Junior Achievement of Western MA

JA programs focus on business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethic/character, financial literacy, and career development.

Founded in Springfield, MA in 1919 by Horace Moses from Strathmore Paper, Theodore Vail from AT&T, and Sen. Murray Crane from Crane Paper to prepare children to succeed in the changing economy (from agrarian-based to manufacturing-based). Over one-half million young people in Western Massachusetts have participated in JA programs in the past 90 years. Last year, more than 12,000 local youth participated in a JA program. JAWM is part of JA Worldwide, which reaches over 9.25 million students in 125 franchises throughout the United States and 97 other countries.

JA programs focus on business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethic/character, financial literacy, and career development.

Mission: Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA provides children from grades K-12 with real life lessons. It teaches about the world of work, about business, about community and about financial literacy. JA's volunteers from business and the community serve as role models who inspire students to stay in school, work toward a successful career and achieve their goals.

Shout-out to Monson Savings for their continued support of JA’s first social distancing golf event means over 60 students will have JA programs.


Tee off for Junior Achievement at a social-distancing golf tournament

It's not to late to register for our "social distancing" golf tournament tomorrow! Jennifer was on Mass Appeal on WWLP today talking about what you can expect. Watch here!

wwlp.com (Mass Appeal) – The 22nd Annual Golf Tournament for Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts will look a little different this year to keep everyone safe. As Jennifer Connolly explains, th…


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Shout-out to Bob Supernaut, we appreciate your sponsorship for our golf tournament!

Shout to Erik J. Skar for his continued support of JA by not only golfing but having a great day while helping students!


Why Entrepreneurship Now - A Virtual Event for America's Teens

Did you miss the "Why Entrepreneurship Now?" virtual event featuring Mark Cuban last week? Not to worry, you can watch now!

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A huge THANK YOU to Sandri Energy for continuing to support JA of Western MA during these challenging times. This sponsorship will help JAWM to provide programs for 450 students!

Northwestern Mutual - Hartford, we are grateful for your support in raising funds to provide JA programs to over 60 kids.

CANCELLATION ANNOUNCEMENT: Our Purse Bingo event, which was rescheduled from March 14th to June 20th, has been cancelled. Please contact Nicole Fregeau at [email protected] with any questions.


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This is a reminder to check out our online auction and raffle. There are many chances to win great prizes for all ages! The website will close on June 5th at 3 PM. Use the link below to take a look at the auction website:


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Joseph Freedman Co., Inc., we are grateful for your support in raising funds to provide JA programs to over 60 kids!

A reminder that you do not have to attend the JA Annual Golf tournament this year to participate in the raffle or auction. So don't forget to buy your raffle tickets!

Raffle tickets are $5 and are unlimited.
There are prizes for all ages.
The auction items start at $25.


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Kudos to all the graduates of the Class of 2020, especially those who participated in our many programs over their school careers. We know your senior year didn’t end the way you’d planned, but we admire your resilience in the face of adversity. May this experience serve you well as you continue to achieve, learn and grow.

We are so grateful for the continued support of Amanda Garcia LLC Thank you for being a sponsor for our first social distancing golf tournament!

Many thanks to Easthampton Savings Bank, Banking & Loan Center. We appreciate your support. Learn more about lending, investment, personal and business financial services by going on https://www.bankesb.com.

Thank you, The Polish National Credit Union! We are grateful for your support and we are so excited to have some fun on the golf course.


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Join us for a first of its kind golf tournament for the new social distancing world! Players are required to wear masks in common areas, each player will have their own cart, flags will remain in the holes and the silent auction will be conducted via an app. Sponsorships available. Register today for a safe day of golf, prizes and friendly competition, all for a great cause jawm.org/annual-golf-tournament

Thank you TD Bank for donating this beautiful basket for all of our pet lovers to have the chance to win!
If you want to win this basket, join in on our online raffle here: https://qtego.net/qlink/jawestma#silent-auction
The online raffle closes June 5, 2020 so hurry!


VSS | Work Hard. Do Well.

Shout Out to VSS CNC Machining as they support JA by not only golfing but having a great day while helping students!

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Why Entrepreneurship Now - A Virtual Event for America's Teens

I got a note from a longtime JA Educator, who tuned into the JA Virtual Town Hall discussion yesterday with Mark Cuban and Brian Hamilton

Thank you so much for inviting my kids to today's virtual event! It was awesome and I can't wait to talk with my classes about it!! We love your events!!

If you missed it live yesterday, you can see it at


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Looking for something to do in quarantine? You have the chance to win some awesome outdoor games and prizes! Join in on our Online Auction and Raffle at qtego.net/qlink/jawestma.
Raffle tickets are $5 each and are unlimited!!

Join in on our 22nd Annual JA of Western Mass Golf Tournament Raffle Contest! We are hosting this raffle through an online bidding program so you do not have to be present to participate. If you like these baskets give us a thumbs up and make sure to join us on Friday, June 5th! Click link below for more details.

JA is excited to partner with the Brian Hamilton Foundation for this Virtual Event for America’s teens featuring entrepreneur and JA Alumnus Mark Cuban! Happening TODAY at 3 PM. Don't miss out! Register here: bit.ly/2X4kifc

We give thanks to Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.. for their continued support. Learn more about simple, safe financial solutions by visiting https://www.cambridge-credit.org.


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We give thanks to Alden Credit Union for their continued support. Learn more about banking with no boundaries by visiting https://www.aldencu.com.

Looking for something to keep you entertained during quarantine? Join us at our 22nd Annual JA of Western Mass Golf Tournament and get the chance to win prizes such as board games, books, movies, and much more!

If you are not interested in golfing, you can still bid on gift baskets and buy raffle tickets here: https://qtego.net/qlink/jawestma

Thank you to Collins Pipe & Supply for sponsoring our social distancing golf tournament! Your donation will provide 150 students with JA programming.





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Today we honor those who have given their lives serving our country. Learn more about the history of this important holiday.

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We are so grateful for the continued support of Savage Arms. Thank you for being a sponsor for our first social distancing golf tournament!

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1500 Main St, Suite 217, PO Box 15167
Springfield, MA

General information

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts is dedicated to providing economic education and financial literacy programs to the youth of Western Massachusetts and Vermont.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
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