Junior Achievement

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"July 1, 2004 - JA Worldwide® is officially established, resulting from the merger of Junior Achievement Inc. and Junior Achievement International. January 2008 - Sean Rush becomes the organization’s 17th president and CEO." [1]

Early History

"August 1916 - The Eastern States Agricultural and Industrial Exposition in Springfield, Mass. hosts a conference of 300 agricultural and business leaders. The goal of their meeting is to work on the general advancement of activities for boys and girls. Several committees, including the Boys’ and Girls’ Bureau, are formed to raise funds for implementing solutions.

"1919 - Despite World War I, the Boys’ and Girls’ Bureau, headed by Theodore N. Vail, president of AT&T, moves ahead. Its 22 committee members raise a $250,000 and hire Mr. O. H. Benson who previously worked to establish 4-H clubs in Ohio.

"February 27, 1920 - The committee changes its name to the Junior Achievement Bureau.

"October 1920 - Horace A. Moses, president of the [[Strathmore Paper Company, becomes chairman of the Junior Achievement Bureau. He goes onto serve in this capacity for 27 years. " [2]

See Junior Achievement: A History By Joe Francomano and Wayne & Darryl Lavitt.


Accessed June 2012: [3]


Web: http://www.ja.org

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Junior Achievement History, organizational web page, accessed June 23, 2012.
  2. Junior Achievement [hhttp://www.ja.org/about/about_history.shtml About history], organizational web page, accessed June 23, 2012.
  3. Junior Achievement Board, organizational web page, accessed June 23, 2012.