Be Entrepreneurial

Imagining a Business Venture while Still in School

Securing traditional jobs is becoming increasingly difficult for youth. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 is more than double that of the overall Canadian unemployment rate.

In this challenging job market, entrepreneurs are the key to job growth. Many Canadian youth have the passion to launch their own businesses to create jobs for themselves and others. However, the skills that young people need to run businesses aren't taught in most schools.

JA's Be Entrepreneurial program inspires grade 10-12 students to imagine a business venture while still in school. 

Volunteers from the local business community partner with classroom teachers to ignite students' entrepreneurial spirit and help them create business plans.

Calgary & Area
Grades 10-12
1 hour
(1 class period)

See New Opportunities and Start Businesses

In this interactive, in-class program students will:

  • Receive an introduction to entrepreneurship
  • Understand why planning is key to starting a business
  • Identify products or services they can take to market
  • Determine their competitive advantage and define a target market
  • Lay the foundation for a venture and develop a business strategy
  • Learn what resources are available to help them move forward with their entrepreneurial dreams

By the end of Be Entrepreneurial, students will have created their own business plan. They will inspire them to see new opportunities, innovate and start businesses.

Teacher Info


  • We request at least 1 hour or 1 class period of time in class
  • Registration is required at least 6 weeks before your preferred date (some exceptions may apply)
  • JA volunteers are guest speakers, classroom supervision is required


  • Students learn from business leaders in the community
  • Volunteers share real-life stories and experiences, making learning engaging and memorable
  • Students develop confidence, leadership and critical thinking skills

Volunteer Info


  • One-time volunteer commitment, or volunteer on as many occasions as you like
  • Program training


  • A teacher will be present to help with classroom management
  • Volunteer solo, with a friend or with another JA volunteer


  • New volunteers participate in a training session
  • For corporate volunteer days, we’ll bring program training to you


  • Volunteer hours can often be applied toward designations and professional development
  • Work on your leadership, instructional and public speaking skills