For over 58 years JA Canada, as the largest youth business education organization in the country, has been inspiring and preparing more than 4 million youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy.
Last year alone, almost 250,000 students, in over 400 communities, benefited from JA programs. These educational programs were delivered by over 14,500 dedicated volunteers who gave 230,000 hours of their time.
Each day, JA staff and volunteers from our National and 17 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 JA is over-delivering on all three of its main pillars:
JA programs produce more financially literate graduates who save more and borrow less than the average Canadian; and, Junior Achievers themselves believe JA 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.
JA graduates believe that participation in JA 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.
JA produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. These future business leaders attribute JA 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.
JA 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, JA inspires youth to make informed, educated and knowledgeable financial decisions, start companies, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit.
JA is making an impact. It’s time to Take a Closer Look!