OneJA Network Newsletter

April 2019

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Dear colleagues,

Do you remember the 2017 JA Global Leadership Conference (GLC)? For many of us, GLC offers an opportunity to connect with our peers from around the world and get a dose of inspiration and rejuvenation. It’s also a chance for respect and recognition of each other’s work in the form of JA Worldwide Awards. This year, we’re introducing a new award . . . read more in Asheesh’s letter.

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Celebrate JA's NGO Advisor Ranking!
Are you celebrating the JA network's great news? JA Worldwide was just selected as one of the Top 500 NGOs in the world by NGO Advisor, debuting at #7. This represents JA Worldwide’s first time on this prestigious list of global NGOs, which uses a rigorous methodology that prioritizes impact, innovation, and governance. This recognition is a true honor and a testament to the hard work of all of our colleagues around the world. Congratulations to you—every JA staff member, contractor, board member, and volunteer—for your part in making JA such an impactful nonprofit.

On OneJA, download the badge you see here for use on your website or social media channels. On OneJA, you'll also find a statement from JA Worldwide that you're welcome to use in a press release, if you choose.
Complete the 2019 JA Global Leadership Conference Survey
Is the 2019 Global Leadership Conference in Berlin, Germany, on your calendar for November 18–22? With a theme of "Next 100: Future Ready,” the conference will include keynote speakers and thought leaders in youth education and innovation; plenary sessions with member-country panels and best-practice sharing; breakouts and networking; and an authentic German dinner and night of fun! For this special Centennial year, we're opening up the conference to all staff from member countries, ROCs, and JA Worldwide, and we’d love to hear about your GLC plans. Will you take a few moments to complete this short survey?

Registration, which opens April 1, will be on a "first come, first served" basis, will cap at 300 people, and includes all conference fees and meals. Early registration from April 1–June 30, 2019, is €499 (US$570). Regular registration from July 1–August 15, 2019, is €570 (US$650). Late registration from August 16–September 15, 2019, is €650 (US$740). Remember that registration will end early if capacity is reached. Hotel accommodations—not included in the registration fee—will be at the beautiful Berlin Park Inn Alexanderplatz for €99–€109 (US$112–$123) per night. Save the date!

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Register for the the JA Global Alumni Conference by Friday
Only two days remain to register for the JA Global Alumni Conference (August 28–September 1) in Vienna, Austria. Don’t miss seeing the town transform into JA Village, which will be the main hub for the conference. You’ll also have the opportunity to network, workshop, and experience inspiring sessions with 360 participants from around the world. Registration is open only until Friday, March 15, 2019, at 11:59pmET.

Promote the “I am JA” Alumni Video Star Contest to Shine a Spotlight on Your JA Location
In January, we officially launched the “I am JA” Alumni Video Star Contest, giving our alumni an opportunity to create and submit their own “I am JA” videos by April 15. Over on OneJA, you’ll find a contest toolkit, which includes an infographic and infovideo/slideshow, contest details, social-media post graphics, and social-media cover graphics in both PNG and Illustrator files. The top ten alumni video submissions will qualify for public voting, with the top three vote-getters earning a free trip to the JA Global Alumni Conference in Vienna, Austria, this summer, where they’ll pitch their stories on stage for the grand prize: their own professionally produced “I am JA” video, which could feature your JA location.

Add Your Event to the Centennial Events Global Listing
The JA Centennial global events listing is live and ready for you to add your significant regional, national, and local events. For your event to be considered, complete the form at
Learn More about the New JA Worldwide Program Portal at March 14 Webinars
This week, JA Worldwide and JA USA launched the JA Program Portal to streamline the JA USA kit-programs-ordering process and raise awareness of the JA learning management system (LMS). Kits and digital (native) program files can be ordered through the portal. JA USA program updates, retirements, and information on blended learning will also be posted on the portal as they are announced. All JA associates are welcome to sign up, but those who order JA USA kit programs or JA USA digital kit programs (native files) are invited to be the first to join.
To find out more, attend one of two information webinars, one on March 14 at 9:00pmET and the other the same day at 9:00amET. Contact Erin Martin to register for either preview webinar, specifying which session you prefer. You can also read the JA Program Portal FAQs on OneJA.
Apply for Funding through HP Foundation's “40 Days of Doing Good” 
Do you work with HP, Inc.? If so, call your local champion today! HP Foundation has a new internal grant process open: The “40 Days of Doing Good” grants are locally driven and open for applications by HP, Inc. staff through the end of March. HP, Inc. employees can apply on behalf of JA to implement a volunteer project with technology-related learning or using technology to solve a problem. Grants are up to USD10,000, so reach out to your local HP, Inc. champions today.

