Educational Institutions

Junior Achievement of Northern New England

  • Waltham, MA
  • www.janewengland.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. We do this by partnering with educators and business and community volunteers who deliver JA curricula and add relevancy and inspiration to the student experience in the classroom. With grade-appropriate curricula on financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship, JA helps to build students' 21st century life skills. JA is working toward the day when every young person graduates from high school empowered to own their economic success.

Main Programs

  1. K-12 Junior Achievement Programs
  2. JA Skills to Achieve
  3. JA Academy
  4. JA Job Shadow
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Northern New England serves students in grades K-12 in nine Massachusetts counties, including Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, Norfolk, Nantucket, Suffolk and Worcester, and the entire state of New Hampshire.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Kerry Locke Bedard

Keywords

Self-reported

education, business, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, JANNE

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EIN

04-2127020

Also Known As

Junior Achievment of Eastern Massachusetts

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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During the 2014-2015 school year, JANNE delivered over 1,500 programs in 254 schools and after-school sites, reaching over 38,000 students through the efforts of over 2,200 trained volunteers. Through this past year's strategic planning process, JANNE has made good progress on the goals we established for FY 2016. As previously stated, JA's new, blended learning curriculum is actively being adopted, and our goal to service a predominantly low-to-moderate income (or, ""high-needs"") population has been addressed through comprehensive plans to select targeted school districts where we will concentrate efforts. Specific accomplishments are described below: Setting Strategic Vision for the Organization - MetAt the JANNE Board of Directors Meeting in February 2016, President Kerry Locke Bedard presented her vision, strategic focus, and five year goals for JANNE. In October 2016, the board will hold a one-day retreat to conduct a self-assessment and recommend changes to align with this vision. Making Greater Impact - In Progress This fiscal year, we explored how to make an even bigger impact for our students and in the community. For 2016-2017, we are implementing exciting program changes, ways we work with schools and conduct teacher outreach, and our volunteer management process. Balancing the Budget - In Progress This is a primary goal, and JANNE works closely with our board of directors to track and secure resources needed for our JA students. Building a High Performing Team and Professional Development Operations - In Progress The organization has a new Director of Development and Marketing, Amanda Doyle-Bouvier. For programs, we have a passionate and experienced Interim Program Director, Rachel Burack, who supervises three program managers. Growing the Board of Directors to Include Educators and Community Partners - In Progress Since June 2015, we have inducted 12 board members representing various industries and community partnerships. We continue to seek passionate, committed individuals to join our board. *

Programs

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

Program 1

K-12 Junior Achievement Programs

Junior Achievement (JA) programs, 22 in all, teach important lessons to students in Kindergarten through 12thgrade with regard to financial literacy for life - budgeting, saving, credit, investing and entrepreneurship. Delivered by community volunteers, each program is age-appropriate, dynamic, interactive, and aligns with the social studies curricula. Programs are generally taught over a 5-8 week period, with flexibility to condense lessons into a one-day format, JA In A Day. As time is a critical concern for student and volunteer schedules, many educators and company coordinators are opting for this learning model for program delivery. Most importantly to school systems, at a time when public funding is being slashed, all Junior Achievement programs are provided at no cost to school and after-school organizations.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$714.00

Program 2

JA Skills to Achieve

Developed by the Junior Achievement of Northern New England education staff, JA Skills to Achieve is a program for high school students that takes place in a corporate location. This collaborative program combines elements of two of the JA mission pillars that focus on financial literacy and workforce readiness. The one-school-day experience enables students to experience the workplace, while being guided through interactive lessons taught by business professionals. The experience results in a mutually beneficial program for all involved, as students gain exposure to real-world work experience, volunteers benefit from team-building aspects, and businesses have the platform to share its company and industry with tomorrow's workforce.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 3

JA Academy

Developed by Junior Achievement of Northern New England, JA Academy is an after-school mentoring program for high school students hosted by area colleges, universities and/or business firms. Enhancing the experience are the business professionals who serve as program mentors. Following a 12-week curriculum, each JA Academy consists of a group of 15-20 students who learn how to run a business from the ground up -- setting strategy, market research, selling company shares, producing a product and conducting board meetings prior to liquidation of their company. Students learn important lessons through the management of the company -- leadership roles, and communication and public speaking skills, and gain critical thinking and decision-making strengths.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 4

JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow is designed for middle and high school students, and introduces careers options through one-day, on-site workplace orientations, where students ""shadow"" business professionals. The program also consists of optional in-school, teacher-led activities prior to the worksite experience. Program themes and critical topics include the reinforcement of the relevance of schoolwork, necessary workplace skills, teamwork, the connection between learning and earning, and an introduction to careers.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$500.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    JA's ultimate goal is to prepare students in Grades K-12 to live self-sustaining lives, owning their economic success. Grade-appropriate educational programs address financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA USA is constantly updating curricula and rolling out new, blended-learning formats that help students clearly understand how to make sound career and financial decisions.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    JA of Northern New England (JANNE) conducts meetings with state policy-makers and education administrators to help bridge gaps in students' education on financial literacy and work readiness.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In addition to JANNE's seat at the table described above, over 2,000 corporate volunteers are involved in delivering all local JA programs annually. Our extensive network of corporate and influential community agencies has earned us numerous awards.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    A key objective is to have more penetration at the middle school level in the Boston and Worcester Public Schools. Middle school is a pivotal age when many students decide to drop out of school, or may become disheartened about their ability to achieve success. The specific program we hope to bring to more of these students is JA Finance Park Virtual, a classroom curriculum that presents basic personal economic principles followed by a computer-simulation of an adult-life scenario that requires making financial and career decisions.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Recently, officials with the Worcester Public School system requested meetings with JANNE leadership; teachers want JA programs for their students! The president of JANNE also recently met with Massachusetts DESE representatives which are leading to productive new partnerships.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Northern New England serves students in grades K-12 in nine Massachusetts counties, including Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, Norfolk, Nantucket, Suffolk and Worcester, and the entire state of New Hampshire.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Teaching youth financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship is part of a proactive Junior Achievement strategy to improve the long-term health of local and global economies. Such pragmatic training is the best offense to ensure a higher standard of living, a sense of security, and a better quality of life for future generations. In order to fulfill the Junior Achievement mission and impact even greater numbers of students, the following on-going needs must be met: Active, engaging fundraising that is consistent and progressive must be conducted to keep current with increasing demands for JA programs and the costs associated with their delivery; Growing a diverse, quality volunteer base of greater numbers to serve as the means for the delivery of JA programs; Increasing our dynamic partnerships to create unique learning experiences and other valued outcomes for allied corporations, foundations and community organizations whose missions align with that of Junior Achievement.

Affiliations + Memberships

Junior Achievement Worldwide

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Financials

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Junior Achievement of Northern New England

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Kerry Locke Bedard

BIO

Kerry Locke Bedard became president of Junior Achievement of Northern New England, Inc., effective January 7, 2015. Kerry has over twenty years of experience in nonprofits, business and politics. Most recently, she was the Marketing Director of Standard & Poor's Financial Communications, a leading business-to-business resource for investor education and part of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Prior to McGraw-Hill, Kerry spent eight years with Citigroup in New York City. She was the associate marketing director for Women & Co. where she conceived the idea and led development of Shape Your Future, an online program to help women take charge of their retirement, and Women and Affluence, a generational study of women and money. She also led the strategic development of Citi Credit-ED, a credit education program for college students, which received numerous industry awards including the prestigious Telly Award. Kerry served as spokesperson for the business at financial literacy conferences on over fifteen college campuses, and at internal meetings reaching over 1,500 employees. She joined Citi Cards in 2000 as a management associate. Earlier in her career, Kerry spent nearly a decade in politics, serving as the executive director of the Monroe County Republican Committee in Rochester, NY and working in Washington D.C. for the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and U.S. Representative Bill Paxon (R-NY). Kerry is a troop leader with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and is president of the Wellesley Hills Juniors Women's Club, an all-volunteer nonprofit founded in 1944. She has served on the Boards of the Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) and the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education. Kerry holds an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. in History from Hamilton College. Kerry and her husband, David, live in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and Hancock, New Hampshire, and have two daughters, Kady (11), and Ellie (10).

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Junior Achievement (JA) programming is a complement to current classroom efforts with its relevant financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship curriculum presented by trained volunteers. By reaching students in the classroom with professionally-designed, sequential, relevant lessons, JA helps educate and inspire young people to value education, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. A key strength of any JA program is the business mentors who volunteer in students' classrooms; they add personal, real-life experiences to the lessons. Students find such volunteers to be role models who inspire and motivate them to set, pursue and achieve their goals. In consultation with school districts, JA makes a concentrated effort to provide its programs where ""high impact"" is needed most - in schools with students who are identified as ""at risk"" and ""underserved."" We know through experience that these students benefit from JA's curriculum and the volunteers who teach the JA programs. JA builds a partnership approach to education by working with schools, securing program funding and recruiting the volunteers. Businesses, foundations and individuals contribute financial and volunteer resources for program delivery which enhances the overall quality of local education Elementary School programs teach the basics of business and economics, banking and money management, the relevance of school to the workplace and the importance of staying in school. Middle School programs build on concepts students learn through the Common Core Standards. They are geared to helping teens make important decisions regarding their educational and professional futures, and encourage students to start thinking early about their career goals. These programs supplement standard social studies curricula and help to develop communication skills essential to success in the business world.High School programs help students learn personal finance, business and workforce readiness through programs that develop interpersonal skills, instruct on building a business plan to start their own entrepreneurial venture, use interactive web-based simulation to develop decision-making skills, provide job shadow experiences, teach business ethics, and hone personal financial literacy skills. JA seeks to introduce students to new opportunities and provide a sense of hope for the future by: Delivering lessons focusing on building character, self-esteem and citizenship; Building students' understanding of and attitudes about their roles in society; Helping youth to connect education with future success; Providing the basic skills of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dan L Kabat

PwC

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

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