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September 21, 2022

Company Program registration opens!

Start to dream. Start to connect. Start a community. Start a business. START HERE. Ever wondered what it would feel like to see your dreams come to life? JA Company Program empowers young people in grades 9-12 with the skills, connections and confidence to build something incredible. Join a group of students and expert mentors…
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August 12, 2022

JA Central Ontario: Start Here

Imagine a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. This is the world we are building here at JA Central Ontario. But what exactly does that mean? It means young people are economically empowered with the skills, confidence and networks to shape their future in a way that…
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August 12, 2022

Meet the winner of our latest 2022 Spring Investment Strategies Program

Owen from Port Perry High School was the overall winner of the 2022 Spring Investment Strategies Program run by JA Canada. We’re pleased to announce that Owen, a JA Central Ontario student has won JA’s latest Spring Investment Strategies Program (ISP) - a Canada-wide investment experience for high school students with 47 other schools competing. Along with all…
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Student Impact

JA prepares young people for the future by nurturing self-belief and empowering them with a wide range of skills to succeed in the global economy and build thriving communities. Through learning experiences supported by dedicated teachers and volunteers, students are equipped for the future of work, taught how to think entrepreneurially and given the tools to be financially capable adults.

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  • 88% of JA Company Program students gain real-life experience that will help them in pursuing future opportunities*
  • 83% of Economics for Success students are confident they have the skills to plan the future they want**
  • 91% of students learnt something new through a JA experience ***
  • 98% of teachers agree that JA supports key learning outcomes aligned with school curriculum***
  • 88% of teachers say that JA has had a positive impact on students ***

*JA Company Program survey, Openly, 2022 ** JA Economics for Success survey, Crestview, 2021 *** JA programs survey, 2022

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“This online course really helped us understand about ourselves and learn (the) different things we need to move forward.”

JA COMPANY STUDENT, GRADE 8

“The program was very informative and I learned much more than I thought I would.”

JA COMPANY STUDENT, GRADE 8

“This program gave me a better understanding on (sic) how to reach my goals and the way I should act and follow the steps to get there.”

JA COMPANY PROGRAM STUDENT

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Volunteer Impact

In a shifting economy and changing world, young people need even more support as they plan for an uncertain future. Our inspiring volunteers dedicate their time and skills to empower students, mentor life-long skills, and inspire them to reach their goals. Volunteering is empathy in action, and our JA volunteers find reward and purpose knowing that by sharing their time, expertise and experience, they are directly helping a student find their path and journey to their future.

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“As a volunteer, the best thing we can do is listen to our students, match them with passionate and skilled mentors, hold our students to high standards and let the magic happen.”

LARRY CHAN, COMPANY PROGRAM ADVISOR

“JA Central Ontario students have the opportunity to learn skills that will empower them in their future careers, and I enjoy being part of that.”

ADEJISOLA ATIBA, IN-CLASS VOLUNTEER

“JA Central Ontario has the reach, reputation and programs to teach these important skills to a large number of students, and I’m proud to be part of that.”

PATTY PESTELL, CORPORATE COORDINATOR AND IN-CLASS VOLUNTEER

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Teacher Impact

Teachers provide power and opportunity to their students. Through day-to-day interaction, they are a constant motivator and can shape a student’s life and career path in positive and life-changing ways. Our teacher-led learning experiences give teachers the resources, support and flexibility to run impactful programming within their own classrooms. Through these programs teachers open doors to their students and facilitate future financial independence, employment, and entrepreneurship.

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“After participating in the program, one of my students started his own business. He used a 3D printer to create nose clips and is selling them by networking! I highly endorse this program and will definitely use it again.”

TEACHER, CHRIST THE KING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

“JA’s portfolio of practical, student-centered programming continues to be an integral part of my practice. Thank you to everyone at JA who works so diligently to support our students!”

NELSON DAMASO, BUSINESS DEPARTMENT HEAD, JOHN CABOT CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL

“My students really enjoyed learning about the different currencies, understanding the difference between the different forms of payment, and learning about the importance of a good credit score.”

TEACHER, GRADE 7