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We Celebrate National Youth Confidence Day—Every Day

We Celebrate National Youth Confidence Day—Every Day

Every day, our programs and events all teach workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on learning—all of which will give students the confidence and skills they need to succeed.

Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane

Junior Achievement Recognizes Founder Murray Crane

DALTON—A century ago, Sen. Winthrop Murray Crane joined with two other prominent business leaders to create an organization that would help prepare young people for careers in an industrialized society.

People’s United Community Foundation Grant Helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

People’s United Community Foundation Grant Helps Junior Achievement Summer Program

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM), which provides workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs to K–12 youth, recently received a $5,000 grant from the People’s United Community Foundation to support its Summer BEE (Business and Entrepreneurial Exploration) program for middle and high school students.

Aieshya Jackson joins JAWM board of directors

Aieshya Jackson joins JAWM board of directors

Springfield—Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM), now celebrating its centennial anniversary, is proud to announce that Aieshya Jackson has joined their board of directors.

February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

Read about our Celeb Bartender Event, Anniversary Gala, Annual Golf Tournament, Summer JA INSPIRE, BEE Program volunteer opportunities and more.

Guardian grants $111k to local nonprofits

Guardian grants $111k to local nonprofits

PITTSFIELD—The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, known locally as Guardian Berkshire Life, has awarded grants totaling $111,000 to 13 local non-profit organizations in support of programs focusing primarily on low-income and low-asset Berkshire County families and individuals.

Classrooms: School Notes

Classrooms: School Notes

Teen Reality Fair at NHS needs volunteers
NORTHAMPTON—Teens will get a chance to learn about money-management skills through role-playing at a Teen Reality Fair scheduled for Northampton High School next week.

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts and Santander Bank Partner to Bring Financial Literacy Programs to Students

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts and Santander Bank Partner to Bring Financial Literacy Programs to Students

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts announced today that it received a $10,000 grant from Santander Bank to bring financial literacy programs to over 200 students in Greater Springfield, Massachusetts. The programs will teach students concepts related to budgeting, saving, and money management with the intent of promoting the development of good financial habits. The partnership includes the involvement of volunteers from Santander Bank to help deliver the programs to students.

Country Bank supports JA Class

Country Bank supports JA Class

On Friday, June 8, over 130 golfers will turn out for Junior Achievement’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament and Crumpin’ Fox in Bernardston, MA. to support JA programs in Western Massachusetts. Each year local businesses generously participate in the event to raise money to support JA programs for students in grades K-12 in Western MA. The event traditionally raises funds to provide programming for over 1500 students.

Citizens Bank Volunteers in VT final

Citizens Bank Volunteers in VT final

Jessica Szafarski, is new to Vermont and a business teacher at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton. As a teacher in Florida, Jessica partnered with Junior Achievement to bring JA’s financial literacy, entrepreneurial and work readiness programs to her students.

Junior Achievement of Western MA Receives $7,500 Grant from Wells Fargo

Junior Achievement of Western MA Receives $7,500 Grant from Wells Fargo

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, a local non-profit organization that provides financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness education, announced today it was awarded a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo. Funding from Wells Fargo will support Pathways to 21st Century Skills Project to provide students with the tools to develop the 21st century skills needed to become highly skilled, autonomous employees.

People’s United Foundation awards more than $336,000 in grants to Vermont nonprofits

People’s United Foundation awards more than $336,000 in grants to Vermont nonprofits

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arms of People’s United Bank, today announced that it awarded $336,807 to 50 Vermont non-profit organizations in 2017. Funding was distributed state-wide in alignment with the Foundations’ focus areas including: youth development, community and economic development, and affordable housing.

JA Holds 12th Annual Stock Market Competition

JA Holds 12th Annual Stock Market Competition

On Thursday, November 9, 2017 Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts turned the MassMutual Center’s Exhibition Hall into Wall Street for the largest one-day student stock market event in the United States!

UPS FOUNDATION Donates $7200 to JAWM

UPS FOUNDATION Donates $7200 to JAWM

Once again, Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts was fortunate to receive a grant from the UPS Foundation, to deliver JA Be Entrepreneurial programs at selected area schools including Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, Chicopee High, CHD, East Longmeadow High School and the JA BEE Summer Program.

Junior Achievement Business and Entrepreneurial Exploration Summer Program

Junior Achievement Business and Entrepreneurial Exploration Summer Program

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts held it’s very first summer program from July 10th, 2017 – August 11th, 2017. This summer program was developed to help prevent summer learning loss in grades 6th – 12th. For five weeks, students participated in programs such as JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA It’s My Future, JA Personal Finance, JA Company Program, JA Titan, Stock Market, STEM activities and more!

JA 3rd Annual EnTEENpreneur Challenge – a Great Success

JA 3rd Annual EnTEENpreneur Challenge – a Great Success

On March 3, 2017 JA of Western MA held its 3rd annual JA EnTEENpreneur Challenge hosted by the UMASS Springfield Center. Over 20 teams of future entrepreneurs will compete in a 2-minute Pitch Contest and Trade Fair Competition.

JAWM Receives Grant from The Hartford

JAWM Receives Grant from The Hartford

Junior Achievement USA®, in partnership with The Hartford, announced a second year of funding to support the growth of JA Company Programs throughout the United States.

LUSO FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SPONSORS JA FOR MIDDLE GRADERS

LUSO FEDERAL CREDIT UNION SPONSORS JA FOR MIDDLE GRADERS

On Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 all 520 students at Wilbraham Middle School took part in a JA in a Day event sponsored and organized by Luso Federal Credit Union. Sixth grade students completed JA Global Marketplace, exploring the impact that the global economy has on their lives.

Why JA – I Can

Why JA – I Can

JA made me say I CAN. JA can make our youth say I CAN too! Watch this video & see why students, volunteers and teachers choose JA. JA made me say I CAN. JA can make our youth say I CAN too!

First Credit for Life Fair Held at Putnam Vocational

First Credit for Life Fair Held at Putnam Vocational

On April 6th Putnam Vocational Technical Academy hosted its first in-school Credit for Life Fair for nearly 175 freshmen who had completed JA Personal Finance this past fall. The fair was funded by a grant from the Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment in accordance with the Financial Education Innovation Fund initiative.

AREA STUDENTS COMPETE IN JA PITCH CONTEST

AREA STUDENTS COMPETE IN JA PITCH CONTEST

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts held its 2nd annual JA EnTEENpreneur Challenge hosted by the UMASS Springfield Center in March with eighteen (18) teams of future entrepreneurs showcasing their products in a 90 second Pitch Contest and Trade Fair Competition.

The Hartford Sponsors Second Year of the JA Company Program

The Hartford Sponsors Second Year of the JA Company Program

Junior Achievement USA®, in partnership with The Hartford, announced a second year of funding to support the growth of JA Company Programs throughout the United States. Junior Achievement USA®, in partnership with The Hartford, announced a second year of funding to...

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