About Us

Turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders

At JA South western Ontario, we believe in the boundless potential of youth—and we create opportunities for them to explore this potential through hands-on learning.  

JA equips young people with the employment and entrepreneurship skills and mindsets they need to succeed. By building abilities and nurturing self-belief, JA prepares youth for the future of work, ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults, and teaches them to think entrepreneurially.

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

About Junior Achievement

Originally formed in 1919, Junior Achievement is now one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs. JA prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship, delivering hands on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. Reaching more than 10 million young people last year, JA is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, and managers.

Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.

Map of the regions served by JA South Western Ontario
JA South Western Ontario Region

Students will grow into active citizens and they need this knowledge to succeed in life. Knowing the formula for the area of the circle (which is great, don’t get me wrong) will not be of a huge help to them during tax season, will it now?

– Grade 7 Teacher, JA Dollars With Sense