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JA Job Shadow opens young people's minds to careers and inspires them to stay in school.

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JA High School Heroes serve as role models to over 1000 elementary school students annually

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JA provides programs to youth in grades K-12

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Interactive, age-appropriate activities teach children about business, government, and financial literacy.

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JA Volunteers serve as role models to our youth,

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JA started in Springfield MA in 1919 and has served over one-half million Western MA youth.

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The First JA Building is located at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield.

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Empowering young people to own their economic success!

“JA has provided us with the opportunity to reach beyond ourselves, to set goals, and has supported us through mentors, who have definitely changed our lives,” noted Jessika L. Jessika graduated from The High School of Commerce. Jessika along with her fellow JA Company teammate, Deanna G., traveled to Washington DC to represent JA of Western Massachusetts in the JA USA National Business Plan Competition. While at the conference Deanna and Jessika had the opportunity to participate in a Coding Seminar presented by Microsoft and it was there Jessika found her passion. Now a sophomore at UMASS Dartmouth, Jessika is being mentored by Donna Woodall, Microsoft Citizenship Director.

Their JA experience meant so much to Jessika and Deanna that they brought together another group of students who continued the SpringfieldCharms legacy and were also invited to compete in Washington DC in 2015.

This year the SpringfieldCharms are expanding and working towards being invited back to the competition in 2016!

Your donation to Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts on Valley Gives Day helps western MA youth, in grades K-12.

Junior Achievement supports education development- the most important driver of high school graduation- by helping students connect classroom learning with life after graduation.

Did you know that raising the graduation rates of minority students to 90% by 2020 would add $310 billion to the economy?

Please, help JA make a difference to more young people like Deanna and Jessika by donating to JAWM on 12-01-2015

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts needs your help to continue inspiring young people to become our future entrepreneurs... like Tymra, Destiny, and Tessa, juniors at the High School of Science and Technology who have come together to form SpringfieldCharms. an afterschool JA Company Program with the mission of "inspiring positive change in Springfield through youth entrepreneurship." The students designed a silver charm bracelet with a charm that features the outline of a hand and the words "STOP THE VIOLENCE." Their goal is to bring the city together through the sale of their bracelets to stop the growing violence in Springfield.

Please, donate. Help us reach our $10,000 goal today! Join us in inspiring young people to stay in school, get an education and become successful, hardworking, contributing members of our community.

JA is about changing lives and inspiring youth to succeed. Junior Achievement is 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. I know firsthand that JA can change lives, because it changed mine. I joined JA as a sophomore in high school and by the time I was a senior I was President of my JA Company. JA gave me the confidence and leadership skills I needed to succeed in life. In college I continued to be involved in JA as a Company Program Advisor. And now I have the honor of JA I Springfield, MA the birthplace of JA. Today I see JA changing lives everyday.

Junior Achievement’s 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.

At Junior Achievement, we give young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Our corporate and community volunteers deliver relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

JA programs empower students to make a connection between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world – enhancing the relevance of their classroom learning and increasing their understanding of the value of staying in school.

Last year JA of Western Massachusetts served over 11,000 students in 45 schools across Western Massachusetts, with the help of 320 volunteers, donating nearly 74,000 hours, valued at over $2million of donated time.

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1500 MAIN ST STE 217
PO Box 15167 SPRINGFIELD, MA 01115

(413) 747-7670



Empowering young people to own their economic success!

EIN: 042088304

Reports: Guidestar

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