Helping SouthCoast Students Understand Finances

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Massachusetts is a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy. JA was formed in New Bedford in 1948. The New Bedford chapter later merged with Taunton, Fall River, and Attleboro chapters in 1999 to become Junior Achievement of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Regional Education Director Marlaina Trepanier stopped by town square sunday this week to discuss what JA does and how the community can get involved.

Trepanier said Junior Achievement volunteers returned to area classrooms this year, after delivering virtual classes last year because of COVID-19.

JA works in partnership with many school districts in our area, sending volunteers from the business community or JA alumni to local schools for free. These volunteers use age-appropriate lessons on business and economics to help students prepare for the future. There are also after school sessions.

Photo courtesy of Junior Achievement

Photo courtesy of Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Massachusetts is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the oldest and largest economic education organization with over 100 years of experience.

JA is always looking for volunteers and sponsors. You can get involved by visiting the organization’s website at

Trépanier’s interview can be listened to here:

town square sunday is a one-hour public affairs program heard every Sunday morning at 6 and 11 a.m. on 1420 WBSM. The program shines a light on individuals and nonprofit organizations working to make the South Coast a better place to live and work.

if you would like your organization to be listed on town square sunday please email the host at [email protected]

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