Programs Available for Grades 5 to 8

JA Economics for Success

This empowering one-day program introduces grade 8 students to the concepts of financial literacy, challenges them to reflect on their personal goals, and emphasizes the advantage of staying in school to achieve long-term success. Students participate in hands-on activities such as developing personal and professional goals, preparing a personal budget, role playing various networking and interview scenarios, and learning about career choices.

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Programs Available for Grades 9 to 12

JA Company

This 15-week program gives students from grade 9-12 the opportunity to learn business fundamentals and the art of entrepreneurship through hands-on tasks, as they work together to develop a student-led company. JA Company provides students with valuable life-skills, work experience, and knowledge JA Company can be curriculum-linked to a high school business or leadership class, or it can be offered as an after-school program. Students in the program are mentored by experienced volunteers from Ottawa’s business, government and education sectors.


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“Unlike at school, where you are provided with materials, taught a lesson, and given time to study; JA puts you in situations that make you think and act on your feet. You are tested first, and then you learn from your failures or your successes.”

~ Khadeer, JA Company participant and award winner

Spark the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Youth

Help students connect classroom learning with real-world problems and issues. Your investment will inspire students to develop needed soft skills for tomorrow’s careers and help foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in our K-12 schools.

Volunteer with JA Ottawa

You can help us develop tomorrow’s leaders! Our volunteers teach JA curriculum and lead students through interactive learning activities, while sharing personal work-related experiences and knowledge. You can boost your company’s profile, develop your leadership and communication skills, and have a great deal of fun.