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