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Experiences

Building a wide range of skills
and nurturing self-belief

Grades 9 to 12

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JA Central Ontario prepares youth for life, for meaningful work, and for an opportunity to do good in the world. We help young people go from saying ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ through our immersive, digitally-enabled learning experiences. 

Students learn practical skills like budgeting, saving and starting a business - but they also learn adaptability, creativity, problem-solving and a host of interpersonal tools too. They also meet industry experts and mentors - adult allies who can help them envision their future.

We’re all about skill building – minus sleeping through the boring parts. Because with JA, there are no boring parts.

Ideation Bootcamp

PITCH YOUR VISION

GRADES 9 TO 12

Students will develop and test new business ideas in an environment that celebrates creativity and innovation.

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today’s society and economy
  • Develop the mindset and skillset needed to be an entrepreneur
  • Generate, develop and pitch an innovative idea, and evaluate the feasibility and competitiveness of a new venture
  • Discover the risks and rewards of starting a business
Personal Finance

PERSONAL FINANCE

GRADES 9 TO 12

Students will develop money management skills in spending, budgeting, saving and using credit that will set them up for success in their careers and future finances.

Students will:

  • Understand the importance of emergency savings funds
  • Create a monthly budget
  • Make informed decisions about credit cards and loans
  • Learn how to recognize potential risks to personal finances
Investment Strategies Program

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES PROGRAM

GRADES 9 TO 12

Students will learn how to apply critical investing principles and experience real-world trading on the stock market through a simulation that uses live data from North American stock markets.

Students will:

  • Understand the pros and cons of different investments
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various securities
  • Compete against other Canadian teams in an online stock market simulation
Titan

Titan

GRADES 9 TO 12

Students will learn how to create and run a sustainable and successful business using a virtual simulation. As the CEO of their company, they must create a business strategy and succeed in a highly competitive industry.

Students will:

  • Make critical production, staffing and capital investment decisions
  • Solve marketing and pricing challenges
  • Create and achieve business goals
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“I don’t think I would have had half the confidence in running my own business if it weren’t for JA. I’ve applied real skills I’ve learned from the program- like drop shipping- into my business, and used the soft skills I’ve gained such as public speaking to grow my brand.”

SANJANA, JA COMPANY PROGRAM STUDENT

Company program

COMPANY PROGRAM

Grade 9-12

Students will learn how to manage a business from start to finish – from developing a business plan to producing a product and assessing profits. They will interact with customers and investors, handle money and meet deadlines.

Students will:

  • Gain hands-on enterprise experience
  • Learn how to work as a team
  • experience real-world problem solving
  • Navigate innovation processes and design thinking

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