OneJA Network Newsletter

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January 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

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 . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

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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ONE JA UPDATES

Each month, we're catching you up on content that has been added to, updated on, or delete from oneja.org.

REGIONAL UPDATES

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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November-December 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Imagine a day when JA’s experiential learning programs can be delivered to students with virtual-reality goggles, or when augmented reality can be used to enhance JA experiences and events for students and staff. Imagine a day when we can share data analytics about the impact of our programs with everyone in the JA network so that we can invest in our best programs and retire programs that are no longer relevant. Imagine a day when the best stories about the impact of our work are available on-demand and are updated regularly on social media. We’re doing our part to bring these ideas from imagination to reality by launching a new initiative . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Worldwide Announces Leadership Program
Through the launch of the JA Worldwide Fellows Program, six high-potential JA leaders will deepen their leadership, mentorship, and strategic skills over 18 months, beginning in March. Our global fellows training program will include:

  • An all-expense-paid trip to the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, with training and networking included
  • A week-long leadership development experience at the Global Institute for Leadership Development in California
  • Leadership of a global initiative, collaborating directly with JAWW leaders, Board of Governors, and external experts
  • Membership in an elite pool of high-potential leaders across the globe

If interested, your first step is to complete this simple signup process (login required) by December 22. Qualified candidates will then be asked to complete a more detailed application, beginning in early January. Not sure whether this opportunity is for you? Check out FAQs about the program (login required).
 
MetLife Foundation Renews Support of the MetLife Life Changer Initiative
MetLife Foundation has awarded JA Worldwide $1,075,825 to support the signature MetLife Life Changer Initiative with JA Europe and INJAZ Al-Arab. Since 2014, MetLife and JA have partnered to bring the MetLife Life Changer Initiative to youth across the Europe and Arab MENA regions. Over the last four years, this signature initiative of MetLife EMEA has grown to include 20 countries, impacting nearly 24,000 youth through the engagement of over 500 volunteers. JA Worldwide is grateful to MetLife for our long-running partnership and the ongoing commitment to the Life Changer Initiative, empowering youth across Europe and the Arab world.

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The Business of Fun Contest Winner Announced
JA Worldwide and the IAAPA Foundation challenged students, ages 14–19, to test their entrepreneurial spirit through submission of innovations for improving the experience at amusements parks and attractions for both new and returning guests. From complete theme park proposals to ride enhancements and queue improvements, the innovations presented were competitive, engaging, and practical. But it was the presentation of Sylvia Chong of Singapore that got the judges’ attention and captured the Top Innovator Award that was presented at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 in Orlando, Florida, USA. Read more about Sylvia, her submission, and her trip to Orlando.
 
JA Onboarding Tool Ending Beta Phase: Last Chance to Submit Feedback
At the Global Leadership Conference in July, we released a beta of the JA Onboarding Tool for new staff and board members. This tool contains fixed elements that are consistent across the network, flexible elements that can be customized, and freestyle opportunities for unique content. We’re excited to hear your feedback on the tool by January 15, 2018. If you’ve been using the tool with new staff and board members, please share your feedback now. If you haven't used it yet, there’s still time to test the tool and share your input.
 
JA Participates in Web Summit
JA participated in the largest digital conference in the world when Asheesh Advani took the stage at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss the skills required for the future of jobs. Asheesh joined a stellar panel from UNESCO (Mmantsetsa Marope), World Wide Web Foundation (Adrian Lovett), IAMTHECODE (Mariéme Jamme), and MIT Sloan Management Review (Paul Michelman). Watch the entire panel discussion.
 
Students Compete at Three Regional Company of the Year Competitions
Two JA Company of the Year competitions recently wrapped up, and one more is in the works next week. The Middle East and North Africa region kicked off the late-fall COYs on November 19 in Cairo, Egypt, with the INJAZ Al-Arab Young Entrepreneurs Competition, co-hosted by INJAZ Egypt. JA Americas, working with co-host JA Brazil in São Paulo, just wrapped up its competition for students in Canada, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. JA Africa and co-host JA South Africa assemble students from sub-Saharan Africa on December 6 in Johannesburg.

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JA Worldwide Board Chair Honored by Evening Standard Progress 1000 List
JA Worldwide’s Board Chair and CEO of Citi Holdings, Francesco Vanni D’Archirafi, was named to the Evening Standard Progress 1000 list for 2017, which honors London’s most influential people.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Europe | Locker Room Talk, a JA Sweden student company formed in 2016 to speak frankly about gender equality and macho culture in locker rooms, received a one million kroner award from soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Locker Room Talk was also the winner at last summer’s JA Europe Company of the Year Competition of the Facebook Best Social Media Marketing Campaign Award. As a result of the award, Locker Room Talk has received mentoring from Facebook staff on how to run campaigns and use Facebook as a marketing tool, all free of charge. Read more about both awards and the company’s new NGO status.
 
JA USA | Junior Achievement USA celebrated Global/National Entrepreneurship Month with JA Launch Lesson, sponsored by Ernst & Young (EY). The initiative puts entrepreneurs into high school classrooms to share what inspired them to start their own businesses and discuss the opportunities of entrepreneurship. Watch as JA alumni Kim Kaupe, Co-Founder of ZinePak, and Alex Frias, President of Track Marketing Group, introduce JA Launch Lesson to students!

JA Americas | The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), JA Americas, and SAP recently launched EmpleaTECH, an initiative that will train 2,400 young people in the next three years and to ensure that half of them secure a job within that period. With an initial phase in Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Dominican Republic, the project can be scaled to any country in the region. ManpowerGroup joins as strategic partner, collaborating with helping young people secure jobs after their training. This collaboration with the IDB represents one of the first partnerships for JA with a multilateral development bank. It’s a promising new initiative that has wide-ranging implications for the JA network. Read more.

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JA Africa | After a two-year period of inactivity, JA Ghana officially re-launched its operations in January of this year. Due to the generous support of donors, the JA Company Program is returning to four high schools in Accra. Relaunch of the program also means Ghana will be eligible to compete at the Africa Company of the Year Competition in 2018.

JA Asia Pacific | Vivian Lau, President of JA Asia Pacific, served again as the organizer of [email protected] Now in its eighth year, the event builds on TED’s core mission to share ideas through personal stories that inspire dialogue and empower the next generation. The theme of the event—Bravo!—congratulated every individual who pursues her passion, jumps out of his comfort zone, keeps her resolve, and perseveres against the odds, and showcased shapers and innovators from Hong Kong and beyond.

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JA MENA/INJAZ Al-Arab | In addition to co-hosting the Young Entrepreneurs Competition with INJAZ Egypt, INJAZ Al-Arab President & CEO, Akef Aqrabawi, moderated a discussion entitled, “Education and the Digital Economy: Strategies that Lead to Success” with Jordanian Minister of Education H.E Dr. Omar Razzaz at a power breakfast sponsored by Intrasoft, organized by The Information & Communcations Technology Association of [email protected], and in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF). Educators, government officials and leaders attended the session to gain insights on the status of education in Jordan and its development as a digital economy.

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ONE JA UPDATES

Each month, we're catching you up on content that has been added to, updated on, or delete from oneja.org.

  • Human Capital: We added information, a sign-up form, and FAQs about the newly launched JA Worldwide Fellows Program. 
  • Human Capital: We added a survey for your experiences with the JA Onboarding Tool beta-test. We're looking forward to hearing your feedback through January 15, 2018.

September-October 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Everyone likes to receive free stuff. Here at JA Worldwide, we’ve been fortunate to find things to give to the JA network for free—for example, registration access to conferences that normally cost hundreds of dollars are sometimes offered to us—and we do our best to share them with the JA network. This month, we have . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

Sign Up for Complimentary Entry to the World Innovation Summit for Education
JA staff around the world are eligible for free-of-charge registration to the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), November 14–16, 2017, in Doha, Qatar, with the theme “Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together.” A premier global-education gathering, WISE brings together over 2,000 change makers, innovators, thought leaders, and policymakers to discuss the education challenges and opportunities in this time of political, economic, and technological disruption. Topics will include new models of learning, the challenges of migration and inclusion, and leadership in the transition to knowledge societies. In addition to lively debates and workshops, WISE 2017 will provide valuable networking opportunities with a dynamic community of diverse stakeholders. To secure your place as a delegate, complete the 2017 Summit Application form, using the code "INJ2017." (Although the summit fee will be waived, travel and accommodations will be at your expense.) For more information, send an email or visit the WISE website.
 
HSBC and JA Worldwide Team Up to Launch Redeveloped JA More than Money
JA is proud to partner with HSBC to introduce redeveloped JA More than Money to students ages 7–11 in nearly 30 countries around the world. The program introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and focuses on social-studies learning objectives centered on money-management skills, goods ­­­­­­and services, and global markets. The updated curriculum also reflects new trends in financial literacy and entrepreneurship, which show that the most successful millennial entrepreneurs are distinguished by a desire to positively impact their community and the economy. The redeveloped JA More than Money is available in 13 languages, including English, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, French, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Filipino, and Vietnamese. At jaworldwide.org/morethanmoney, you'll find internal and external resources for exposing the new JA More than Money to media, schools, corporate partners, and other stakeholders.

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Students from JA of Southwest New England Wins the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Final
Earlier this year, FedEx and JA launched the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, an extension of the JA Company Program, produced in conjunction with the FedEx Cup and PGA Tour in five U.S. cities. At each event, JA students participated in Shark Tank–style presentations, pitching their original business ideas to a panel of judges comprised of local business leaders and PGA TOUR players. One team advanced from each tournament to compete at the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Final in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where FedEx pledged a $75,000 donation to the local JA chapter of the winning team.
 
After evening coaching sessions, and a trade fair and live presentations at the golf course, judges declared Team Lo-K8 the winner. Jeremy Race, President of JA of Southwest New England, was at the event: “The FedEx Junior Business Challenge,” he said, "provided a truly life-changing experience for our JA students from Connecticut, transforming these young people from ‘students’ to ‘entrepreneurs.’ Thank you, FedEx, for this amazing opportunity!”

Read more about the FedEx Business Challenge—including a Q&A with the winning team. Or watch the team on the CBS Hartford evening news, below.

JA Alumni Unplugged in Prague, Czech Republic
Last month, JA Europe alumni "unplugged" in Prague. Surrounded by the Czech Republic's long tradition of hand-craft industries, the conference focused on businesses from the offline world that have traditional and handmade production at their core. Watch Vojtěch Matěna's video recap of the conference, and spread the word about the 2018 conference in Tallinn, Estonia, next August. Registration is open for 2018 CREATE.

