For over 58 years, as the largest youth business education organization in Canada, Junior Achievement has been inspiring and preparing more than 4 million youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.
Last year alone, more than 243,000 students, in over 400 communities, benefited from Junior Achievement programs. These educational programs were delivered by over 14,500 dedicated volunteers who presented in excess of 232,000 hours of instructional time.
Each day, Junior Achievement staff and volunteers located in our National and 15 Charter offices across Canada work hard toward the attainment of one common goal - to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Results of a study, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, entitled “Making an Impact, Assessing Junior Achievement of Canada’s Value Creation,” would suggest Junior Achievement is over-delivering on all three of its main pillars:
Junior Achievement programs produce more financially literate graduates who save more and borrow less than the average Canadian; and, Junior Achievers themselves believe Junior Achievement to be the driving force behind their heightened financial literacy skills of budgeting, long term planning and investing. The result; more solvent citizens who put a lower burden on the social safety net, provide for their own retirement and are a more active investor base.
Junior Achievement graduates believe that participation in Junior Achievement programs had a significant impact on their desire to stay in school and pursue a post-secondary education, and their ability to get a job and perform at work. As a result, Junior Achievers are better prepared for the workforce. The result; accelerated career tracks, altered trajectories and more skilled employees for employers.
Junior Achievement produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. These future business leaders attribute Junior Achievement as being the catalyst that gave them the ambition to open their own business, and the transformational force that empowered them with the skills and abilities to do so successfully. These new enterprises and net new jobs will drive the economic engine that will create increased prosperity and help close the productivity gap moving forward.
Junior Achievement is the successful link between education and the business world, giving youth the confidence and knowledge they need to define personal success, enhance their workforce readiness and pursue their dreams. Furthermore, Junior Achievement inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions, start companies, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit.
Junior Achievement is making an impact. It’s time to Take a Closer Look!