Brief History of JA Worldwide
A Worldwide is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their economic success. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, JA Worldwide effectively broadens the canvas of possibility for young people and enriches their ability to both engage in their own economic development as well as contribute to the strength of their families, communities and economies.
Junior Achievement Program in the Philippines.
Junior Achievement was introduced in the Philippines in 1967 and the Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Inc. was formally organized in 1969.
This non-stock, non-profit organization, which serves as administrator of the Junior Achievement program in the country, enjoys the support of the country’s top multinational companies, both local and foreign. To date, JA has engaged more or less 50,000 students from Metro Manila schools in the art of running mini-companies.
Mission. Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Vision. JAPI will develop future business leaders, in partnership with educational institutions, inspiring and equipping students to understand business, economics and entrepreneurship.
- 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
Much like the original member companies, present member companies continue to be involved in JAPI. Aside from contributing financially, member companies support JAPI by participating in JAPI events such as the “CEO Day” wherein top executives of prestigious corporations personally inspire young students by conducting a tour of their offices or plants and providing an overview of their business. Other JAPI activities include fund raising activities such as the “JAPI Annual Golf Classic” wherein top executives enjoy a competitive and meaningful day of golfing. In addition to participation and events, member companies are also invaluable for the goodwill that is spread throughout their respective business communities in JAPI’s behalf.
Because of JA focus on the unconventional and distinct perspective provided by experienced professionals to the system, the most critical area of support is the undoubtedly the recruitment of qualified advisers to effectively teach and implement JA programs to develop young student participants. To aid in this important task, member companies provide capable volunteers to serve as advisors for the various JA programs. This type of involvement is key in spreading the program’s benefits to as many Filipino youths as possible.