JA Attends the WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit and Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit
Taking advantage of government, business, academia, and civil society leaders already gathered in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, the World Economic Forum (WEF) held a two-day Sustainable Development Impact Summit to discuss accelerating public-private cooperation and deploying new technological solutions to deliver on the 2030 Global Goals. During the summit, JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani moderated an interactive workshop entitled, “Transforming the Skills Landscape,” and had the opportunity to introduce JA’s activities to Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Education and former UK Prime Minister. The summit reinforced the view that JA’s mission and core programs align to UN Global Goals #4 and #8.
 
Asheesh also spoke at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, hosted by Making Cents International, a conference that brings together innovators and educators to discuss work readiness and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people. Asheesh was a keynote speaker in the Fail Festival, a celebration of failure—and what the speakers learned from those failures—in order to encourage ideas, innovation, and continuous improvement.
 
JA Welcomes Three New Team Members
Tamara Collombo joined JA Worldwide last month as Manager, Executive Operations, a position previously held by Christina DiBitetto. With over ten years of experience in Boston, Tamara is a results-driven executive assistant who has supported senior executives in a healthcare IT company and worked as a paralegal in a law firm. Originally from Brazil, Tamara speaks fluent Portuguese and is a contagious Brazilian soccer fan!
 
Aliya Ansari joined JA Worldwide in September as Global Director, Major Gifts, in a consulting capacity. Aliya spent the last nine years at JA Canada and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, where she was very successful in raising funds from major donors and building a great brand.  She was born in Germany but her parents hail from Afghanistan and India, and she grew up in Canada. Aliya has travelled to more than 50 countries . . . and counting!
 
Lama Zawawi, formerly with INJAZ Al-Arab, has joined the JA Worldwide team as a consultant in the Operations Group. Lama will work closely with Joe Tortora on all aspects of the year-end Hewitt reporting process. Additionally, she will be working on the renewal process of the license agreements signed between member countries, regional operating centers, and JA Worldwide.
 
Bechtel's Dream Big Launches in the UK
Making plans for the upcoming weekend? Put Dream Big on your list, the documentary from Bechtel Corporation that will transform the way you think about engineering. The film recently premiered in London, and is also playing in IMAX and giant-screen theaters in the US, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Russia. (See dreambigfilm.com/theatres for dates and times.) We're proud to be one of only four Signature Program partners with Bechtel, one of the world's most respected engineering, construction, and project-management companies.

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Videos from the Global Leadership Conference Now Available for Viewing
Did you miss the 2017 Global Leadership Conference? Or were you there and want to revisit some of the talks you heard and share them with your team? Hop on over to YouTube to view the entire playlist of conference videos.

More "I am JA" (100 Lives) Videos Coming Soon!

We’re excited to announce that another half-dozen “I am JA” videos in the 100 Lives series will be released throughout the autumn months, thanks to the Making Cents International Youth Power grant and to FedEx. JA alumni from China, India, and Indonesia will be featured in the videos, which range from long, in-depth videos to short videos that are perfect for Instagram to immersive, 360-degree videos. Look for releases on JA Worldwide’s website and social-media channels in the coming months and visit jaworldwide.org/100lives to see our existing collection of alumni stories.

REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Americas | The Caribbean and Mexico need your help to ensure that entrepreneurship education will continue in areas where schools and JA offices were hit hard by Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, and the Mexico earthquake. Go to jaworldwide.org/donate and select “Caribbean and Mexico Relief Fund” in the dropdown menu.

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JA USA | A new survey from JA USA shows that 77 percent of parents are concerned about their children's ability to have successful jobs or careers as adults, in light of global competition and automation. The same percentage (77%) of teens said they share similar concerns. The survey of 1,204 parents of school-aged students and 1,000 teens was conducted by ORC International for JA. Jack Kosakowski, CEO of JA USA, was recently interviewed about the study.

JA Europe | The first FERD’s LIST honorees will be celebrated during a special event on October 11 at the Norway House in Brussels. FERD’S LIST, a partnership between JA Europe and FERD, a Norwegian investment company, recognizes and celebrates young people who are on a path to “creating enduring value and leaving a lasting footprint.” Johan H. Andresen, Jr., owner and chairman of FERD, is partnering with JA Europe to recognize and celebrate the long-term impact JA has on young people. Learn more at ferdslist.org.

JA Africa | Oliver Wyman, an international management-consulting firm with a focus on banking and financial services, has completed a multi-week, pro-bono strategy-development consultancy to develop a five-year strategy for JA Africa and its 14 member countries. After an extensive review and assessment of current operations and interviews with key JA Africa stakeholders, the Oliver Wyman team has developed a comprehensive report on JA Africa’s long-term vision and strategy.

In addition to this high-value engagement, Oliver Wyman partner Greg Rung will join the JA Africa Board of Directors. Over his 15 years of experience, Greg has managed 100+ projects for leading financial institutions, with key focus areas in bank transformations, SME financing, mBanking, microfinance, development banks, competitiveness, and foreign direct investment.
 
INJAZ Al-Arab | Marriott International and INJAZ Al-Arab hosted an Expand Your Horizon open day at Le Méridien Cairo Airport. Fifty-two INJAZ Egypt students attended a morning of networking, presentations, and group interviews, through which students were shortlisted for Expand Your Horizon internship opportunities at Marriott Egypt hotels. Expand Your Horizon steers young people toward diverse and growing industries that have internships and training opportunities in the MENA region, where motivated young people are in high demand.

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JA Asia Pacific | Last month, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, headlined the J.P. Morgan-Asia Society One Step Ahead Series luncheon forum, “Advancing Opportunity for Hong Kong’s Youth: Pathways to Economic Growth and Inclusion.” The insightful forum explored challenges in education and development of today's youths. JA Asia Pacific CEO Vivian Lau (shown below) was joined by other thought leaders in a panel entitled, "School-to-Work Transition: Opportunities and Challenges." The panel discussed Hong Kong's landscape of employment opportunities and challenges, especially for young peoples' career aspirations and goals.

Last week, students and alumni attended a kick-off gathering for [email protected] Kong 2017, for which JA Asia Pacific is a proud sponsor. Since 2010, Vivian has been the convener and curator for [email protected], slated for November 25.

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ONE JA UPDATES

Each month, we're catching you up on content that has been added to, updated on, or delete from oneja.org.

  • Marketing/Branding: Added links to the JA More than Money toolkit and collateral; deleted materials for The Business of Fun contest, which expired September 21.

August 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

During the month of August, two significant events for JA young alumni and students are drawing attendees from all over the world. Last week, I attended the Next Generation Leaders (NGL) Forum in London, Ontario, Canada, along with over 100 JA students and young alumni, who flew in from Latin America, the Caribbean, China, North America, and Europe. This week, I’m also attending the JA Alumni Europe Conference in Prague, a multi-day conference organized by the JA Europe alumni board and attended by alumni from other JA regions, too. Spending time with our alumni has reinforced my view that . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

Use and Share GLC Photos, Videos, Conference Materials . .  and Take a Survey
We devoted all of last month's newsletter to GLC 2017, but want to thank you, again, for taking the time and making the investment to be in community with your peers, recognize their achievements, and share in the belief that together we can make a bigger impact activating youth for the future of jobs. Here are some ways you can continue to connect:

Encourage Students to Share Innovations: Business of Fun Contest Extended to September 21
JA has teamed up with IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) to sponsor The Business of Fun Contest for 14- to 19-year-old students who are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. The contest gives young people the opportunity to submit an idea for—or innovation of—new or improved rides, attractions, entertainment, and shows, but students are encouraged to also consider other elements of a guest’s experience (wait times, park facilities, lighting, safety, and food and beverage options), and the top innovator will win a trip to the IAAPA International Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA! But time is running out: Submissions will be accepted only until midnight EDT on September 21, 2017. Use this link to download social-media graphics and posts, an infographic, and other marketing tools (all with the revised due date) to promote the contest.

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Send Us Your Stories Related to Citi-JA 30-Year Partnership
For 30 years, Citi and the Citi Foundation have worked with JA to ensure pathways to opportunity and upward mobility for youth. We've launched a campaign to promote the anniversary, as well as a thought-leadership article co-authored by Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi, and JA Worldwide CEO, Asheesh Advani. We're now spending the next several weeks sharing stories about Citi's impact on students, young alumni, and volunteers. (See examples here, here, and here.) We're in need of additional stories, especially from the Americas, MENA, Asia Pacific, and the United States. Has Citi Foundation funding or a Citi volunteer impacted your local area or member country? We invite you to share your experience, which may be selected to be showcased throughout our network, by sending your story or video to Tere Stouffer by September 15.

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Contribute Subtitles in Your Language to the This Is JA Video
The official This is JA video was released at GLC last month and is available on YouTube. Now, we need your help to make it even more useful to the entire JA network. English subtitles are available for the video, and JA Bulgaria has started a great initiative by contributing Bulgarian subtitles as well. Will you help us translate this video into more languages? It’s easy to create subtitles on YouTube, and you don’t even have to translate everything from scratch. YouTube can auto-translate the English text into your language, and all you need to do is to correct any mistakes. View this tutorial on subtitles from YouTube and follow this link to contribute your own subtitles to This is JA and help spread the message of JA around the globe. 

Participate in Beta Test of JA Onboarding Tool through November 30
When asked you how we can best align the JA network, the top answer we received was to create an onboarding tool for new staff and board members. Thanks to input from around the network, the JA Staff/Board Onboarding Tool is ready for your testing and feedback. This tool contains fixed elements that are consistent across the network, flexible elements that can be customized, and freestyle opportunities for unique content. Sign up to be on the beta team, use the tool to onboard at least one new staff or board member, and then complete a survey.

Share HBX-Harvard Business School Credential of Readiness (CORe) Preferential Pricing with JA Staff, Alumni, and Volunteers
Thanks to JA's partnership with Harvard Business School, JA alumni, staff, and volunteers are eligible to receive preferential pricing on the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), which includes a 20 percent discount on and streamlined registration for this career-building trio of online business courses. The HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) comes to you straight from Harvard Business School faculty: They designed the platform, created the content, and deliver the courses, which include Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. Watch videos, read FAQs, and register.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Asia Pacific | More than 2,400 young entrepreneurs participated in 20 workshops across ten markets during the last eight months to get to the 11th annual FedEx Express/Junior Achievement International Trade Challenge (ITC) Asia Pacific. The challenge at this year's event was for students to develop a business plan for a pet product for the USA. Team Everest (Songen Yeung of JA Australia and Manson So of JA Hong Kong) beat 29 teams from across the region with their eco-friendly cat litter, which is made of soybeans and is a first for the American market. The pallets are natural, safe for pets, and bio-degradable, creating less harm to pets as well as to the environment.

