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Annual Report

2015 -2016

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The volunteers in my class were both truly positive and I love how inspiring they both are. I will continue in school and try my best to build success in my life. Thank you so much for putting your time into teaching me and my classmates so much about school and life

- Economics for Success student



JA Southern Alberta

JA Southern Alberta is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1960, schools have relied on JA Southern Alberta to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. In 2016, over 27,000 students benefited from JA programs, delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities who bring their real-life experience into the classroom. JA programs focus on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

JA Southern Alberta delivers programs to 8 regions. To see the communities we reach, go to our Regions Page.

It was fulfilling, that in a small way you can give back to community and make a difference using your existing skills and knowledge. Being outside of my comfort zone and day to day environment gives me a new perspective and outlook - Economics for Success Volunteer

With Your Help, We Achieved These Goals

blue-right-arrow-iconLaunched renewed versions of Our Business World, Dollars With Sense, and Economics for Success in 7 regions. Calgary introduced the renewed Our Business World and Economics for Success programs.
blue-right-arrow-iconPiloted the Indigenous Financial Literacy Programs, including Our Business World, Economics For Success, and Business Program in Treaty Seven schools.
blue-right-arrow-iconContinued the expansion of the Entrepreneurial Artist program, teaching fine and performing arts students business skills.
blue-right-arrow-iconPiloted the Entrepreneurial Trades program in Calgary, exposing construction trades students to the business side of their skilled trade.


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

cassidy-robertson-calgary-junior-achievement-alumniI 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

I learned that working together as a team and putting in effort will cause a momentum to move a lot faster - Indigenous Business Program student


We extend our sincere thanks to our corporate, foundation, individual, and government donors in helping us raise 2.13 million dollars to support JA programming this year. Your contributions helped us reach students with higher quality, more technologically relevant programs.

To see a full list of our donors, go to our Donor page.

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