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JA Central Ontario inspires over 3,000 young futures in Milton


Expert in-class and online financial literacy programs were delivered to over 3,000 Milton students over two years, helping them succeed in a changing economy.


Two years ago, Junior Achievement (JA) Central Ontario received a two-year, $122,900 Grow grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that was focused on delivering financial literacy programs for Grade 7 to Grade 9 Milton-area students. JA Central Ontario’s program reached 3,220 students and involved 68 in-class programs.

“This two-year, $122,900 Grow grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation to JA Central Ontario is a tremendous opportunity for the children and families in Milton,” said Parm Gill, MPP for Milton. “With this funding, JA Central Ontario’s work to deliver 68 in-class financial literacy programs is making a positive difference in the lives of 3,220 students in our community.”

The grant was used to expand the development, promotion and reach of three important programs:  Dollars with Sense (Grade 7), Economics for Success (Grade 8) and Personal Finance (Grade 9).

This outreach was delivered by volunteers from the charity’s corporate partners and local networks, who visited Milton schools to deliver the programs in person. These in-class programs focused on helping students develop personal money management skills and preparing themselves to enter the workforce. Students were taught important life skills – from budgeting and saving to developing strategies to achieve educational and career goals.

During the two-year partnership, OTF and JA Central Ontario also delivered a large-scale educational event at the Milton Velodrome in 2019. This Financial Literacy Day brought four schools together, giving 434 students the opportunity to learn personal finance skills and hear from 27 volunteer career mentors from the local area.

“We were delighted to work with OTF to deliver this vital programing to Milton students,” said Jane Eisbrenner, President and CEO, JA Central Ontario. “These programs are now more important than ever, as youth face an uncertain future and changing job market. We are thrilled to be able to reach such high numbers of students, despite the challenges faced in delivering in-person programs in 2020.”
Students celebrating financial literacy month

Adapting to a changing world

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was not possible to continue in-person programming after March 2020. JA Central Ontario pivoted from its traditional approach, instead reaching out to Milton youth through an online learning platform, ensuring that teachers and students had access via a new digital campus.

JA Central Ontario is grateful for OTF’s continued support and belief in our mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a changed global economy. JA Central Ontario is a charity dedicated to inspiring and preparing the next generation to succeed in a changing economy.

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.

About The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.