History Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program,  was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the  introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 30 years, JA has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students. JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work  readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs  help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to  create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.  Students put these lessons into action, and help strengthen their communities. JA Worldwide’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Our Values • Belief in the potential of young people. • Commitment to the principles of entrepreneurship. • Passion for what we do and excellence in how we do it. • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration. • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of hands-on learning. Click here to view a Ross County Junior Achievement Brochure.