100 years of developing young entrepreneurs

Junior Achievement (JA) is celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary, and to mark this milestone JA in the area of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach honoured Birchview Dunes Public School in Wasaga Beach and Admiral Public School in Collingwood. They were recognized for their commitment to their students by registering classes with JA every year over the past 5 years. JA is the global leader in providing cutting edge, hands on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness education. It emphasizes the relevancy of education, bridging the gap between what the students are learning in school and how it can be applied in the real world.

JA programs inspire students to understand their potential, set life goals and succeed at school and in business. They accomplish this by partnering with teachers and dedicated volunteers who bring the “real world” into the classroom. Their programs are based on three pillars:

Financial Literacy – JA empowers students to make smart, lifelong financial choices. Through our financial literacy programs, students learn how to create and manage wealth. They develop skills in areas such as budgeting, investing and creating financial plans.

Work Readiness – Achievers are more likely to stay in school and earn more than students who don’t participate in our programs. Our work readiness programs give students invaluable career-building skills that they can use throughout their lives. Students learn how to communicate, network, interview for jobs and collaborate with diverse groups of people to achieve common goals.

Entrepreneurship – JA inspires youth to start their own businesses, create jobs and contribute to the Canadian economy. In our entrepreneurship programs, students gain first-hand experience in running a successful business. They learn how to create business plans, innovate, manage teams and take a new product to market.    

Through the delivery of experiential learning in these areas, we help students shape their futures and achieve success. Volunteers from the local business community work in collaboration with classroom teachers. They use a variety of learning methods in our programs – including hands-on activities, classroom discussions and e-learning. They also share their personal experiences to help students see how these lessons apply to the real world. This engages students, so they can retain and use the knowledge long after the program ends. Students leave programs feeling inspired, ready to make a positive difference in their communities and confident in their abilities.

Programs are sponsored by local business and service clubs including: Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach, Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay, Canadian Tire Wasaga Beach, Wasaga Beach Mayor Council, Saunders Book Company, Enterprise Centre and Financial Centres.

For more information please go to their website: www.jacanada.org/plm or contact Cameron White, Junior Achievement Area Manager Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka by email: cwhite.muskoka@ja-plm.ca, or phone:
705-788-7800.