About JA South Western Ontario



For over 55 years

JA has been inspiring and preparing youth in southwestern Ontario to succeed by providing opportunities to learn financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills with engaging programs and the help of dedicated volunteers.



Inspiring Students to Succeed in School, Life and Business Since 1919

In 2019 JA celebrates the 100th anniversary of JA Worldwide. JA was founded in 1919 by Horace A. Moses, Chairman of Strathmore Paper, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Since our founding, we have become the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, JA inspires students to succeed in a global economy and reach their highest potential.


About JA South Western Ontario

As of 2019, the existing JA South Western Ontario (Chatham) and JA London and District (London) offices have come together to serve more students and help prepare them for success in the global economy. The combined charters form a new JA South Western Ontario that now delivers JA programs to youth throughout most of southwestern Ontario.  

JA South Western Ontario serves: 




Our Mission

JA inspires youth and prepares them to succeed in a global economy.

    Financial Literacy     Work Readiness     Entrepreneurship


What We Do

JA South Western Ontario engages over 700 volunteers who mentor youth, providing them with hands-on experiential skills development in business, currently reaching more than 14,000 youth each year.

Participating in JA programs transforms students and gives them the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in school, business and life. Studies have shown that today’s most in-demand jobs didn’t exist ten years ago. JA prepares students to succeed in tomorrow’s careers, solve tomorrow’s challenges and launch businesses that create tomorrow’s jobs.  


How We Achieve

By helping youth stay in school, encouraging entrepreneurship, and teaching financial literacy skills, JA in Canada creates an annual return to society of $45 for every one dollar spent.*

*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)


How We Do It

JA programs are delivered by hundreds of dedicated volunteers who bring their professional experiences into the classroom to help students connect program concepts with real-life situations. Volunteers use a mix of hands-on activities, discussions and digital learning to engage students and ensure they retain and use what they learn. With their help, students gain the knowledge and confidence they need to define their personal success and go after their dreams.

Everything we do is funded by the generous businesses, community groups, sponsors and donors, who provide us with the critical funding needed to develop and deliver our programs. With the help of valuable community partners, we are committed to growing JA in every community we serve and increasing our student reach each year. 


Annual Reports


View the 2018-19 Annual Report for JA London and District


Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.