OneJA Network Newsletter
LETTER FROM ASHEESH
JA Worldwide’s plans during 2018 include new and unique experiences for students and JA leaders from across our network. For example, one of the first events of the JA Centennial (which begins in July) is the JA Global Youth Forum. We’re expecting students from over 50 countries to attend the event in Morelos, Mexico, July 8–13. In addition, we’ve launched the JA Worldwide Fellows Program for six high-potential JA leaders from the network. I’m pleased to tell you that . . .
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Registration Opens for the JA Global Youth Forum
In partnership with JA Americas and JA México—which bring 33 years of success hosting annual FIE student-entrepreneurship events—we’re pleased to announce the first-ever JA Global Youth Forum. Held July 8–13 in Morelos, México, the forum will bring together young people from around the world for a week of world-class keynote speakers, alumni panels, entrepreneurship workshops, business competitions, recreational activities, team-building experiences, and more. Additional activities and training for teachers, chaperones, JA staff, board members, and other non-student attendees will keep all participants engaged. Visit jaworldwide.org/GYF for additional information, FAQs, a link to registration, a chance to sign up for monthly updates, and more. If you have questions or ideas, email [email protected]. To suggest global funders for this event, please contact [email protected].
JA Announces Partnership with the Global Education & Leadership Foundation
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) and JA Worldwide officially launched a new partnership during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India, last month. tGELF, headquartered in India, seeks to build a community of ethical, altruistic leaders, who work together to improve the state of the world. Over the years, tGELF has developed a robust network of students and young professionals who have studied at leading educational institutions in India and abroad. tGELF's core mission has reached more than three million students across 3,000 schools in 14 countries.
JA Takes Center Stage in China
In December, JA China was honored as one of a handful of nonprofit organizationsofficially recognized as foreign NGOs. This special recognition falls under China’s new NGO law, under the auspices of the CPAFFC, a people’s national organization that has oversight over JA China’s activities.
Bechtel Renews Signature Program Partnership
The Bechtel Group Foundation has announced that it is renewing the Building Future Leaders initiative for the seventh year, making JA Worldwide one of only four nonprofits supported through Bechtel’s Signature Program partnerships. This volunteer alliance empowers young people by offering JA work-readiness and JA entrepreneurship programs in 17 JA organizations across all six regions.
The Global Education and Skills Forum Features JA
JA will have a strong presence at the sixth annual Global Education & Skills Forum, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation, March 17–18, in Dubai, UAE. JA Worldwide is arranging for 50 leaders from across our network to attend the conference, including JA Worldwide Fellows, selected Governors, the Senior Leadership Team, CEOs of each JA region, and additional leaders from the MENA region. The conference will also feature JA content in the weeks leading up to the event, and our young alumni will speak on selected panels to showcase the impact of JA. After two days of talks and panels with world leaders, the highlight of the forum is the presentation of the annual Global Teacher Prize, which honors outstanding educators and includes a US$1,000,000 grand prize. In future newsletters, we’ll will report back with the results of this significant new partnership.
Celebrate Member-Country Anniversaries Around the World
As we prepare for JA’s Centennial celebrations, which start later this year, 19 JA member countries will celebrate milestone anniversaries in 2018, including 55 years for Young Enterprise (JA in the UK) and 50 years for JA Puerto Rico! Congratulations to the passionate and dedicated staff who have kept the JA fires burning—from half a decade to half a century—around the world.
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INJAZ Al-Arab/JA MENA | JA was represented last month at the Arab Forum for Youth Leaders in Kuwait, organized by the Kuwait Ministry of State for Youth Affairs. Akef Aqrabawi, INJAZ Al-Arab’s President and CEO, participated in the forum, which examined the ways in which organizations can support youth initiatives. During the forum, INJAZ Kuwait student team Agrivage shared its entrepreneurial journey and reflected on the team's experience as young entrepreneurs.
JA USA | Using the “I am JA” theme, JA USA kicked off its fourth annual JA Alumni Month on January 1. JA areas across the United States participated in the campaign by re-engaging former JA students as supporters and volunteers. Efforts for 2018 have focused primarily on networking through JA alumni who have already reconnected with JA, as well as through retired JA staff. JA USA also tapped into its photo and video archives to highlight JA Company Program competitions and student conferences from the past. This effort, combined with enhanced digital and content-marketing strategies, has increased JA alumni engagement by 70 percent over last year’s campaign.
JA Americas | In November, Team Kóleken from JA Argentina became the JA Americas Company of the Year at the regional competition in São Paulo, Brazil. Twenty student teams from 15 different countries squared off in the ninth edition of the competition, which was sponsored by FedEx and Delta Air Lines. The winning student company produced a modern glass dispenser for beverages, and performed well throughout all the competition’s stages. Take a look at the inspiring wrap-up video from the JA Americas Company of the Year Competition.
JA Africa | An environmentally focused student company won first prize in the seventh JA Africa Company of the Year in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early December. Team Recycling Industry from JA Gabon sells household products, such as stools, that have been produced from old plastic bottles that were cleaned from the waterways of the students’ local communities. Forty-two students from 11 countries participated in the competition, with a theme of, “Innovate, Create, Be Great.”
JA Asia Pacific | JA Asia Pacific CEO Vivian Lau joined a panel focused on digital social innovation at the four-day Microsoft GirlSpark Camp in Hong Kong earlier this month. The event was organized by Microsoft Hong Kong, LinkedIn Hong Kong, and The Women’s Foundation, in order to inspire young women to lead the tech industry. Participants listened to ten guest speakers and worked on their own projects, which focused on tackling social issues.
JA Europe | Earlier this month, Bulgaria assumed the six-month rotating Presidency of the European Union. Following the official opening, JA Bulgaria hosted a meeting at Sofia Tech Park to highlight Bulgaria’s focus on entrepreneurship and innovation to further develop the nation. Members of the Advisory Council of the Bulgarian Presidency—former Prime Minister H.M. Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, former President Rosen Plevneliev, and former Foreign Minister Solomon Passy—participated in the event. In her opening speech, JA Bulgaria CEO Milena Stoycheva emphasized that entrepreneurship is a relevant response to many of the disruptive changes happening in today’s society.