Innovative Thinking is More Than a Lesson We Teach

Our programs teach innovation to students and we’d be remiss not to follow that example. Here at JASA, we’re constantly looking at ways to expand our reach, embrace technology, improve our program content, and anything else that could help youth find their way to success.

Check out what we’re up to!

Aboriginal Youth Financial Literacy and Work Readiness Project

Aboriginal education program for youthJASA and the Future Aboriginal Business Leaders Symposium (FABLS) are working with educational consultants and curriculum experts to modify one elementary school program, one middle school program and one high school program for delivery to Aboriginal students. Program modifications are intended to add aboriginal and culturally relevant elements to pre-existing programs that already have alignment with the current Alberta education curriculum.

Once the programs are modified, we will conduct a pilot delivery in Reserve schools. Following successful pilot deliveries and any changes that are needed as a result of that pilot, we plan to deliver programs in southern Alberta’s Treaty 7 schools, on 6 different reservations annually, in partnership with volunteers from the FABLS organization. We are currently seeking funding for the initial project, which will include adapting the program materials and having them produced, along with executing a pilot delivery of volunteer training and program delivery.

Enhancing Career Pathways Project

Entrepreneurial Artist and Trades Programs For YouthThe Calgary Board of Education (CBE) and Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta (JASA) are undertaking a project that will contribute to the transformation of public education in Alberta by creating a new opportunity for students in non-traditional career paths. With the recent approval for project-based programs of study, CBE and JASA are collaborating on the development, pilot and evaluation phases of a new financial literacy program for non-traditional career pathway focused high school students – the Enhancing Career Pathways Project. This partnership will produce customized versions of the Junior Achievement (JA) Company Program for high school students not readily exposed to financial literacy education opportunities due to their respective career pathway selection (i.e. Fine Arts, Trades, Health Services, etc.). Company Program inspires students to understand the role of business and entrepreneurship by learning business concepts while creating and operating an enterprise of their own.

We piloted the first pathway, The Entrepreneurial Artist, in April 2014 and full delivery in school started September 2014. We will continue to build out additional pathways – the first of which will be the Trades Pathway. The Trades Pathway will be developed from May to December 2014 and piloted in 2015 with full roll out in schools in early 2016. The Health Services, Media, Culinary, and Cosmetology pathways will be considered thereafter.