About Us

Junior Achievement (JA) inspires and prepares youth to succeed by providing them with opportunities to learn financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. Through our proven, school-board approved programs, JA provides real-world experiences, important career connections and prepares youth grades three to 12 for the jobs of tomorrow.

With youth unemployment at an all-time high, our mission is more important than ever before. JA’s programs present engaging and interactive ways for students to help build the skills employers seek.

JA students benefit from real-world work experience and know-how, transforming their knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations as they build toward successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially.

We are JA

JA Canada and JA Worldwide

Did you know JA Northern and Eastern Ontario (JA-NEO) is part of a national and global JA network? As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide reaches more than 10 million students in over 100 countries. Learn more at JA Canada and JA Worldwide by visiting their websites.

Our Mission, Vision and Values


Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.


Be the partner of choice for business, education and policy makers across Northern and Eastern Ontario seeking to expand youth education and economic development.

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do, and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talent, creativity, perspectives and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Conviction in the education and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration