2021-22 Annual Report

Empowering a New Generation: Fulfilling our purpose


About JA Central Ontario

Rising to new challenges

It’s no surprise to say that the 2021-2022 school year saw many changes, challenges and opportunities. Although students, educators, parents and employers continued to be affected by COVID-19, we were inspired by the hope, optimism and enthusiasm of our entire community this year.

From virtual learning and a 'new normal', to questions about what the future might hold - we continued to empower and support a new generation in this changing world.

Turning Challenges Into Opportunities

This year we launched a new strategic plan – Empowering a New Generation, setting out an ambitious vision to empower youth across our region.

Our Vision

A world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.

Fulfilling our purpose

Fulfilling our purpose is absolutely key to achieving our vision. To do this, we:

  • Adapted our learning experiences and approach to better reach and support students through digital learning. 
  • Continued to innovate, creating a unique experience to inspire hope and optimism in youth in an uncertain world. 
  • Activated our networks in new and exciting ways to build community connections and maximize our impact for students.

of JA Company Program students gain real-life experience that will help them in pursuing future opportunities*

of Economics for Success students are confident they have the skills to plan the future they want**

of teachers agree that JA supports key learning outcomes aligned with school curriculum***

*JA Central Ontario Company Program survey, Openly, 2022

** JA Economics for Success survey, Crestview, 2021

*** JA Central Ontario programs survey, 2021-2022

Chris Manning and Jennifer Holmes Weier 2

A Message from the Chair of our Board of Directors and our President and CEO

The world is changing – and fast. After two years of a global pandemic, social transformations and economic uncertainty, young people across Central Ontario are looking ahead to a future that is full of opportunity and hope.