Ignite Our Impact

A JA Student Needs You Today!



Junior Achievement is set to have its biggest impact yet in Central Maryland—lighting the way for more than 43,000 students to navigate their path to the American dream. But we need your help to finish strong.

That’s why we’ve launched JA’s Ignite Our Impact campaign. Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support a variety of outreach efforts by June 30. No matter what you can afford to give—$25, $100, $500 or more—your contribution will give a young person in Central Maryland the ability to hope—and the chance to succeed.

Your opportunity to inspire the next generation begins now! Please review the options below and make a gift to the project that is most meaningful to you.


Anne Arundel County


JA in a Day - $5,000

Give every student at Linthicum Elementary School the chance to benefit from a valuable series of career readiness and financial literacy lessons delivered by JA volunteer mentors.

Baltimore City


Baltimore City System-Wide Challenge - $65,000

Thirty percent of Baltimore City residents live in poverty. Among those individuals are 40,000 K-12 students with limited opportunities for success. Research shows that 87% of students in poverty do not have any career aspirations and do not realize you can study and work toward a career. To help City students realize the best that life has to offer, Baltimore City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Gregory Thornton, is looking to JA as a valuable resource. Plans are underway to bring JA's real-world career readiness programs to students City-wide. To help make this goal a reality, OneMain Financial has stepped up with a $65,000 capacity-building grant to support JA's expansion in Baltimore City. But we need your help to leverage this gift to ensure that ALL City students can be work-ready. JA and its board of directors is challenging our stakeholders to collectively match OneMain's gift so we can give these young people the financial, economic and workforce education they desperately need for lifelong success.

Entrepreneurship Program - $1,500

Sponsor the newly launched digital version of JA Company Program at a Baltimore City High School. This program gives 20 at-risk high school students the opportunity to experience the realities of entrepreneurship by starting and running their very own business enterprise.

STEM Job Shadow - $1,500

Give 40 students at Benjamin Franklin High School the opportunity to learn about a variety of STEM careers—and the education required for these jobs—at a group job shadow experience held at an area business. During the event, students will hear from company leadership, professionals and HR staff to learn about the demands of today’s workplace.

Baltimore County


Job Shadow Experience - $1,500

Give 25 students at New Town High School the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers—and the education required for these jobs—at a group job shadow experience held at an area business. During the event, students will hear from company leadership, professionals and HR staff to learn about the demands of today’s workplace.

Howard County


Bridges BizTown Visit - $5,000

Help offset the cost for 100 at-risk 5th grade students in the Bridges program to participate in JA BizTown. In this life-like, 10,000-square-foot city, students role play adults for the day—holding jobs, making financial decisions and running the businesses that make the economy work.

Entrepreneurship Program - $1,500

Sponsor the newly launched digital version of JA Company Program for one class at the Applications and Research Lab. This program gives students who are pursuing careers in cybersecurity the opportunity to experience the realities of entrepreneurship. As part of the program, students actually organize and run their very own business enterprise.

Personal Finance Experiences - $2,500

Give 300 students at Hammond High and Wilde Lake High the chance to put their money skills to the test. During this real-life simulation, students will be assigned a career, find out just how much the job pays, and be required to make decisions to stretch their paycheck to cover their living expenses.

Summer Programming


Summer Camp Day for Bernadette’s House - $1,500

Help at-risk middle school students at Bernadette’s House experience a special two-week "business camp" that includes financial education and career exploration using the JA Finance Park Virtual program. During a series of lessons and an online simulation, students will assume a life situation and learn about the concepts of career choices, post-secondary education, budgeting, and work readiness.

Summer Camp Sponsorship for Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women - $7,500

Help support a group of 30 young women experience our JA BIzTown Summer Venture. During this week-long summer camp, students will apply for their dream job, operate a business, hone their money management skills and run an entire city—as a youth. They also will benefit from visits from the Y of Central Maryland’s Fit ‘N Fun van, as well as business plan competition.

Summer Programs for New Horizons - $7,500

Help homeless middle schoolers from the Baltimore area benefit from financial education and career exploration using the JA Finance Park Virtual program. During a series of lessons and an online simulation, students will assume a life situation and learn about the concepts of career choices, post-secondary education, budgeting, and work readiness.

For more information, contact Kaitlin Bowman at 410-753-3293 or kbowman@jamaryland.org.