Did you know? As the country's largest youth business education organization, JA Canada reaches nearly 250,000 students from coast to coast each year.
We work in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses to teach students about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship and we help students learn to make informed financial decisions, develop career plans and express their innovative spirit.
Since 1955, we have provided programs to over 4 million Canadian students. One of the reasons that we can continue to make such an important impact on our young people is due to the outstanding volunteers we have in communities right across our great country.
Today, as I do most days, I was thinking about how grateful we are as a national charity to have such a strong and committed network of volunteers. It is inspiring to hear the stories of how volunteers are making a positive and everlasting impact on a young person’s life. I was thinking about this particularly today, as it’s the culmination of several months of planning at the national office with a national corporation and their employees.
For Deloitte, a professional services firm, today is Impact Day, which is a year-round tradition where Deloitte employees have the chance to give back to their local community. It is hard to believe that in one short day, 450 volunteers from Deloitte are volunteering with JA Canada to deliver financial literacy and work readiness programs to students. 450 volunteers – wow!
These 450 employees will deliver 225 JA programs to over 5,600 students today. At the end of the school day, 5,600 students will have new insight and education about essential topics that are based on the volunteer’s real-life experience and JA’s proven program knowledge. This is a powerful combination that will help positively influence student’s future direction.
Each day in classrooms across the country, volunteers invest their time to help deliver JA programs in classrooms from grade three right through high school. In fact, JA Canada currently has over 16 programs that are delivered by our volunteers. Last year JA was extremely fortunate to have over 11,000 volunteers share their real world knowledge in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness with over 248,000 students.
With support of our volunteers, JA is able to inspire youth to explore career possibilities, help them manage finances, start a company and realize their potential. There is no doubt in my mind that these volunteers are not only giving back to JA and classrooms, but they are also making a remarkable impact on every one of these students.
The volunteer’s participation and their passion are what activates our students, and it is what makes life achievements possible for our future employees, consumers, and leaders.
On behalf of JA and our students, we would like to say THANK YOU to our volunteers.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Karen is the Vice President, Programs and Charter Services fro JA Canada's national office. Karen is committed to helping advance and support JA programs, volunteers, educators and local offices to help make an even greater impact and help students achieve success today and in the future.