JA Central Ontario’s Statement on Racial Equality

For over 100 years, JA has been preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship, equipping youth with the skills and mindset they need to succeed. Operating in over 115 countries on six continents, the JA network is locally operated and involves young people and role models from all backgrounds.

Given the diversity of our global network and of the 50,000+ Central Ontario students we serve each year, we want to acknowledge and reject racial oppression, violence and discrimination faced by Black and Indigenous people, and communities of color.

In this defining moment, JA Central Ontario stands shoulder to shoulder with the individuals, communities, organizations, and countries working toward racial equality. We understand that we must continue to learn and work together to be part of the solution to racial inequality and injustice.

These are our commitments:

    • We will include Black, Indigenous and People of Colour when selecting role models for the youth we serve, ensuring that young people from all backgrounds see themselves in JA volunteers, mentors and staff

    • As we continue to share the JA story, we will work to include the voices and experiences of Black and Indigenous People and People of Color in our network

    • We will seek to ensure JA staff and Boards mirror the community and geography we serve

    JA Central Ontario’s core value is our belief in the boundless potential of young people. Year after year, JA students never fail to inspire us, and it is our privilege to educate a generation that is using its voice to make the world more equitable, ethical, and just. We will continue not only to empower young people with the skills to build sustainable movements but also to help them to envision a better world.

    About JA Central Ontario
    Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA Central Ontario empowers young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Since 1968, schools in Central Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. 

    JA Central Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.