Youth Development

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

  • New Bedford, MA
  • www.jasouthernma.org/

Mission Statement

Junior Achievement is the world's largest and longest-operating charity exclusively dedicated to teaching work-readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to young people. We have an extensive network and a rich history of collaborating with local businesses and educators to affect positive change in our community. From learning to balance a checkbook to understanding how to be an effective team member, from interviewing to critical-thinking skills, JA remains focused - as it has for 96 years - on encouraging paths to self-sufficiency. In short, Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success.

Main Programs

  1. Junior Achievement K-12 Programs
Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts reaches students in 5 school districts including the following 21 cities and towns: Acushnet, Attleboro and N. Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, New Bedford, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Wareham and Westport.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Caroline Paradis

Keywords

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education, youth development, mentoring, financial literacy, entrepreneurship

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EIN

04-3193575

 Number

0381888547

Also Known As

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Business, Youth Development (O53)

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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It's been a busy and exciting year for Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts! Our accomplishments include: 1. By the end of the 2015-16 academic year, we will have provided nearly 4,000 students with programs that provide the tools they'll need to make smart academic, career and financial choices - as well as the soft skills needed in today's workplace. 2. We also worked closely with New Bedford High School and local businesses throughout December and January to introduce a Career Day to NBHS 9th graders, which exposed students to various career pathways that are represented in NBHS's new NAF Academy model. Prior to this one-day event, JASM recruited and trained 16 community volunteers to teach the students courses about concepts like career clusters, resumes and interview skills. More than just a traditional one-day career fair, this collaboration provided lots of context and volunteer interaction for the students. 3. We partnered with Keith Middle School (KMS) and the City of New Bedford to provide the entire 8th grade class at KMS with the JA It's My Future! program in February and March. In total, 11 volunteers visited classrooms for 6-weeks, encouraging students to plan for their future. Age-appropriate, activity-based, and fun, the program offered practical information about the world of work including exploring potential career opportunities, what to consider when choosing a career, and basic job-hunting tools. 4. On February 26th, 17 students from BMC Durfee High School in Fall River participated in the High School Heroes program, gaining experience as a Junior Achievement volunteer at a local elementary school. Working in teams of two, student volunteers taught JA's activity-based programs to 9 classrooms over the course of one school day, empowering them to serve as powerful role models for younger children in their communities and gain critical skills like public speaking, communication and teamwork. 5. On March 15th, JASM hosted the 3rd Annual Titan Business Challenge event at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, during which 180 high school students competed for scholarships during a one-day business strategy competition. In addition to learning how their choices impact business and how to effectively make managerial decisions in a shifting economy, students got experience navigating the challenges of operating a successful business as a team. Participants learned critical managerial skills in a fun, dynamic and interactive way under the guidance of volunteer business mentors. The top three performing teams took home scholarship dollars! 6. By continuing to build new relationships and increase certain revenue streams, JASM has been able to pay $17,000 on a line of credit debt that has been in existence since 2008. Our goals for the 2016-17 school year: 1. JASM, in partnership with a host of seasoned collaborators, is currently in the planning stages of a pilot program called Camp SPARK - a one-week residential program for middle school girls focused on work-preparedness and entrepreneurship. To be held at Bridgewater State University from July 10th to July 15th, the initiative will be available to 24 girls from all demographics across Bristol and Plymouth Counties - with a particular focus on the low to moderate income populations (75%). Our goal is to provide girls with an opportunity to tap into their inner entrepreneur by providing a fun, hands-on curriculum that encourages skills like adaptability, perseverance in the face of obstacles, resourcefulness, and open-mindedness. With the help of mentors who will guide them throughout the week, attendees will participate in workshops and activities that will culminate in a final presentation where they will have ""Reimagined the Southcoast"" through their own eyes. Students will also continue their work the following academic year by meeting with their project groups and mentors. 2. Increase total number of JA classroom programs to reach more students within our service area, with a particular focus on communities in northern Bristol County, such as Taunton, Attleboro and North Attleboro. 3. Grow the number of schools involved in the Titan Business Challenge from 13 to 16, allowing more students throughout JASM's service area to participate. 4. Expand the High School Heroes program to at least one additional high school, possibly in Wareaham or Dartmouth. 5. Continue to pay down the line of credit by at least another $2,000.

