Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in
a global economy.

Through JA Central Ontario experiences, young people gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to realize the opportunities, and realities, of work, school, and life.

Collaborating with the JA network of corporate partners, volunteers and teachers, our experiences fuel students’ dreams, bolster their potential, and create the foundation for the economy and society of tomorrow.

Our Impact

of students
said they learned something new by participating in a JA experience*


of teachers
agree that JA programs are a valuable learning experience*


of volunteers
see JA experiences having a positive impact on students*

JA Alumni are more likely to open their own business.

to open their own business which leads to innovation, new jobs and wealth creation. *

JA Alumni are 3X more likely to hold senior and middle management positions in the organizations.

to hold senior and middle management positions in their respective organizations. *

JA Alumni earn 50% more on average.

than those who do not benefit from a JA program.

* Boston Consulting Group 2011 Impact Report

*Data from JA Central Ontario’s 2020-21 virtual in-class program student, teacher and volunteer surveys

Get Involved

Our work is made possible by the incredible people who make our region a place for businesses and families to thrive. You are teachers, parents, supporters and role models. No matter what your role, you can contribute in a meaningful way.

Find out how:

Self-employment is the only solution to this economic crisis and we estimate that one in five Canadians will be their own boss in ten years. Canada needs more entrepreneurs and JA Central Ontario is uniquely positioned to grow and support them.

Benjamin Tal
Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC World Markets

Our Top Corporate Partners