Team Ignite, made up of Nathan Peadon of JA Australia and SukHoon Chang of JA Korea took second-place honors, while third prize went to Team Collera: Kevin Ho of JA Hong Kong and Taishi Nishizawa of JA Japan. Congratulations to all the participants! 

Team Everest won the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement ITC Asia Pacific. Songen Yeung (second from right) and Manson So (second from left) are pictured with Vivian Lau, President, JA Asia Pacific, and Brian Tee, Managing Director of Sales, South Pacific Region, FedEx Express. Photo from JA Asia Pacific.

Team Everest won the FedEx Express/Junior Achievement ITC Asia Pacific. Songen Yeung (second from right) and Manson So (second from left) are pictured with Vivian Lau, President, JA Asia Pacific, and Brian Tee, Managing Director of Sales, South Pacific Region, FedEx Express. Photo from JA Asia Pacific.

Jurnis Lanuza, CEO of Hiraya, a JA Philippines student company, was featured last week in the latest 100 Lives/I Am JA documentary. Jurnis and her team designed and created handmade handbags out of pineapple fabric and fiber and, at the most recent JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year competition, Hiraya won the FedEx Access Award, aimed at developing young entrepreneurs’ understanding of the value of global access to businesses and communities. This signature award goes to the team with a business idea with the highest potential to create jobs, grow small business, expand into other markets, and improve the environment.

JA USA | In the latest edition of The Money Jar—a podcast hosted by two JA alumni and produced in cooperation with JA Oregon and Southwest Washington—JA USA CEO Jack Kosakowski shares his personal experience in preparing young people to succeed in a global economy and moving students from an "I can't" to an "I can" mindset. It's a great listen!


INJAZ Al-Arab | Akef Aqrabawi, President and CEO of INJAZ Al-Arab, was recently selected to join the council of “One thousand Entrepreneurs.” The initiative, organized by [email protected] (Information and Communications Technology Association, Jordan), aims to provide guidance and training to young entrepreneurs on the mechanisms of establishing leading companies. Its purpose is to shed light on how business models are developed and on the importance of accessing diverse markets through networking with investors and partners. Congratulations, Akef!

JA Americas | The Next Generation Leaders Forum 2017 wrapped up late last week in London, Ontario, Canada. Student delegates from across Canada and around the world participated in hands-on workshops, learned from industry experts, collaborated with their peers in the week-long forum, and watched a videotaped message from the prime minister. After the Ignite Speaker Series—a day packed with talks by inspiring entrepreneurs and leaders, including our own CEO, Asheesh Advani—participants then formed into teams to address the challenge question: "You're a start-up company. Create a plan for your company to introduce a disruptive innovation that will change your industry forever." From there, teams pitched their concepts for industries as wide ranging as transportation, energy, retail commerce, communications, and food, and then competed for top honors.

Photo from Nataleigh Ballantyne.

Photo from Nataleigh Ballantyne.

Earlier this month, Leo Martelotto, President of JA Americas, attended the first annual TECHSUYO conference, which brought together Peruvian professionals working the the sciences, technology, innovation, and engineering. The nonprofit event, held at Stanford University, sought to improve science and technology in Peru and build a collaborative bridge between U.S. and Peruvian science and technology leaders.

JA Europe | At the 14th annual JA Alumni Europe Conference, which runs tomorrow through September 3 in Prague, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 170 participants will study "unplugged" industries—crafts, handmade production, and maker communities—as inspiration for their own entrepreneurial pursuits. Follow JA Europe Alumni on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the conference.

JA Africa | Sixty JA Zambia students recently completed the JA Careers with a Purpose program, and the certification presentation was hosted by the Office of the First Lady of Zambia and Stanbic Bank. JA Careers with a Purpose introduces students to the importance of seeking careers that help them realize their life potential and noble purpose. The program demonstrates the importance of positive values, life maxims, and ethical decision-making within the context of career and life decisions.

(Left) The President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Lungu, presents a student with his certificate upon completion of the JA Careers with a Purpose program.

(Left) The President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Edgar Lungu, presents a student with his certificate upon completion of the JA Careers with a Purpose program.

(Right) The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Esther Lungu, wheels a student to receive his certificate upon completion of the JA Careers with a Purpose program this week.

(Right) The First Lady of the Republic of Zambia, Mrs. Esther Lungu, wheels a student to receive his certificate upon completion of the JA Careers with a Purpose program this week.

ONE JA UPDATES

Each month, we're catching you up on content that has been added to, updated on, or delete from oneja.org.

  • Alumni: Added video from the Alumni Engagement Panel at GLC.
  • Centennial: Added video from GLC about the Global Centennial Update.
  • GLC 2017: Uploaded professional videos of each GLC session; added the JA USA service awards.
  • Impact: Added background information and a video on the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP).
  • Marketing/Branding: Imported all content from Brand Central to OneJA; corrected error in JA-Citi 30 year campaign materials; added links to Business of Fun contest materials.
  • Strategic PlanAdded GLC video of the Global Strategic Update and Strategic Plan Panel (featuring the head of each regional operating center) to the section.
  • Overall: The site now requires login; added simple navigation to bottom of each page; changed main menu to read "Sections" instead of "Topics" and listed each section alphabetically as a drop-down menu.

OneJA Network Newsletter


July 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

A famous quote from Confucius is along these lines: "I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.” It’s appropriate for JA, not only because of our learning-by-doing programs for students, but also with regard to staff development and the Global Leadership Conference (GLC). The best nuggets and takeaways from GLC included . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SPECIAL EDITION
 

This Is JA Video Introduced
We kicked off GLC 2017 with a new video, This Is JA, which we hope you'll find useful as an introduction to our organization with new funders, new employees, new website visitors, and new social-media fans.

Keynote Speakers Shared Expertise and Inspired Attendees
We were honored to have Peter Schwartz, Mark Thompson, and Marshall Goldsmith as keynote speakers at GLC 2017. Each shared their expertise and opened our eyes to the future of technology and jobs, entrepreneurship, and leadership during times of change. Thanks to their generosity and commitment to pay it forward, these three world-renowned keynote speakers—whose usual fees are upward of $50,000 per session—donated their time during GLC. Watch videos of each speaker and find their presentation slides on the OneJA website.

OneJA Website Unveiled
Building on the conference "One JA" theme and our strategic priority to align the JA network, GLC attendees got a first look at JA's new internal website. OneJA.org is your one-stop shop for JA resources, tools, and ideas, organized into topics that are relevant to our network:

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Topics on the site will likely emerge, morph, grow, and shrink over time, as network priorities change. We also will edit and prune the site once a month, to ensure that files and information are easy to find. With each edit, we'll also include a OneJA update in this newsletter, alerting you to new material that has been added and old material that we've replaced or deleted. (You can also find updates at oneJA.org/updates.) Also, after August 4, the site will require a simple sign up/log in that will discourage non-JA visitors from accessing our site. We look forward to using oneJA.org to strengthen our network, elevate our brand, and share resources within the network.

JA Onboarding Tool Completed and Ready for Beta Testing
What's the number-one request when asked how we can align the network? An onboarding tool for new staff and board members. Now, thanks to input from around the network, the JA Staff/Board Onboarding Tool is ready for four months of beta testing.

This tool contains fixed elements that are consistent across the network, flexible elements that can be customized, and freestyle opportunities for unique content. If you're ready to sign up to be on the beta team, all we ask is that you use the tool to onboard at least one new staff or board member, and complete a survey. Sign up here.

JA University Presented and Discussed
GLC attendees heard about JA University, an initiative to give JA alumni access to inspirational leaders and coaches, along with their books, videos, podcasts, and more in bite-size, digestible, digital experiences. Through JA University, the wisdom, successes, failures, and lessons of the most notable and successful global citizens over the past century will be housed and retained to empower young people in their post-JA lives. Reference Robert MacPhee's PowerPoint about JA University on the GLC section of oneja.org.


JA University Chancellors Presented at and Supported GLC
Of the 15 JA University Chancellors—global experts in the professional- and personal-development space who will be establishing the guiding principles of the university, giving input on the structure of the learning platform, and providing permission to use their copyrighted materials at no cost to JA for the life of the university—several brought their success principles to GLC 2017. Marshall Goldsmith, Dave Meltzer, Bob Proctor, Brian Sidorsky, Steve Rodgers, and Mark Thompson presented, led panels, or supported activities throughout the four-day conference. Without their support and vision, JA University, which will become a key benefit to alumni, wouldn’t be possible.

JA More than Money Updated
At GLC 2017, we launched the refreshed JA More than Money program, thanks to our partnership with HSBC. This program brings financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills to students in nearly 30 countries around the world. Learn more, and look for full resources to market the refreshed program—including an interactive infographic—in late August. All resources will be available on OneJA.

Citi 30-Year Partnership Campaign Kicked Off
For 30 years, Citi and the Citi Foundation have worked with JA Worldwide to ensure pathways to opportunity and upward mobility for youth. Resources to promote this anniversary are on the Marketing/Branding section of OneJA. Also read our latest thought-leadership article, in which Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation and Director of Corporate Citizenship at Citi, and JA Worldwide CEO, Asheesh Advani, share how Citi and JA have built (and scaled) a global partnership for the last 30 years.

GLC Awards Announced
After revealing a stellar list of finalists for the 2017 JA Worldwide Awards, the winners were announced at GLC. A hearty congratulations to all finalists and award-winners.

  • Delta Air Lines Best Place to Work Award, to the JA office that best demonstrates a strong sense of team, collegiality, and dedication to high performance: JA Mexico
  • JA Alumni Engagement Award, to a member country, U.S. area, or regional operating center that has developed robust alumni strategies, including tracking, communication, and engagement projects for JA alumni: INJAZ Al-Arab and JA Nigeria (tie)
  • JA Collaboration Award, for participation in a collaborative project that promotes the mission of JA Worldwide: GREENT pilot program (JA Bulgaria, JA Greece, JA Romania, JA Norway, and JA Latvia)
  • Soraya Salti Award, in memory of the visionary leader who started INJAZ Al-Arab: Majid Khalid Al-shammiri, CEO, INJAZ Yemen, and Caroline Jenner, CEO, JA Europe (tie)
  • Karl Flemke Award, for the accomplishments of a JA USA area president who has been in that position for four years or less: Megan Sturges, President and CEO of JA of Greater Kansas City. 
  • Charles R. Hook Award, for outstanding leadership by a JA USA area president: Jack Harris, CEO, JA Georgia
  • JA Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of a chief executive of a member country who has contributed significantly to the growth and impact of JA programs in his or her country: Nina Kuznetsova, Executive Director, JA Russia

Service Awards Presented
Dozens of JA employees around the globe received awards for service, ranging from 5 years to 40. Congratulations to each one . . . your service makes JA possible for our 10+ million students. Check out the JA Awards and Recognition Book on the GLC section of OneJA.org

Message from Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi Closed the Event
We closed GLC with a message from Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi, CEO of Citi Holdings and the JA Worldwide Board Chair.

