About JA

“JA gave me the foundation to understand basic business principles that have proven to be valuable tools in my profession. My JA experiences also helped build my self confidence and encouraged me to push myself further.” —JA of Central Maryland alumnus

Junior Achievement

inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy.

Read the news for an hour and you will find a consistent theme: economic and workplace change is happening at a scale never experienced before. At the same time, our children are ill- prepared to enter college and the workforce.

But JA is turning the tide and helping young people face the challenges of the real world. JA is the largest organization 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. Junior Achievement’s kindergarten through grade 12 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.

Who makes Junior Achievement work?

Junior Achievement works thanks to a collaborative effort between JA volunteers, donors, educators, and staff. Each plays an integral part in fostering student success and helping young people thrive in our rapidly changing world.

JA volunteers bring real-world experience and relationships to the table. When we say JA serves more than 43,000 students around Maryland, it’s because our volunteers can help us reach that far.
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JA donors make our programs possible. Without their contributions JA could not meet the growing demand for our high-impact programs.
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JA educators have a clear vision for the future success of their students, and they rely on JA to help them achieve that vision. By bringing JA to the table, our educators are the linchpins in serving students and school systems.

Sam Hodapp
Regional Director - Baltimore City & Archdiocese
Email - 410-363-6495

Hina Naseem
Regional Director - Howard, Anne Arundel, & Frederick Counties
Email - 410-363-6403

Lene McCollum
Regional Manager - Baltimore County & Outlying Counties
Email - 410-753-3286

JA staff have the joy and honor of watching our young people become prepared for college and careers. Our staff helps our volunteers, donors, and educators do their work as we all look forward to a brighter future.
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