Register Students for the JA Youth Success Summit
Registration for the JA Youth Success Summit (formerly the Next Generation Leaders Forum) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to be held July 21–25, is now open! For delegates and ambassadors being sponsored by your JA organization, please follow this process:

  • Please let us know how many delegates and ambassadors you’ll be registering by sending an email to [email protected] with your organization name, the name of a contact person, and the number of delegates and ambassadors you will be sending.

  • Upon receiving that information, event coordinators will send you a code for delegates and ambassadors to use when they register themselves online here.

  • An invoice will then be sent to your JA organization.

Student delegates and ambassadors who are paying their own way can register here. Credit card payment is required at the time of registration. Questions about the summit? Email [email protected].

Please Welcome (and Bid Farewell to) JA Worldwide Marketing & Communications Team Members
JA Worldwide is pleased to welcome Dan Conway to the Marketing & Communications team, where he serves as Graphic Designer and Social Media Associate. In addition to general design, layout, and video projects, Dan will be creating JA global funder campaigns and other content, producing campaign toolkits for the entire network, executing and magnifying these campaigns, and reporting on campaign/content successes. A native Bostonian, Dan attended Finchburg State University, where he majored in Communication and Media Studies and specialized in Graphic Design. You can reach him at [email protected].

At the same time, the Mar-Comm team at JA Worldwide will be saying goodbye to Helenah Swedberg, who just landed her dream job at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Stockholm. Helenah’s background is in wildlife/environmental filmmaking (especially tigers) and, because of the special place in her heart for animals of all stripes, she is jumping on the opportunity to return to that work. She’ll work her last day at JA on March 27. If you’ve worked with Helenah over the last four years, please consider dropping her a note before she departs for the WWF. Also look for a job posting for a top-notch writer and editor to appear on later this month.

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JA Offers Thanks to Generous Supporters of the JA Global Centennial Gala (as Tickets Are Selling Out)
JA Worldwide and JA of Northern New England are incredibly grateful for the 20+ organizations that are supporting our 100th anniversary Gala in May. Current event supporters include Delta Air Lines; Schawbel Group, LLC; Alghanim Industries; BlackRock; Citi Foundation; Endurance International; FedEx; ManpowerGroup; Oliver Wyman; Paul | Weiss; PwC; Avanade; Eaton Vance; KPMG; Sanford Harmony; People’s United Bank; Ernst & Young; EOS Foundation; KidZania; The Boston Foundation; and Liberty Mutual.

If you would like to extend an invitation to board members or to key patrons to join us, tickets are going fast and will sell out in the next few weeks. Visit to secure a spot at this one-in-a-lifetime event.

Ferd's List Goes Global
To celebrate the JA Centennial, JA Europe's FERD’s List is now open for nominations from outside of Europe for the first time. FERD’s List recognizes a selection of JA alumni as inspiring young entrepreneurs and leaders who are creating value and leaving a lasting footprint. This initiative showcases the positive impact that JA’s entrepreneurship programs have on young people’s careers and ambitions and seeks to honor alumni who meet the following criteria:

  • Participated in JA Company Program (or equivalent)

  • Is an outstanding young entrepreneur and/or leader, age 25–45

  • Acts as a change maker and innovator

  • Shows evidence of a growing business or organization

  • Contributes to value creation

  • Is driven by a desire to succeed and to give back at the same time

  • Serves as an exemplary leader and role model for others

  • Is trustworthy, passionate, and positive and demonstrates high integrity, vision, strong communication and listening skills, and gratitude

Nominate your entry by April 12, 2019. FERD's List 2019 honorees will be presented at the JA Global Alumni Conference in Vienna, the first-ever global conference for JA alumni.

Prudential Announces Chairman's Challenge Winners
JA Worldwide is pleased to share that three JA offices have been recognized with awards in the 2018 Prudential Chairman’s Challenge. Each year, JA locations participating in the Chairman’s Challenge are eligible to win additional awards designated to projects that make the most community impact around the world. JA has a long history with Prudential around the Chairman’s Challenge and has also been partners together in the expansion of JA Cha-Ching around the world. We're grateful for Prudential's partnership, which inspires JA member countries to make lasting community impact together.
As a result of employee voting for the 2018 Chairman’s Challenge, please join us in congratulating the following JA offices for their achievement:

  • Prestasi Junior Indonesia, winner of the Social Inclusion category (£10,000)

  • JA of the Michigan Great Lakes, winner of the Education and Life Skills category (£10,000)

  • JA Kenya, runner-up in the Innovation category (£5,000)


JA Celebrates International Women's Day
Have you read and shared this conversation between Jonas Prising (CEO of ManpowerGroup and JA Worldwide Board Vice Chair) and Margie Wang (Chief Operating Officer and CFO of JA Worldwide), which was released on International Women's Day? The two discussed gender parity's roots in organizational culture, and how to address it in the workplace.