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REGIONAL EXPERIENCES AT GLC

JA USA
"I was truly inspired by the global impact of Junior Achievement’s mission represented by colleagues from over 50 countries at the 2017 Global Leadership Conference. I returned to greater Boston energized and empowered to serve local youth while knowing we are part of a much bigger global movement." 
–Radhames Nova, CEO, JA New England

Nelly Mofokeng (L), Managing Director, JA of South Africa; Radhames Nova (C), CEO, JA New England; Sboniso Madlopha (R), Executive Director, JA Swaziland

Nelly Mofokeng (L), Managing Director, JA of South Africa; Radhames Nova (C), CEO, JA New England; Sboniso Madlopha (R), Executive Director, JA Swaziland

INJAZ Al-Arab
"This year’s GLC was groundbreaking in the way that it linked JA Worldwide's five-year strategy with practical sessions that were both motivational and informative. I think attendees appreciated the holistic nature of merging strategic sessions with motivational talks that forged greater unity. I'm excited about the focus presented to the network, especially regarding priorities for leadership training and retention, fundraising, and opportunities surrounding the Centennial celebrations. This GLC was superbly executed by our colleagues at JA Worldwide, JA USA, and JA Georgia. All of the MENA ROC are delighted that the Soraya Salti Award so deeply honors our late founder and our wonderful colleague Majid Khalid of Yemen; both inspirations to us all."
–Nickolas Neibauer, Business Development Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab

"This year’s JA GLC was a powerful event, enabling not only an understanding of the range of JA impact across the world and a glimpse of the second century of the organization and its key priorities, but also establishing new networks, global collaboration opportunities, and the application of best practices to one’s own local JA headquarters. Beyond the sessions, GLC served to showcase the fabulous people behind all the fabulous work that our organization does, and to foster friendships, dialogue, and cultural understanding. Much appreciation to the teams behind the organization of the event; wishing them all much continued success." 
–Ranya Shalaby, Business Development Director, INJAZ Egypt

Nicola Dehmes, Regional Operations Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Nick Neibauer, Business Development Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Rawan Naber, Finance & Administrative Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Laila Mamou, CEO, INJAZ Morocco; Dima Masri, PR & Communications Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Tamer Zumot, Grants & Projects Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Amel Abdelli, President, INJAZ Al-Arab Alumni Association; Margie Wang, Chief Operating Officer and CFO, JA Worldwide

Nicola Dehmes, Regional Operations Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Nick Neibauer, Business Development Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Rawan Naber, Finance & Administrative Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Laila Mamou, CEO, INJAZ Morocco; Dima Masri, PR & Communications Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Tamer Zumot, Grants & Projects Manager, INJAZ Al-Arab; Amel Abdelli, President, INJAZ Al-Arab Alumni Association; Margie Wang, Chief Operating Officer and CFO, JA Worldwide

JA Africa
"The JA Global Leadership Conference was such a wonderful experience. I particularly learned a lot from all the different speakers who motivated and inspired me. It was also a great opportunity to connect and learn from JA staff from all over the world! I look forward to the next GLC! We are #OneJA!"
–Solomon Faibil, Finance and Operations Manager, JA Africa

(L to R): Josephine Khaleebi, Executive Director, JA Uganda; Phil Mlambo, Executive Director, JA Zimbabwe; Solomon Faibil, Finance & Operations Manager, JA Africa; Liu Qian Qian, JA China; Hamis Kassongo, Executive Director, JA Tanzania; Fatou Samb, Executive Director, JA Senegal; John Wali, Executive Director, JA Kenya; Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director, JA Nigeria; Elizabeth Bintliff, CEO, JA Africa, Nelly Mofokeng, Executive Director, JA South Africa; Maame Yankah, Marketing and Communications, JA Africa; Sena Goka, Grants and Programs Manager, JA Africa

(L to R): Josephine Khaleebi, Executive Director, JA Uganda; Phil Mlambo, Executive Director, JA Zimbabwe; Solomon Faibil, Finance & Operations Manager, JA Africa; Liu Qian Qian, JA China; Hamis Kassongo, Executive Director, JA Tanzania; Fatou Samb, Executive Director, JA Senegal; John Wali, Executive Director, JA Kenya; Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director, JA Nigeria; Elizabeth Bintliff, CEO, JA Africa, Nelly Mofokeng, Executive Director, JA South Africa; Maame Yankah, Marketing and Communications, JA Africa; Sena Goka, Grants and Programs Manager, JA Africa

JA Americas
The final night of the Global Leadership Conference was a big night for Jaime Santibáñez, General Manager, JA Mexico. He not only earned a 40-year service award, but his team was awarded the Delta Air Lines Best Place to Work Award, given to the JA office that best demonstrated a strong sense of team, collegiality, and dedication to high performance. Congratulations to Jaime and to all of JA Mexico!

JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, celebrates with JA Mexico and staff from throughout JA Americas.

JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, celebrates with JA Mexico and staff from throughout JA Americas.

JA Asia Pacific
"I am so pleased to attend the very successful conference. I appreciate the strong support from JA Asia Pacific and JA Worldwide teams to JA Korea; the strong leadership is inevitable to making OneJA possible! On the personal-development front, I would like to learn more of the astonishing innovation and transformation leadership from the many outstanding awardees at the GLC, especially Jack Harris, President and CEO of JA Georgia." 
–Moonhwan Yuh, COO, JA Korea

"We liked the great organization of the conference, inspiring speakers, and session topics. We learned a lot from the 100 years of experience from JA USA and their learning-management system, and about JA University. Working with alumni since 2006, we were happy to communicate with alumni from all regions. We were also happy to see our JA AP colleagues, and thankful to the JA Asia Pacific leadership of Vivian in driving the JA Asia Pacific planning sessions at the GLC. 
–Ayna Bayramova, Executive Director, JA Turkmenistan

JA Europe
"Thank you for a great conference. I really liked the mix of strategic, forward-thinking keynotes and the practical breakout sessions . . . plus the opportunity to get to know more people from the global network, and the delivery of new tools and new IP, such as JA University (brilliant!) and the JA More than Money. Well done. Looking forward to the next GLC!"
–Cecilia Nykvist, CEO, Ung Företagsamhet Sverige | JA Sweden

(L to R) Michael Merciaca, CEO, Young Enterprise (JA UK); Tor Kåpvik, CEO, JA Norway; Cecilia Nykvist, CEO, JA Sweden; Argiris Tzikopoulos, CEO, JA Greece

(L to R) Michael Merciaca, CEO, Young Enterprise (JA UK); Tor Kåpvik, CEO, JA Norway; Cecilia Nykvist, CEO, JA Sweden; Argiris Tzikopoulos, CEO, JA Greece

JA Europe also kicked off July with an incredible Company of the Year Competition. Read all about the top three teams; winners of signature awards from Citi, FedEx, ManpowerGroup, MetLife, Facebook, and AT&T; local awards; alumni leadership awards from AXA; and info on the jury. Big congratulations to JA Estonia, JA Finland, JA Israel, JA Denmark, JA Iceland, JA Cyprus, JA Malta, JA Netherlands, and Young Enterprise (JA UK), which were all award winners. And special thanks to country hosts Vlajo (JA Belgium-Flemish) and Les Jeunes Entreprises (JA Belgium-French).

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June 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

As the fiscal year draws to a close for many JA offices, it’s a good time to reflect on the performance of your team and how you provide feedback. The fact is, nobody likes receiving feedback. Nobody likes to be told what they did poorly, particularly when their interpretation of past events is different from yours. I’ve learned a different approach from Marshall Goldsmith called feedforward. At the Global Leadership Conference in July, we’ll learn from Marshall about feedforward and how it can improve the effectiveness of your team and your own ability to improve.

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

Countdown to GLC 2017
We’re just three weeks away from the Global Leadership Conference (GLC), which starts July 17, where JA Worldwide, JA USA, and JA of Georgia will welcome colleagues from over 50 countries to Atlanta to help shape the future of the JA network, collaborate, and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and global leaders. Stay tuned as we Facebook Live a number of keynote plenaries!

2017 JA Worldwide Award Finalists Announced
We're delighted to reveal the finalists for the 2017 JA Worldwide Awards. Winners will be announced at GLC and, for the non-individual awards, we'll share details on the innovative activities of the finalists.

Finalists for the JA Alumni Engagement Award, in recognition of member countries, U.S. areas, and regional operating centers that have developed robust alumni strategies, including tracking, communication, and engagement projects for JA alumni:

  • INJAZ Al-Arab (regional operating center in the Middle East and North Africa)
  • JA of Georgia (USA)
  • JA Nigeria
  • JA of Northern California
  • YE Switzerland

Finalists for the JA Collaboration Award, which recognizes member countries, U.S. areas, or regional operating centers that participate in a collaborative project and encourage worldwide cooperation through projects that promote fundraising initiatives, operational efficiency, and program reach:

  • JA Africa
  • JA Bulgaria, JA Greece, JA Romania, JA YE Norway, JA Latvia (joint award)
  • JA Italy
  • JA Romania
  • Young Enterprise (UK)

Finalists for the JA Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of a chief executive of a member country who has contributed significantly to the growth and impact of JA programs in his or her country:

  • Ayna Bayramora, JA Turkmenistan
  • Sheikha Hessa, INJAZ Bahrain
  • Josephine Kaleebi, JA Uganda
  • Nina Kuznetsova, JA Russia
  • Phil Mlambo, JA Zimbabwe
  • Stefania Popp, JA Romania

Finalists for the Soraya Salti Award, in memory of Soraya Salti, the visionary leader who started INJAZ in the Middle East in 1999, which now reaches students across the region in 14 countries. We present this award in recognition of innovative JA visionaries who move JA forward in a positive way, particularly to bring systematic change to a country or a region. This person will exemplify the JA values of the boundless potential of young people, excellence, integrity, and respect in tangible ways:

  • Caroline Jenner, JA Europe
  • Majid Kalid, INJAZ Yemen
  • Michele Lionnet, JA Mascareignes
  • Milena Stoycheva, JA Bulgaria
  • John Wali, JA Kenya

The Business of Fun Contest Now Accepting Submissions
JA has teamed up with IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) to sponsor The Business of Fun Contest for 14- to 19-year-old students who are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. The contest gives young people the opportunity to submit an idea for—or innovation of—new or improved rides, attractions, entertainment, and shows, but students are encouraged to also consider other elements of a guest’s experience: wait times, park facilities, lighting, safety, and food and beverage options. Submissions will be accepted at jaworldwide.org/businessoffun until August 31, 2017, and the top innovator will win a trip to the IAAPA International Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA, this November. Use this link to download social-media graphics and posts, an infographic, and other marketing tools with which to promote the contest.

