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JA Central Ontario and Yonge Street Mission Spark Innovation in ‘Fish Tank’ Collaboration!

JA Central Ontario’s strategic outreach is in action, championing equitable access to transformative learning experiences.

The recent ‘Fish Tank’ event, a collaborative effort between JA Central Ontario and Yonge Street Mission (YSM), is a great example of our commitment to empowering underserved communities.

Over three PA days, 60 grades 3–8 students engaged in JA’s More Than Money program, developing entrepreneurial skills. The students developed their very own business ideas and learnt how to think like entrepreneurs. Culminating in a pitch day, the dynamic presentations gave them an opportunity to share their newfound knowledge.

Jennifer Holmes Weier, President and CEO, expressed, “We were thrilled to work with YSM to empower students with real-life skills that unlock their true potential – as future entrepreneurs, changemakers and community leaders.” 

Explore the visual journey of the students’ innovative presentations – an inspiring testament to their entrepreneurial spirit and creativity.

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About JA Central Ontario

JA Central Ontario envisions a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. They want to make sure all young people are economically empowered with the skills, confidence and networks to shape the future.

As a youth-centred charity, JA Central Ontario works together with a dedicated network of volunteers, partners and educators to deliver immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship and more. JA students benefit from mentorship and real-world experiences, transforming their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations as they build their futures.

JA Central Ontario impacts students in Halton, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham and Simcoe regions. They are part of one of the world’s most-impactful youth-serving social good organizations – JA Worldwide – and they work closely with our national network, JA Canada.