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Inspire them for success

Over 75% of Achievers say JA was a critical driver of their work success

Become a Volunteer

I learned about communication and perseverance -- skills that will be essential to my future success in the workplace
Achiever, Company Program

Maximize their potential

JA is the only organization that teaches entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy to students from Grades 5 to 12

Register your class

The volunteers were the best! Thank you for taking your time to teach us about business and how to run one.
Achiever, Our Business World

Empower them to be leaders of tomorrow

JA makes a substantial impact on Canada’s economy. JA creates an annual return to society of $45 for every $1 spent

Give to JA

JA gave me a realistic view on what is needed to start a business and how to effectively execute a business plan.

Creating Tomorrow's Success Stories Today

JA (Junior Achievement) is the world’s largest NGO dedicated to educating young people about business. We strive to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. With over 120 member organizations worldwide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities. We partner with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Our programs focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship give students the skills and confidence they need to become leaders of tomorrow.


Your commitment could vary from a single school day or half day in an elementary or middle school, to a weekly 3 hour meeting for twenty weeks with our high school Company Program. It all depends on the grade level of the program you choose. You can choose your classroom based on a number of factors. We're flexible!


Our programs are meant to supplement the curriculum that students are already learning within their classroom. We offer a diverse and hands-on programing that keeps students engaged while still educating about the basics of business, financial literacy and work readiness.


Our donors understand how important it is for our youth to learn about money, finance, business, free enterprise, and other critical life skills. Their generosity enabled nearly 30,000 students in southern Alberta the opportunity to participate in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship programs this past school year!

2017 Celebration of Achievement

On March 15, 2017 – after Calgary youth spent 18 weeks building companies with the advice of business mentors from the community – we celebrated their journey with a night of awards, scholarships, and food! This program is possible because of the donors and volunteers who are dedicated to seeing the next generation succeed. Scholarships were provided by: The Aarnoud and Monica van Weelderen, Richard F Haskayne, Scott Bobye, TransAlta, TwinHills/ TechVivo, and Tangerine.

JA is committed to refreshing and refining programs to provide students with the most relevant, high-quality offerings aimed at incorporating 21st century skills. We have recently rolled out fully updated versions of Our Business World, Dollars With Sense, and Economics for Success. New materials are in the works for our flagship program for high school students, Company Program. Keep an eye out for News and events, and more information on how we’re making sure youth have the greatest chances at success.

junior-achievement-impact-on-students-the-economy-and-the-futureIn 2015-2016 JA Southern Alberta had an incredibly successful year, and our programs continue to grow and inspire thousands of youth. We could not accomplish this work without the volunteers who dedicated their time and talent to deliver programs, and the ongoing support from educators who invite JA programs into their classroom.

Help us continue to grow by volunteering or donating. Check out how your commitment impacts Canada here.

View our Annual Report to see what a year at JA Southern Alberta looks like.