For over 55 years, as the largest youth education organization in Canada, JA has been inspiring and preparing more than 2.7M youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. Last year alone, over 216,000 students in 400+ communities benefited from JA programs that were delivered by more than 13,000 dedicated business mentors who collectively presented in excess of 1.4M hours of instructional time. But for all of its success, it was not until recently that JA Canada realized the true value of its impact
Making an Impact, Assessing Junior Achievement of Canadaâ€™s Value Creation, a report conducted and released by the Boston Consulting Group, concludes JA has over-delivered on all three of its main pillars.
Financial Literacy: JA produces financially literate graduates that save more, borrow less and enjoy increased prosperity. A majority of JA alumni (over 75%) credit the organization as being the driving force behind their financial literacy and decision making skills, analytical abilities and business sense.
Work Readiness: JA graduates are better prepared for the workforce, resulting in accelerated career tracks, altered trajectories and more skilled employees for employers. A majority of alumni cite their participation in JA as providing a significant impact on their ability to get a job, perform on the job and attain increased incomes â€“ 50% higher on average.
Entrepreneurship: JA also produces graduates who are more likely to become entrepreneurs, create jobs and power our economy. Alumni attribute JA as being the catalyst that gave them the confidence and ambition to open their own businesses and transform their lives.
When asked what he hopes to bring to the role Jim noted: â€œWith over a decade of senior leadership experience, an in-depth understanding of regional differences and an intrinsic desire to make a meaningful difference, itâ€™s a challenge I look forward to tackling. Most of all, just like at Xerox, I intend to keep it fast, focused, flexible and perhaps most of allâ€¦ fun. Xerox and JA have a lot more in common that people might think.â€
Jim Doherty, Chair, Junior Achievement of Canada, Board of Directors