respect for themselves and others. It is now more imperative than ever that we continue to expand our programming, specifically in Baltimore, to drive future success and to continue to build the pipeline of our future workforce.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Junior Achievement of Central Maryland, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Sadowski

University System of Maryland

Term: 2017 -

Gerry Lindner

Gene Frazier

Suzanne Ricklin

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes