Frequently Asked Questions From Teachers

What is JA?

JA is the largest youth education organization in Canada focusing on entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. JA serves students from coast to coast, and works in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to help youth expand their potential, engage in their own economic development, contribute to the strength of their community and Canada’s economy.

JA Southern Alberta reaches over 27,318 students each year with the help of volunteers and community partners who share in our mission to inspire and educate young Albertans to succeed in the global economy.

Enhancing Career Pathways Project

The 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.