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

Junior Achievement K-12 Programs

Delivered by local volunteers, Junior Achievement classroom programs begin at the elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world around them as individuals, workers and consumers through age-appropriate curricula. The programs continue through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for future economic and workforce issues to help them become better employees, employers, consumers and citizens. JA programs are designed to enrich the classroom experience. All JA programs utilize high-quality text materials, hands-on activities, classroom discussions and volunteer participation to help students build the skills they will need to excel in school and in whatever career they choose to pursue after graduation. Each program is matched to grade-specific social studies curriculum goals. Program activities build mathematics, reading, communication and problem-solving skills as they enhance student understanding of business and economic concepts. Furthermore, all programs administered by JA of Southern MA have strong correlations to the newly adopted Massachusetts Core Curriculum.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

$212,400.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts reaches students in 5 school districts including the following 21 cities and towns: Acushnet, Attleboro and N. Attleboro, Berkley, Dartmouth, Dighton, Fairhaven, Fall River, Freetown, Mattapoisett, Marion, New Bedford, Raynham, Rehoboth, Rochester, Seekonk, Somerset, Swansea, Taunton, Wareham and Westport.

Funding Needs

In order for Junior Achievement to attain strategic and sustainable growth, we must ensure the following needs are kept in balance and expanded simultaneously, much like a three-legged step stool: 1. Educators: To achieve our goal of reaching additional students with the JA experience, we must expand to more schools and classrooms. This requires educating teachers, principals and counselors of the benefits and opportunities that JA provides and how it can complement and enhance a student's classroom experience. 2. Funding: It costs about $800 to bring JA to a classroom due to expenses including but not limited to: the cost of program materials; volunteer recruitment and training; processing new and repeat JA program requests from teachers; matching volunteers to each class; adhering to program reporting requirements; and conducting in-depth evaluations and pre- and post-tests to ensure the program's effectiveness. 3. While it's clear that the mission of JA's programs have a direct impact on the stability and success of our future employers, workers, and consumers - and thus the economy as a whole - one of our goals is to provide more compelling stories and examples of our impact on a local level. To that end, we are already involving more students in our events and tapping into JA alumni who can share their experiences to our stakeholders. 4. Volunteers: Junior Achievement volunteers are an integral part of the equation, as they deliver the JA curriculum while simultaneously using their own experiences to serve as a role model for students. We have been actively working to strengthen our volunteer base, particularly in areas where the program requests currently outnumber our current volunteers. 5. With the recent implementation of new constituent management software, we are designing and implementing a year-round stewardship plan for our stakeholders (donors, volunteers, educators, etc.) which we believe will allow us to strengthen our relationships with them and better understand / manage their needs as constituents.

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

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Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Caroline Paradis

BIO

Caroline Paradis came to Junior Achievement with a strong nonprofit background, previously serving for nearly 8 years as Director of Marketing & Public Relations for United Way of Greater New Bedford. She attended a JA President / CEO training in Colorado in January and was named as a Top Young Professional by the New England Business Bulletin in 2009. In May 2014, she was announced as a finalist for the JA USA Karl Flemke Pioneer Achievement Award. Ms. Paradis is also a Board Member for Leadership SouthCoast, serving on various board committees and heading up their Executive Director search committee. She has previously served as the Volunteer Committee Chair and Board Member for Your Theatre, Inc. in New Bedford.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" "Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy." An important mission carried out by passionate people. We are excited by the changes taking place in students, schools, families and our community through the work of Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts. We bring students, educators, volunteers and the community together so that we can help our young people make intelligent financial and career decisions that will help them own their economic success. Focusing on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship skills, our students learn through hands-on, participatory educational activities. They learn the importance of staying in school, how to take personal financial responsibility, the meaning of their roles as responsible consumers, and skills for the world of work so they can take advantage of economic opportunities and make smart financial choices to achieve their goals. JA brings its courses into schools across all demographics - into public, private and parochial schools, into urban, rural and suburban settings, and to students both academically gifted and challenged. During the 2015-16 school year, about 120 volunteers will have impacted nearly 4,000 students throughout Bristol and Plymouth counties. By encouraging them to think about their futures, JA plays a key role in creating informed graduates that understand the value of getting a job and keeping it. And, by helping students develop competitive skills and confidence, JA bolsters the local economy, thereby contributing to economic growth. In other words, by supporting our work and the kids we serve, *you* contribute to economic growth. Thank you for taking an interest in JA of Southern Massachusetts! Please explore our site and contact us to learn how you can join us to make a difference in our community."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Willitts Mendonca

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Term: July 2014 - June 2016

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