Who is Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia?

JA Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas.

For every $1 invested into JA programs, $45 is created in economic prosperity.

JA’s Values

Values are fundamental principles and beliefs that serve as implicit criteria guiding all actions and decision-making. JA’s value set, which by definition are shared by all JA countries, are:

Junior Achievement has offered many opportunities to me that I could have never imagined! The staff and volunteers are so kind and encouraging. I learned so much through Company Program that I can apply to my everyday life and future career. I love that Junior Achievement gave us the freedom to explore every detail and inner workings of a business.
— Alexa B., JA Alumni
  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people

  • Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship

  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it

  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives and backgrounds of all individuals

  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration

JA’s Mission / Core Purpose

The mission statement is an articulation of JA’s core purpose:
To inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy.


JA’s Vision in Canada

The vision statement succinctly articulates JA’s desired future state, which is:

To be recognized by Canadian businesses, educators, and policymakers as the premier organization for inspiring and preparing young people to become successful, contributing members of the global society, and for uniting people around the common goals of creating jobs, building stable economies, and providing higher standards of living.     

JA’s Pillars

JA’s Purpose and Vision are anchored to three “pillars:” Financial Literacy, Workplace Readiness, and Entrepreneurship. Each pillar is defined below.

Financial literacy
In our financial literacy programs, students learn how to create and manage wealth. They develop real-world skills that they can apply to their lives immediately – such as budgeting, investing and aligning their financial choices with their goals.

Workplace readiness
JA inspires students to stay in school and prepares them to succeed in tomorrow’s jobs. Through our programs, students learn how to translate their interests and skills into successful careers. They also develop practical job skills in such as interviewing, communications and critical thinking.

Through our entrepreneurship programs, students gain firsthand experience in running a business. They work with mentors from their local business communities to create strategies and manage companies. Many business leaders cite JA’s Company Program as the catalyst that gave them the ambition to launch a business and the skills to do so successfully.

The skills taught from Junior Achievement aren’t solely used for owning a business - they can be used on a day to day basis. Innovation, teamwork, and communication are all skills that Junior Achievement helps students hone, and with that, myself and other students across the world will be successful in whatever we may do in the future.
— Lori A., JA Alumni

Organizational Objectives

  • Develop a skilled and talented workforce

  • Motivate a generation of responsible citizens

  • Secure our future economic prosperity

  • Ensure Canada’s competitiveness in a global market

  • Build vibrant and healthy communities




Our Value Proposition

  • Achievers are 25% less likely to be unemployed

  • Achievers are three times more likely to plan for their future

  • Achievers are three times more likely to be managers than their peers

  • Achievers are twice as likely to study and work in business

  • Achievers are 50% more likely to open their own business

Statistics Credit: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Contribution to Economy and Alignment with Community Priorities:

  • Delivering excellence in entrepreneurial and financial literacy education

  • Addressing curriculum gaps with career reflection and financial literacy programs

  • Encouraging labour attachment and bringing labour market information into the classroom

  • Addressing youth unemployment and encouraging post-secondary education

  • Contributing to overall economic prosperity by producing more financially literate graduates with accelerating leadership potential

Charitable Registration No. 10755 4271 RR0001

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2018 LEAD Conference  Rebecca Clarke Emotive Photography, rebeccaclarke.ca

2018 LEAD Conference
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2019 Catherine Colson Memorial Scholarhip Recipient: Zoe Morgan  Rebecca Clarke Emotive Photography, rebeccaclarke.ca

2019 Catherine Colson Memorial Scholarhip Recipient: Zoe Morgan
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2019 Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame  Rebecca Clarke Emotive Photography, rebeccaclarke.ca

2019 Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame
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Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia  |  201-1223 Lower Water Street
Halifax, NS | B3J 3S8
T. 902.454.4564  |  F. 902.454.4514  |  info@janovascotia.ca