JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize;
JA South Western Ontario Celebrates this Prestigious Honour

JA Worldwide, a non-profit organization that helps young people develop the skillset and mindset to achieve success, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

As a member of the worldwide Junior Achievement network, JA Southwestern Ontario prepares thousands of local students every year to compete in the global economy by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

JA has been helping young people since the organization’s founding in 1919, but this recognition is about more than just JA’s impact on individuals. The effects of JA are felt in communities, countries, and the entire world because the organization has been able to scale up to reach over 10 million young people per year, partnering with more than 400,000 volunteers and teachers, who deliver hands-on, immersive learning experiences in 115 countries

For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence, and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents, JA Worldwide—and especially JA’s 150+ million alumni living all over the world—serve as a conduit for peace and a global force for good.

This nomination for JA Worldwide is the beginning of a journey for the JA network, especially given that many organizations have been nominated multiple times before being shortlisted or selected as a winner. There are, of course, many deserving organizations, and JA feels privileged to be mentioned alongside with others that are striving for a more peaceful world.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honoured to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Brad Geddes, Director Emeritus of the JA SWO Board, explained how JA creates a lasting impact: “My own journey with JA began more than 50 years ago as a high-school student. Participating in the JA Company Program ignited my entrepreneurial passion. With fellow students we discovered how to overcome many challenges and find success by creating and running a business. JA is a transformational experience, with guidance provided by volunteer mentors and the financial support of the local business community.” Geddes also serves on the JA Worldwide Global Council.

Locally, JA has been inspiring and preparing youth in South Western Ontario for over 58 years. Last year JA South Western Ontario provided over 16.000 student experiences, working proactively to prepare students for their lives ahead as they become the community builders of the future.