Margie Wang Represents JA at the WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions

The World Economic Forum (WEF) is hosting its Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China, where JA Worldwide COO and CFO, Margie Wang, will represent our network. Margie is leading an Innovator Hub session on creating critical thinking that asks participants to discuss how to prepare young people with soft skills and critical thinking for an ever-more-technology-driven world. This topic received the largest number of votes among the WEF attendee submitted topics. Although Margie’s session will not be streamed, the WEF will livestream and live-blog several of the meeting’s sessions.

Franklin Templeton Investments Expands JA Programs and Helps Reach More Students
Franklin Templeton Investments and its employee volunteers will once again help empower youth by providing implementation grants to eight JA locations across four regions. The funding allows for expansion of JA’s financial-literacy and entrepreneurship programs, as well as delivery of those programs to students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience them. Thanks go out to Franklin Templeton Investments and to JA Hong Kong, JA Luxembourg, JA São Paulo, JA Central Ontario, JA of Northern California, JA of South Florida, JA of Sacramento, and JA of New Jersey for strengthening this partnership.  Please reach out to Karen Ochsner with any questions.

JA Students Compete in the 2017 Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge
JA STEM Innovation Camps, in partnership with Nokia, are intensive one- or two-day experiences that develop students’ idea-generation and collaboration techniques, and the top student team from each JA member country or area qualifies to compete in the Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge. Your 2017 team finalists include Sauna Lions (JA Finland), Nokia Solaris (JA Spain), High Clouds (JA Israel), Nokia Beyond (JA of New Jersey), and BB's (JA of Chicago). Each team submitted a concept paper and presentation, which the Nokia jury reviewed before meeting with teams via video conferencing. The key criteria in evaluating teams were innovation and the future, as well as how well each team captured the idea, studied and researched, thought about the business case, and defined the real-world use cases.

When the day was over, Team Nokia Beyond from JA New Jersey was declared the winner of the 2017 Nokia Global STEM Innovation Challenge. According to the team's concept paper, the team's product is "a phone dock that converts a Nokia smartphone into a traditional desktop computer. Since the target consumer age range is from eighteen to twenty-five years old, the Nokia Beyond would cater to the needs of any college student or employee in today’s rigorous corporate workforce. The product would be useable for anybody that desires portability and could be used by those who would use a laptop in the workplace. As long as the product is kept as cheap as possible, young adults will desire it.” Read more about Team Nokia Beyond, the competition, and judging criteria.

The MoneyJar Podcast Celebrates Its 100th Episode
Through The MoneyJar Podcast, a production of JA of Oregon and Southwest Washington, hosts Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha, both JA alumni, interview guest experts and discuss young people, families, and money. The special 100th episode takes a behind-the-scenes look at the hosts' personal journeys, surprises, and favorite episodes.

HSBC Redeveloped JA More than Money Webinar Slated for June 28 at 1pm GMT
Thanks to HSBC, JA More than Money is being redeveloped, and you’re invited to learn more about the new program at a webinar on Wednesday, June 28 at 1pm GMT (9am EST). During the call, JA USA will provide an overview of program updates, translation information, program release details, and access information. No registration is required, and the call will be recorded. Tune in using the login info below or contact Sara Logar or Karen Ochsner for additional information:

https://juniorachievementgm.globalmeet.com/mcdesrosier | 1-800-689-9374 | Passcode: 587902

JA Students Compete at the Third FedEx Junior Business Challenge in Conjunction with the PGA TOUR
Last week, at the Travelers Championship just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, USA, students from JA of Southwest New England shared their business ideas at the FedEx Junior Business Challenge. Three teams competed to the chance to advance to the FedEx Junior Business Challenge Finals at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta, where the winning team will receive $75,000 from FedEx for their JA area office. (Read more about the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, featured last week in Forbes.)

Emceeing the event was PGA TOUR Host Teryn Schaefer, while the judging panel included PGA TOUR Pro Geoff Ogilvy; Oz Griebel, President & CEO of MetroHartford Alliance; Manasi Gangan, founder and President of Nested Bean Inc.; and Lorenzo Hall, anchor and reporter at FOX 61. Special thanks to FedEx, JA of Southwest New England, the PGA TOUR, Weber Shandwick, and all the judges and competitors. See more photos and read about the winning team, and stay tuned for the fourth FedEx Junior Business Challenge on Wednesday, August 2, at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, USA.

JA Worldwide Makes Three Staffing Announcements
As we enter the new fiscal year in July, we have a few staff announcements to share:

  • Erin Sawyer has been promoted to VP, Partnerships, Alumni, and Programs. Erin will lead JA Worldwide’s efforts to build and execute new partnerships with organizations that deliver benefits to JA alumni. In this critical new role, Erin will coordinate global alumni outreach, working closely with the Centennial alumni team, the Operations team responsible for the alumni database, existing alumni groups, and the regional operating centers. As such, she will continue to oversee the 100 Lives/I am JA initiative, which features JA alumni working in a variety of careers and countries. In addition, as part of the Operations team reporting to Margie Wang, Erin will focus JA Worldwide’s activities related to global programs, the scope and sequence of programs listed in Program Central, and collaborating with regional operating centers on program quality standards and impact alignment. With over 14 years at JA, including 12 years at the global level, Erin is uniquely suited to take on this role championing essential elements of the JA Worldwide strategic plan. You can reach Erin at [email protected].
  • Tere Stouffer has been appointed to the position of Global Head of Marketing. Tere will be responsible for JA Worldwide’s marketing and communications strategy, platforms, campaigns, thought leadership, and grant deliverables, as well as coordination of the five Centennial workstreams in a consulting capacity. We are lucky to have Tere bring her experiences to JA, having run a digital marketing agency, overseen the 100th anniversary digital campaign for the Girl Scouts of the USA, and produced the JA Worldwide website and social media since 2012 as a consultant. Tere’s work with the Girl Scouts earned several marketing awards, including “Overall Grand Champion” at the Wharton/Ernst & Young Social-Media Leadership Awards and AdWeek’s “Best Brand Extension of the Year.” Before that, she spent a decade in publishing, editing more than 150 titles and authoring or co-authoring 20 books of her own. Tere started her career with degrees in engineering and creative writing, and is currently completing a graduate degree in Writing for Children. With her unique background with 100th anniversary planning in a federated non-profit, web design and digital marketing at scale, and editorial and content production, Tere is the ideal candidate to lead our global marketing activities at this time. You can reach Tere at [email protected].
  • Wendy Adams has been hired as Manager of Executive Operations. Wendy joined our team on June 26, replacing Christina Dibitetto who left JA Worldwide in May, and following Jenny Sands, who served as a temporary Executive Assistant during the transition. Wendy has served in administrative roles in various non-profit and commercial organizations. She will be our point person for coordinating Board of Governors meetings and managing executive calendars and travel, accounts payable, and selected human resources functions. You can reach Wendy at [email protected].

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Europe | JA Europe is launching FERD’S LIST, a European annual list of young and inspirational entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. FERD's owner/chairman, Johan H. Andresen, is partnering with JA Europe to recognize and celebrate the long-term impact JA has on young people. From the nominations for outstanding JA Europe alumni—young men and women on a unique path to “creating enduring value and leaving a lasting footprint”—honorees will be selected, and then inducted in October 2017 at a ceremony in Brussels. To nominate a JA Europe alumni, click here.
 
Oculus, a Romanian start-up, is the winner of the fifth AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award, jointly organized with JA Europe. Oculus developed the Mitra Glasses, a device that provides essential aid and safety to visually impaired people during movement, using incorporated sensors and efficient algorithms. The jury was particularly impressed by the way the start-up combines technology with social purpose. Other finalists selected among a pool of JA alumni included Couch from Portugal, Key Butler from Norway, Saluv Phone from Switzerland, and Socialsharks from the Czech Republic.

JA Asia Pacific | Vivian Lau, President of JA Asia Pacific, recently moderated a panel on best practices in business digitization at the JESSICA Leaders Forum. For more than 15 years, JESSICA has been Hong Kong's top-selling women's magazine, targeting executives and professional women, and Vivian was an honoree of the annual JESSICA Most Successful Woman Award in 2009. Through JESSICA’s social media platform, the insights shared at the event reached not only the 100-person audience in attendance, but also 42,000 on social media.

Correction: Last month’s issue was not complete in its description of the Cha-Ching Curriculum. Here is the corrected content:

JA Asia Pacific hosted a Cha-Ching Curriculum Learning and Best Practices Sharing Conference in Kuala Lumpur for JA members from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. JA Asia Pacific is the content developer of the Cha-Ching Curriculum. The curriculum is based on Cha-Ching Money-Smart Kids, a highly rated, award-winning financial literacy program developed by Prudence Foundation and Cartoon Network to instill money-smart skills in children. The Cha-Ching Curriculum provides the critical component for in-school curriculum to support teachers as they demonstrate money-management skills in six, 45-minute sessions of hands-on learning.
 
JA Africa | On Children’s Day (May 24th), JA Nigeria hosted an event to celebrate young people, with sponsorship from Keystone Bank, Uber Nigeria, and Kids Fun Lagos. JA Nigeria also held a children's finance fair on May 27th, and earlier in the month held a three-day STEM Innovation Camp–Oracle Academy Hackathon with 50 students and 20 teachers. During the STEM event, high school students from ten schools in Lagos were trained on Oracle Technologies to compete at creating an advertisement or PSA to address a social challenge by using animation.

INJAZ Al-Arab | Voices of Hope is a campaign by MBC Al-Amal designed to spread awareness of various career options through speaking events at schools across the region. In April, INJAZ Al-Arab organized a Voices of Hope event in Jordan in partnership with INJAZ for the Creation of Opportunities for Jordanian Youth and the University of Jordan. More than 250+ students from Jordan universities heard eight speakers tell their inspiring success stories and discuss the opportunities available in each of the industries they represented.

