JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide was founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts by Strathmore Paper Founder Horace Moses, AT&T Chairman Theodore Vail and U.S. Senator from Massachusetts Murray Crane. JA's founding was in response to families moving from farms to the growing industrial cities. The goal was to provide young people with the skills they would need to be successful adults in their new communities.
Today, JA Worldwide is headquartered in Boston and is one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. For 100 years, JA has delivered hands on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. We create pathways for employability, job creation, and financial success. Each year, our network of over 460,000 volunteers serves more than 12 million students in over 100 countries.
JA inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. We are uniquely positioned as one of the few youth education nonprofits with the global reach, experience, and relationships to make meaningful inroads into tackling youth under-employment and unemployment at their roots. However, we can’t do it without you. Please support JA Worldwide today!