About JANJ - 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, The 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. In the last 25 years, Junior Achievement has gradually expanded its activities and broadened its scope to encompass an ever-widening student population.
Junior Achievement has been in existence in NJ since 1953 when JA opened its first office in Newark, NJ. JA opened satellite offices in Elizabeth in 1957, Camden in1965, and Princeton in 1985. In February 2001, four Junior Achievement operations across the State of NJ merged to become one statewide operation. The four offices that merged were: JA of Union County (Elizabeth), JA of Southern NJ (Camden), JA of Central NJ (Princeton), and JA of Northern NJ (Newark).
The consolidation was designed to create more opportunities in key areas and effectively reach more kids throughout the state. Benefits to the merger included:
- Providing an opportunity to bring together all the great ideas and initiatives that the separate offices had in the past.
- Creating new opportunities to connect more of the business community with schools throughout NJ.
- Reaching more kids effectively and efficiently throughout NJ.
- Strengthening the operations of the district offices.
This was the first time in the 87 year history of Junior Achievement Worldwide that separate JA offices consolidated into one statewide operation. The move was designed to better position Junior Achievement to reach more students, volunteers and potential business partners.