In May, two Voices of Hope events were organized in North Africa. At the first event, sponsored by INJAZ Morocco and Université Hassan II de Casablanca Faculté des Sciences Juridiques, Economiques et Sociales, more than 650 students learned about planning creatively for their future careers. The second event partnered INJAZ Tunisia with Ecole Nationale d'Ingénieurs de Tunis, where 300 students heard seven inspiring speakers representing the fastest growing industries in Tunisia. Through social media, the event reached an additional 25,000 young people in Tunisia.

JA Americas | In May, the International Forum of Entrepreneurs (FIE) Argentina celebrated its 19th edition in Cordoba (Argentina), where hundreds of youth from across Latin America gathered to experience five inspiring days. Every year, the Americas region hosts three editions of this forum in Argentina, Mexico and Guatemala. Youth enjoy activities that allow them to grow in their cultural awareness, entrepreneurial vision, and motivation through seminars and competitions. Jose Brousset, JA Americas' Board Chair, participated in the opening ceremony.

JA USA | Students from all over the United States arrived in Washington, D.C., last Sunday for the National Student Leadership Summit and Company of the Year competition. Find out which student teams were awarded the FedEx Access Award, the Delta Social Impact Award, and the NYSE Financial Performance Award, and which three teams won the Company of the Year Awards, presented by The Hartford. Also watch videos and peruse photos, including these from JA USA President and CEO, Jack Kosakowski.


May 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this month, I had a chance to represent JA Worldwide at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Not only was this an opportunity for JA to raise our visibility, it also enabled us to add JA’s voice to the discussion about preparing young people for the future of work, particularly as it relates to small business and entrepreneurship. The main reason JA was invited . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

Clockwise from upper left: Marshall Goldsmith, Katie Harbath, Mark Thompson, David Meltzer, Lord Michael Hastings, Mayu Avila.

Clockwise from upper left: Marshall Goldsmith, Katie Harbath, Mark Thompson, David Meltzer, Lord Michael Hastings, Mayu Avila.

Register Today for July's Global Leadership Conference (GLC)
Join JA colleagues from around the world to share, learn, inspire, and amplify the power of our network. Targeting JA member-country and area leaders responsible for fundraising, marketing, or operations, this opportunity will enhance your personal and professional development, grow your marketing and design-thinking prowess, and help you collaborate to engage more JA alumni as part of our Centennial celebration in 2019.

You’ll find an incredible lineup of plenary and break-out sessions and globally renowned speakers who will open our eyes to the future of technology and the future of jobs: Marshall Goldsmith (rated as one of the top conference speakers and leadership experts in the world), Katie Harbath (director of global politics and government outreach at Facebook), Mark Thompson (co-founder of the Sir Richard Branson Centres for Entrepreneurship), David Meltzer (JA alumnus, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, author, and named one of Entrepreneur magazine's top five entrepreneurial speakers of 2017), Lord Michael Hastings (KMPG International's Global Head of Citizenship), Mayu Avila (the first woman to lead El Salvador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first El Salvadoran woman to lead a private bank, and former Director of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC for Latin America), and many more.

The conference fee is only $650USD. Click here to register and select your break-out sessions. Make hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel online or by calling +1 404 577-1234 and mentioning the "JA Worldwide Global Conference." Our negotiated room rate is $159USD per night, plus taxes, for a single or double room. Our JA rate extends 2 days prior to the conference and 2 days post conference based on room availability at the hotel. If you have any questions with the registration or payment process or you need a visa, contact Erin Martin.

Sign Up for a Unique Coaching Opportunity at GLC
Following the official close of GLC on Friday, July 21, you're invited to a unique professional development opportunity. Michael Bungay Stanier will join us from 10:00am–12:30pm on Friday to present The Coaching Habit, an innovative program that will change the way you perform as a manager and colleague. You'll learn practical ways to bring coaching into your day-to-day operations and increase the effectiveness of you and your team. Michael is a Senior Partner at Box of Crayons, former Rhodes Scholar, and one of the top management coaches in the world. Click here for more information and a short video about Michael and The Coaching Habit. The program can accommodate only a limited number of individuals, so we’ll accept registrants on a first-come, first served basis. If you’re interested, sign up now by contacting Erin Martin. There is no cost for this additional offering.

The Business of Fun Contest Launches June 1
JA has teamed up with IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) to sponsor The Business of Fun Contest for 14- to 19-year-old students who are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit. The contest gives young people the opportunity to submit an idea for—or innovation of—new or improved rides, attractions, entertainment, and shows, but students are encouraged to also consider other elements of a guest’s experience: wait times, park facilities, lighting, safety, and food and beverage options.

Submissions may include an original work of art, a video, an infographic, photos, graphics, documents, or any other format that demonstrates the student’s business innovation and will be accepted at jaworldwide.org/businessoffun between June 1 and August 31, 2017 (the site will be password protected until that date). The top innovator will win a trip to the IAAPA International Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida, USA (November 13–17, 2017). The trip includes transportation, lodging, meals for the winner, a family member, and a JA sponsor (if applicable), as well as a private meeting with three key industry executives and VIP visits to Orlando attractions.

JA of North Florida Hosts Second FedEx Junior Business Challenge
Thanks to JA of North Florida, FedEx, and THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass for hosting the second FedEx Junior Business Challenge of the five-event series. Sandalwood High School's Team Antibee, which won the competition, will meet the winners of the other PGA TOUR challenges at the TOUR Championship in Atlanta this September, where students have the chance to earn a $75,000 donation from FedEx to their local JA location. Check out photos of the event from FedEx and JA of North Florida.

The next stop for the FedEx Junior Business Challenge series is the Travelers Championship in Hartford, Connecticut, on Wednesday, June 21. Stay tuned!

Photos courtesy of Rick Wilson/AP Images for FedEx.

Photos courtesy of Rick Wilson/AP Images for FedEx.

Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) Celebrates Global Volunteer MonthMay is Global Volunteer Month at MMC, where corporate citizenship, sustainability, and community engagement are at the center of its mission. Last May, MMC volunteers worked with JA students in 21 countries, and this year’s turnout is proving to be just as effective. MMC employee Marc Leduc reflected on his volunteering experience: "It was so much fun to spend the day with young students and see them learning and already thinking about their future and the possibilities." Read more about the MMC-JA partnership and join us in thanking MMC for its contribution to JA’s global success.

ManpowerGroup Releases Video About JA's Impact
Over the last decade, ManpowerGroup has invested over $2 million and thousands of volunteer hours to 35 JA locations worldwide, and last month, the organization released a video touting JA's impact. "We know it works," the video tells viewers. "JA alumni are more employable, more enterprising, start more businesses, and earn higher salaries." Thanks to ManpowerGroup for partnering with JA to help young people build the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Africa | JA Ghana and the African Internship Academy (AIA) have teamed up for YOUth Harness 2017, a job-shadow program. Three-hundred Ghanaian high-school students will spend the day being mentored by professionals in careers to which the young people aspire. 

In addition, JA Keyna, JA Swaziland, and JA South Africa attended the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Johannesburg, an annual gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and other start-up champions that was held for the first time on the Africa continent. Executive directors Nelly Mofokeng (JA South Africa), Sboniso Madlopha (JA Swaziland), and John Wali (JA Kenya) represented JA Africa at the conference, where the theme was digital disruption.

Photo courtesy of JA Africa.

Photo courtesy of JA Africa.

INJAZ Al-Arab | Again this year, NGO Advisor has ranked INJAZ Al-Arab as one of the Top 500 NGOs in the world, placing INJAZ Al-Arab in the top 100 tier for the fourth time since 2011. Big congratulations to JA's region in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for its placement as a global leader alongside other influential NGOs and for continuing its commitment to young people throughout MENA.

Also, in conjunction with last weekend's World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East and North Africa in Jordan, INJAZ Al-Arab's President and CEO, Akef Aqrabawi, penned an article for the WEF blog entitled, "Why jobless Arab youth need schooling in entrepreneurship," which shares stories, data, and insights about youth entrepreneurship education in MENA.

JA Asia Pacific | This week, JA Asia Pacific hosted a Cha-Ching Curriculum Learning and Best Practices Sharing Conference in Kuala Lumpur for JA members from Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. JA Asia Pacific is the content developer of the Cha-Ching Curriculum. The Curriculum is based on the Cha-Ching Money-Smart Kids, a highly rated, award-winning financial literacy program developed by Prudence Foundation and Cartoon Network to instill money-smart skills in children. The Curriculum provides the critical component for in-school curriculum to support teachers as they demonstrate money-management skills in six, 45-minute sessions of hands-on learning.

Photo courtesy of JA Asia Pacific.

Photo courtesy of JA Asia Pacific.

JA Americas | JA Peru recently launched JA School Startup USIL. The new initiative, supported by San Ignacio de Loyola University (USIL), will encourage high school students to create their own startups through an online platform developed by JA Peru alumnus Alonso Mujica, CEO of Silabuz. JA School Startup USIL will introduce young people to the tech-entrepreneurial world to strengthen future startups that have the potential to impact society. After the five-week-long program, the team presenting the best startup will travel to Miami to meet successful entrepreneurs, who will mentor the students as they improve their startup´s performance.

Photo courtesy of JA Americas.

Photo courtesy of JA Americas.

JA Europe | The European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork (EE-HUB), for which JA Europe plays a leading role, recently launched #SwitchOnEurope, a campaign to promote entrepreneurship education in Europe. Activities included a special roundtable at the European Parliament to launch the campaign, promote a virtual map that "turns on the lights" to recognize decisions makers who are making entrepreneurship education a priority, and present policy recommendations. Join the campaign.

JA USA | For nearly a year, JA USA President and CEO, Jack Kosakowski, has contributed to a monthly column in Forbes magazine. His latest article discusses research conducted jointly by JA USA and the Corporate Responsibility Association (CRA) that examines how corporate-responsibility professionals view employee-volunteer programs. You'll find links to all of Jack's Forbes articles here.

In addition, JA of New Jersey presented a day of Girl Empowerment at the annual Women's Future Leadership Forum, hosted by Goldman Sachs and sponsored by PSEG. Citi's Julie Monaco, board chair of JA USA and board member of JA Worldwide, kicked off the event attended by more than 70 teenage girls, at which locally and nationally recognized women served as panelists and mentors. Check out photos of the event.


April 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Have you seen the TED talk by Dan Pallotta? If you’ve already seen it, I invite you to view it again, as it has now climbed in the top 100 list of popular TED talks. It will reframe your perspective on what non-profit organizations need to build operational excellence and deliver impact. Last week, I spoke on a panel with Dan at the Harvard Business School about . . .

Read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

GLC Registration Opens
Registration is open for the 2017 Global Leadership Conference (GLC), which offers four days of strategy, collaboration, and networking that’s designed especially for JA senior staff. On the registration site, you’ll be asked to choose the breakout sessions you wish to attend—see full descriptions here.

