Volunteers and donors alike make it possible for JA Southern Alberta to deliver financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs to students from grades 5 - 12.
JA programs are provided free of charge. Learn more about our offerings by going to our Programs page.
JA creates an annual return of $45 for every $1 spent, in terms of societal prosperity by helping youth stay in school, encouraging new businesses, and providing youth with valuable skills they need to participate and succeed in a global economy ... that's $103,950,000 in southern Alberta this year!
Achiever's In Action
I think a lot of kids are born with an entrepreneurial mindset. We are always asking why and trying to find crafty solutions to our problems. Having an inquisitive and entrepreneurial spirit allowed me to see things in a different light growing up.
As much as I love formal education, it’s just not something that comes naturally to me. I was always the student that had to retake tests or courses. I wasn’t lazy, but I still had low grades. If Junior Achievement (JA) wasn’t around when I was 15 years old, I’d probably still be struggling through some traditional classes.
I found that I was learning more in JA’s Company Program than I was in the classroom. Meeting 15 peers every week to work together to start, operate, and eventually liquidate a business excited me. I knew I always wanted to make a difference through commerce, but it never really occurred to me that I can start making an impact now. The more JA exposed me to, the more I realized that I can be taken seriously.
After completing Company Program, I challenged companies to temporarily hire me for an opportunity to learn and work with new mentors. I was willing to work for a bus pass. I completed a hand full of internships and worked tirelessly, always leading with my enthusiasm and resourcefulness. The hard work paid off and in 2014 I was named one of Canada’s top 10 entrepreneurs under 24.
With the internship experience under my belt, it was time for me to get tangible skills. I wanted to join other entrepreneurs in action. I enrolled in, and graduated from, New York’s Flatiron School’s intensive coding program for web development, on a scholarship I earned in Company Program. Now I have skills that are landing me job offers on incredible teams across the continent.
Junior Achievement has shown me that I really can shape the world we live in.
- Cassidy Robertson, Company Program Alumnus