International Women’s Day celebrations continued with posts about the JA STEM2D initiative (in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson, FHI360, Smithsonian Science Education Center, and Girl Scouts of the USA), and our STEM-related partnership with Bechtel. JA Americas released a joint video with Citi Foundation and USAID about the success of the Women for Development program. JA Africa shared inspiring posts all week about JA women and girls. And INJAZ Al-Arab released a video about the great achievements of INJAZ women.

Winner of JA Labs Innovation Fund Sponsors S.H.E. Leads STEM Summit
Last fall, JA of Northern California (USA) received funding through the JA Labs Innovation Fund, fueled by Citi Foundation, to pilot a girls-in-STEM initiative. This month, the pilot came to fruition with the first S.H.E. Leads: A Women in STEM Summit, during which 500 girls met inspiring women in STEM, were speed-mentored, and expanded their STEM skill sets. Congratulations to JA of Northern California!

Anupama Sharma Is JA; Watch Her Story
Thanks to USAID's Youth Power Youth Engagement Grant, JA alumna Anupama Sharma, CEO of e-Sense, has her own "I am JA" video, in which she shares what she learned through the JA Company Program while a student in India.

"The most important thing I realized through the JA Company Program is that everybody wants to make a change. Everybody waits around for that big breakthrough, that big-ticket idea that is going to change how the world functions. But you can't wait around for that. You need to get out there. You need to get your hands dirty. That’s how the ideas come. And if I can make my contributions, they're small, they're in my own community. But if I start today, tomorrow, somebody's bound to join me. So start where you are, use what you have, and do what you can. I'm Anupama Sharma, and I am JA.”

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JA USA: Yesterday, as part of the JA Volunteer Summit, JA USA recognized the 44 organizations receiving the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Awards. The awards ceremony took place after JA USA participated in the ringing of the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City (see below). The U.S. President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation presents the service awards to certain organizations, with many volunteering hours as a way to thank and honor individuals who devote themselves and inspire others with their volunteering commitment. As an official certifying organization for the award, JA USA can recognize corporations with a U.S. presence that provide volunteers to teach JA programs anywhere in the world.

JA ASIA PACIFIC: In Manila, Philippines, JA Asia Pacific is wrapping up the first Centennial regional Company of the Year Competition today with co-host JA Philippines. Follow the event on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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In addition, JA Hong Kong and JA Singapore successfully launched the 2019 edition of the Schools Challenge. Two-hundred secondary school students are participating in the four-month initiative on how to use STEM and design thinking to create smart cities. Each student team is mentored by business volunteers from J.P. Morgan and supported by university students at partner universities in each location.

JA EUROPE: Save the date for the 2nd European Entrepreneurship Education Summit, organized by JA Europe on July 4–5 in Lille, France. Experts in entrepreneurship education, EU and national policymakers, business and NGO representatives, educators, and government officials will meet at the summit to discuss how to ensure that every young person in Europe will have at least one practical entrepreneurial experience before leaving school. This year, the summit is organized in conjunction with JA Europe’s Company of the Year Competition (in the same location), to allow the summit participants to meet students and see entrepreneurship education in action.

JA AFRICA: JA Gabon partnered recently with Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), a global network of French-speaking higher-education and research institutions. The new partnership will encourage youth entrepreneurship among university graduates across the region. On February 11, Mohamed Adel Ben Amor, Regional Director of the AUF, and Boubacar Noumansana, Regional Representative of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) for Central Africa, met with JA Gabon at the headquarters of the National Incubator to sign the partnership agreement.

Also, JA Nigeria kicked off its intensive, one-week mini-MBA program Venture in Management. Participants are selected members of the National Youth Service Corps who are introduced to the basics of managing a business and making crucial business decisions. The program helps students develop management skills and prepare for career roles as general managers.

JA AMERICAS: The second year of JA Americas’ job-training initiative EmpleaTECH has officially kicked off in Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic. The three-year initiative—a joint collaboration with JA Americas, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), SAP, and ManpowerGroup—is providing 2,400 young people the skills to work as technology consultants. The project's goal is that at least half of them will secure jobs before the end of the project period. The students learn how to use open-source tools and practice design thinking using prototype SAP tools.

INJAZ Al-ARAB JA MENA: INJAZ Al-Arab JA MENA gathered its 14 member-country leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, in early February for the annual CEO retreat. The theme keywords of the retreat were impact, innovate, and communicate, and the discussions focused on the 2022 strategy and its roadmap. The group unanimously locked down a number of key initiatives and determined the next steps in alignment with regional goals.

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