  • Complete your registration by May 19 to take advantage of the early registration fee of $550USD per person. If you require a Visa Letter of Invitation, contact Erin Martin and also provide all the pertinent information on the registration site.
  • If you have a billing question, please complete and save your registration on the site, and then email Erin Martin and Arlene Wanninger with your questions.
  • Make online hotel room reservations at the Hyatt Regency Hotel or call +1 404 577-1234 and mention the “JA Worldwide Global Conference.” Our negotiated room rate is $159USD per night, plus taxes, for a single or double room. Our JA rate extends two days prior to the conference and two days after it, based on room availability at the hotel.
  • We’re also at the midpoint of the 2017 GLC Awards nomination process. From the Soraya Salti Award to the JA Collaboration Award, we look forward to receiving your nominations to honor and recognize the individuals and teams that have gone the extra distance and made an outstanding contribution to the network. Read more information on the awards and schedule for nominating candidates and/or contact Erin Sawyer with questions.

JA More than Money Spring Preview Now Available
Ready for a sneak peek of the redeveloped JA More than Money? A spring preview is now available, with information on the latest content and design, as well as the program’s benefits, goals, and standards alignment. JA More than Money is supported by HSBC, and the new version will be rolled out at the GLC in July 2017. Looking for additional information? Contact Sara Logar or Karen Ochsner.
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Deadline Approaches for AmCham EU Alumni Youth Entrepreneurship Award Entries
JA Europe alumni between the ages of 18 and 35 who are growing their start-up enterprises are eligible to apply for the fifth annual AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award. The application requires the submission of a concept paper and optional one-minute video by April 23, so there's no time to lose. The winning company not only wins a cash price of 10,000 Euros, but will also have direct access to CEOs who have been selected from AmCham EU members. Find out more about the award, its evaluation criteria, and how to enter. 

Students Shine at the First FedEx Junior Business Challenge
Rain and wind didn’t dampen students’ enthusiasm at the first FedEx Junior Business Challenge at the Shell Houston Open. Four teams competed in this unique extension of the JA Company Program, during which students pitched their team’s business concept to a panel of judges that included PGA TOUR player Scott Stallings; NBC Houston Sports Director, Randy McIlvoy; Mary Lynn Schroeder, CEO and Lead Designer of In Blue Handmade; and Chase Hansen, Commercial Banker with Frost Bank. JA of Southwest Texas' team Oasis, which produces and markets handmade items, was named the winner after judges evaluated each team's pitch.

By winning the Shell Houston Open challenge, Oasis advances to the final round of the challenge, which will be held in September at the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta. Next up in the five-city series is the THE PLAYERS Championship, set for May 10 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Additional challenges will follow in June and August.

JA and Nokia Team Up for STEM Innovation Camps
JA and Nokia are partnering to implement STEM Innovation Camps in select locations in Canada, USA, Europe, and the Americas. Targeted toward young people (age 13–17), STEM Innovation Camps raise awareness of STEM-related issues, showcase industry role models from Nokia, and highlight the vital role that skills-based CSR programs play in the alignment of education and future business needs. Winners in each participating location will advance to a global online final in June, during which they’ll compete in a new challenge with JA students from around the world. Special thanks to JA Europe for its collaboration and to Nokia for supporting this growing global initiative.

JA Plays Lead Role in the World Economic Forum on Latin America
Earlier this month, JA participated in the World Economic Forum on Latin America. Our CEO, Asheesh Advani, served as a co-chair of the meeting and participated in two panel discussions, while JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, led a work session on breaking down employment barriers. The two also co-authored an article on self-efficacy for the WEF blog, published in both English and Spanish. Read more about the critical role JA played at this meeting of business, political, and intellectual leaders.

Left to right: JA Americas' Development Director, Celia Deitz; JA Worldwide CEO, Asheesh Advani; and JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto.

Left to right: JA Americas' Development Director, Celia Deitz; JA Worldwide CEO, Asheesh Advani; and JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto.

United Nations Designates MSME (Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) Day
With the support of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the United Nations General Assembly has designated June 27 as annual MSME Day, in recognition of the critical role small companies play in creating two out of three net new jobs worldwide. In preparation for the first MSME Day, ICSB will host a launch event and Knowledge Summit on May 11 at the UN headquarters, where Asheesh Advani and entrepreneur Winslow Sargeant are scheduled to speak, among others.

JA Joins Organization of American States as Registered Civil Society
On April 5, the Permanent Council of the Organization of the American States (OAS) approved JA’s application to be included as a registered civil society organization in the OAS. The OAS, which brings together 35 countries in the Americas, is the world's oldest regional organization, established nearly 70 years ago to achieve collective goals of democracy, human rights, security, and development. The European Union, plus 69 countries not located in the Americas, have been given permanent observer status in the OAS.

New JA Member Countries Join the Network
Our network continues to grow, as JA Australia and JA Iceland have officially joined as member countries, while JA Ghana has restarted its operations. Please join us in welcoming and supporting these JA locations, which operate in the JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, and JA Africa regional operating centers, respectively.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

INJAZ Al-Arab | On April 10, INJAZ Al-Arab celebrated INJAZ Day with a one-day social-media campaign that reached around the world. The campaign was designed to celebrate INJAZ member countries, sponsors, partners, students, alumni, and volunteers. In 24 hours, INJAZ Day reached 650,000 people, and the campaign graphics had 1 million impressions, 30,000 engagements, and hundreds of posts and reposts from countries both in and outside of MENA. Congratulations to INJAZ Al-Arab and its 14 member countries, which plan to repeat the campaign as an annual event.

JA Europe | Late last month, JA Europe and seven member countries held a teacher-training session in Brussels, Belgium, to familiarize teachers with the new e-learning module of JA It's My Business. Funded by the European Commission, the training gave teachers the opportunity to try out the new module, which uses videos and interactive activities to introduce students to entrepreneurs, who then help students discover their interests and skills. JA locations in Bulgaria, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Romania, Spain, and Sweden will now hold local teacher trainings on the new module.

JA USA | JA Kid Professor is back! You may remember her from videos produced by JA of Southern California in 2016. With the support of the Financial Services Roundtable and in conjunction with Financial Literacy Month, JA USA has launched a new series of videos with the pint-sized professor, which are being released on JA USA's YouTube channel and Facebook page throughout April.

JA Asia Pacific | Sponsored by FedEx Express Asia Pacific and supported by the Thai Ministry of Education, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP), JA Thailand held the FedEx Express/JA International Trade Challenge (ITC) Kickoff Workshop at the United Nations Center in Bangkok, Thailand, officially kicking off the ITC season. Throughout the spring and early summer, student participants will compete at the member-country level by responding to a challenge to come up with a particular type of business or design a product for a particular use or market. Top teams in each country then qualify to compete at the ITC finals later this summer.

JA Africa | In order to further grow financial literacy and entrepreneurship in Africa, JA Africa announced during Global Money Week that it will partner with Aflatoun International, a global NGO offering financial education. The organizations will collaborate in two primary ways: by promoting each other’s work through their networks, and by sharing country profiles to identify opportunities and gaps in financial and entrepreneurship education. Together, JA Africa and Aflatoun International will also advocate for policies that encourage young people to succeed in business. Read further details in an article about the strategic benefits of the partnership, written by JA Africa CEO Elizabeth Bintliff and Aflatoun International CEO Roeland Monasch.

JA Americas | Last month, JA Americas held its first regional online innovation challenge through the Road to Success initiative, sponsored by Scotiabank. Connecting virtually, teams from 14 countries presented their Scotiaban Innovation Challenge ideas for creating a social-media awareness campaign about the importance of financial education for young adults. Congratulations to the team from JA El Salvador, which claimed the grand prize: a week in Mexico to visit Scotiabank offices and participate in an educational experience at International Forum of Entrepreneurs (FIE) Mexico, next July. Teams from Dominica and Mexico finished in second and third place, respectively. 


March 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Did you know that the JA network has over 3,600 staff members, over 50 percent of whom are located outside the United States? Did you know that our network delivered programs in over 200,000 classes in 2016, with a cost per student experience of approximately US$30? Did you know that JA Singapore has one of the highest volunteer-to-student ratios in the network? These are some of the facts that you can learn from the latest edition of the just-released 2016 JA Worldwide Factbook.

Read more about Asheesh's travels, upcoming conferences, and a new article on the WEF blog.

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JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Worldwide Releases Annual Report, Factbook, and Online Year In Review
The JA Worldwide 2016 Annual Report, Factbook, and online Year In Review are ready to download, print, or view online. Find out more about how our network serves over 10 million young people across the globe, thanks to the work of our funders, JA's six regional operating centers, over 100 JA member countries, JA local offices, 470,000+ volunteers, and 300,000+ educators. 

JA and the New York Academy of Sciences Announce Partnership
Yesterday, JA and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) Global STEM Alliance announced our new partnership and inaugural joint endeavor, the Global Youth STEM Challenge, a series of competitive challenges through which JA students will use STEM skills and business savvy to solve real-world problems. Phase 1 will engage 2,000 students from ten or more countries in STEM boot camps hosted by NYAS. With additional funding for later phases, the initiative will include a STEM business challenge, student-company development, a virtual incubator, and seed funding. Stay tuned as we report on our progress.

FedEx and JA Team Up for the FedEx Junior Business Challenge in Conjunction with the PGA
Earlier this week, FedEx announced a unique extension of the JA Company Program for JA students at five PGA TOUR cities in the United States, as part of the FedEx Cares global-giving initiative. Since 1996, FedEx has donated more than $13 million to JA Worldwide in support of small business and the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, and the FedEx Junior Business Challenge gives JA students another opportunity to hone their business skills. At each event, JA students ranging from 14 to 18 years old will pitch their team’s business concept to a panel of judges consisting of a PGA TOUR player and a variety of successful business leaders. The five U.S. cities slated for this year’s initiative include Houston, Texas (March 29); Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (May 10); Hartford, Connecticut (June 21); Akron, Ohio (August 2); and Atlanta, Georgia (late August). Each city’s winning student company will advance to the final round of the challenge this September at the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta.
Leo Martellotto and Asheesh Advani Team Up for the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2017
Leo Martellotto (President, JA Americas) and our CEO, Asheesh Advani, have co-authored an article for the WEF blog, in anticipation of the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2017, which begins April 5 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. JA Worldwide and JA Americas will both cover the three-day event (for which Asheesh is vice-chair) on social media, and about half of the sessions will be livestreamed by the WEF. Watch our social-media channels for additional details and schedules. 

Road to the Ivy League Program Offers Discount for JA Students
The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University and the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in New York, NY, have partnered with JA to offer a 10 percent discount for outstanding JA high school students who attend the Road to the Ivy League: U.S. Immersion Program. The course, which runs from July 23 through August 6, offers classes in both Hanover, NH, and New York City (transportation is provided between the two) that are designed for high-achieving students who seek a transformative, out-of-classroom experience that builds their leadership potential and prepares them for an Ivy League education. Students use the code "JuniorAchievement" to subtract their JA discount, but act fast: The priority deadline is April 15; final deadline, June 15.

Road to the Ivy League Program offers discount for JA students. Photo credit: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

Road to the Ivy League Program offers discount for JA students. Photo credit: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.

Financial Literacy and Volunteer Celebrations Begin in April
In many parts of the world, April is financial-literacy month and/or volunteer-appreciation month. (In addition, several JA locations are celebrating European Money Week right now: March 27 through 31!) JA Worldwide will participate in the April celebrations via social media, and will share customizable graphics on Brand Central (password: brandcental) for your team to use, as desired. Please also tag JA Worldwide in your posts and tweets about these upcoming celebrations.

Next Generation Leaders Forum Registration Opens
Registration is now open for JA Canada's Next Generation Leaders Forum (August 20–25 in Ontario, Canada). The week-long opportunity for JA students to sharpen their leadership skills and collaborate with global peers is open to young people from all over the world.

GLC Will Honor Individuals and JA Locations with Prestigious Awards
In addition to exciting keynote speakers, professional development, practical tools, and networking opportunities at the Global Leadership Conference (GLC) July 17–20, you can add "prestigious awards" to the list of reasons to attend. Find out more about nominations and applications for the Lifetime Achievement Award and Soraya Salti Award for JA staff, and the JA Collaboration Award and JA Alumni Engagement Award for JA offices, all of which will open for submissions next week. In addition, registration for GLC, including hotel accommodations, opens April 10.

Delta Sky Magazine Features JA
Did you travel on Delta this month? If so, you may have seen the Delta Sky Magazine feature on JA, which discusses Delta's partnership in 23 JA locations. "In cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Salt Lake City," the article says, "Delta contributed a Delta Sky Club storefront to JA's Finance Park and JA City—programs that simulate real-life situations at stores, shops, and financial institutions to give students firsthand decision-making experience and skills to manage personal finances."

Inc. Magazine Calls JA "the Granddaddy of Youth Entrepreneurship"
Inc. Magazine recently listed nine organizations that are turning kids Into entrepreneurs. Giving the largest space to JA, Inc. calls JA "the granddaddy of youth entrepreneurship" and discusses, among other innovations, our cutting-edge school-within-a-school concept called JA Academy. Read more

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Europe | JA Europe has been instrumental in developing the European Platform for Financial Education, a tool to improve financial education in Europe that launched last month. Additional founding partners include the European Banking Federation (EBF), Better Finance, the European Banking Training Network, EFAMA, Eurochambres, InsuranceEurope, and the European Microfinance Network. The new platform offers partners the opportunity to exchange information and ideas, and to facilitate discussions on how the European Union can play a leading role in advancing financial literacy.

JA USA | JA USA will publish the 2017 JA Teens and Personal Finance Survey in early April. This year's survey focuses on teens' understanding of taxes and 401Ks; their income expectations; and the impact that Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Paypal have on the way teens pay for items. We've created a page with the report's assets, but please keep in mind that these materials are under embargo until April 3.

JA Africa | CEO Elizabeth Bintliff has been selected as one of the 2017 Tutu Fellows, a program "for exceptional African leaders . . . who use their leadership abilities to help transform the continent." Elizabeth joins 25 other African leaders selected from a pool of 300 applicants.

JA Africa is also excited to welcome Bunmi Banjo to its Board of Directors. Bunmi is the Head of Brand, Reputation and Digital Skills at Google Africa. Her passion for digital education for young people intersects with JA Africa's strategy to improve digital literacy among Africa's youth as a pathway to improve work readiness.

JA Americas | Rodrigo Prieto, who participated in the JA Company Program in Mexico three decades ago, was nominated by the Academy for the “Best Cinematography” Oscar, for Martin Scorsese's movie Silence. Rodrigo’s JA Company, Ideart, was chosen the best of its generation, and he was in charge of filming the company's advertising spots.

JA alumni Rodrigo Prieto was nominated for an Academy Award. Photo credit: JA Mexico.

JA alumni Rodrigo Prieto was nominated for an Academy Award. Photo credit: JA Mexico.

MOU signing ceremony officiated by representatives from the Education Ministry of Sidoarjo, Prudence Foundation, JA Asia Pacific, and PJI to have the Cha-Ching Curriculum implemented in the schools of Sidoarjo, Indonesia. Photo credit: JA Asia Pacific.

MOU signing ceremony officiated by representatives from the Education Ministry of Sidoarjo, Prudence Foundation, JA Asia Pacific, and PJI to have the Cha-Ching Curriculum implemented in the schools of Sidoarjo, Indonesia. Photo credit: JA Asia Pacific.

INJAZ Al-Arab | Voices of Hope, a campaign by MBC Al-Amal in partnership with INJAZ Al-Arab, launched in Aswan, Egypt, on March 16 with over 650 students. The campaign, designed to spread awareness of various career options through speaker events at schools across the region, brings individuals who have succeeded in the private sector to high schools and universities, so that they can share their stories with students and inspire them to pursue business career paths.

JA Asia Pacific | Prestasi Junior Indonesia (PJI) broke new ground by signing an MOU to have the Cha-Ching Curriculum implemented in the schools of Sidoarjo, Indonesia, starting March 1. With the support of the Prudence Foundation and under the leadership of Rob Gardiner and the dedication of Vitis Rakhma of PJI, over 500 teachers have been trained to deliver the Cha-Ching Curriculum to develop responsible leaders. 


February 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for re-tweeting and forwarding my article about self-efficacy around the JA network. I’ve received notes from many of you about the article, which helps articulate how our programs can help kids prepare for the future, despite the pace of change and uncertainty about jobs. We've posted more articles from leaders across the JA network, such as Michael MerciecaElizabeth Bintliff, and Margie Wang, in our online magazine, JA Good Company, which uses the Medium platform to broadcast thought leadership. Check it out—and please continue to share the postings to your social networks. The JA social-media network now reaches well over 1.5 million followers, and is our most cost-effective way to spread our message.

We’ve had a busy few weeks since our last newsletter, ranging from a Board of Governors meeting in Doha, Qatar, to a Senior Leadership Team offsite meeting and a productive visit to Davos for the World Economic Forum. Read more for a brief summary.

Warm regards,
Asheesh

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JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Asia Pacific Kicks Off Its 2017 Company of the Year Competition
The JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Competition is underway in Tokyo, Japan. Yesterday, global partner FedEx hosted the FedEx Access Seminar, which supports global access and connectivity, community impact, and environmental sustainability for JA students around the world. (Students also loved the selfie sticks FedEx gave to each of them!) Catch the last day of action by following JA Asia Pacific on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

From left to right: JA Asia Pacific President, Vivan Lau, with FedEx executives. JA Japan Board Chair, Hideo Sagawa. FedEx Worldwide Account Manager, Katsuyoshi Kataoka. Students ask questions during the FedEx Access Seminar. Bottom: Students enjoy FedEx selfie sticks.

From left to right: JA Asia Pacific President, Vivan Lau, with FedEx executives. JA Japan Board Chair, Hideo Sagawa. FedEx Worldwide Account Manager, Katsuyoshi Kataoka. Students ask questions during the FedEx Access Seminar. Bottom: Students enjoy FedEx selfie sticks.

Bloomberg LP Offers Scholarships to JA Students
Bloomberg LP is offering scholarships to high achieving, need-based JA students. This opportunity is open to students in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America who will begin their studies at a bona fide college, university, vocational school, or polytechnic school by January 2018. Awarded students will receive up to USD $5,000 per year. As part of the application, students will be required to provide contact information for their JA local office, which will then receive an electronic link to submit its nomination. The application portal closes on March 2, and students will be notified in late April. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Brandie Conforti and Laura Pedrosa at JA Worldwide.

ADP Foundation Offers Grants to the JA Network
The ADP Foundation has launched the third year of its ADP Team Building initiative with JA Worldwide. When a group of six or more ADP volunteers delivers a JA program, the ADP Foundation will award $2,500, up to two per ADP office in 2017, to the local JA organization. To find out whether your location qualifies and to develop a relationship with a local ADP office, check the USA list or check the outside-of-the USA list and contact ADP’s Flor Wickham. You can also access the ADP Team Building 2017 JA Request Form & FAQs. Still have questions? Contact Karen Ochsner.

Global Leadership Conference (GLC) Takes Shape
Are you ready for the 2017 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, this July? In collaboration with JA USA and JA of Georgia, we're creating an agenda driving us closer to One JA, with opportunities to focus both on the organization and on the individuals who make us proud.

With expected attendance topping 400 people, GLC will offer a unique opportunity to network with fellow JA associates, share opportunities and challenges, and create lifelong friendships. We're planning a balance of inspiration and practical, take-home tools. The agenda includes a keynote technology futurist to help us picture the implications of drones, driverless cars, robotics, and artificial intelligence on youth employment, plus plenary and break-out sessions in preparation of JA’s Centennial in 2019, personal development opportunities, and engagement with JA alumni. We've also left room for peer-to-peer conversations over coffee, along with some time to see Atlanta. Visit the GLC webpage for more information about the conference venue and process for nominating teams and individuals for awards that will be featured at GLC.  Registration will open in early April.  For visa requests and questions, contact Erin Martin.

C4G Joins JA as Salesforce/NPSP Partner
Since the announcement of the migration from Salesforce/NGOC to the new Salesforce/NPSP application, the JA Worldwide Operations Department—Joe Tortora, Erin Martin, and Margie Wang—have been working to secure a partner for this project. After an extensive RFP process, the group is happy to report that JA Worldwide has signed a contract with Cloud for Good (C4G), a Preferred Salesforce.Org Partner with over 1,000 nonprofit implementations. All C4G consultants hold at least one Salesforce certification, and all have nonprofit work experience, deep knowledge of both NGOC and NPSP, and successful conversions of other clients from Salesforce/NGOC to Salesforce/NPSP.

The team is planning discovery sessions among C4G and JA’s subject matter experts (SMEs), and sessions will cover fundraising, volunteer management, alumni, and more. Individual SMEs from ROCs and member countries are being identified now and will be invited to participate. We look forward to collaborating with ROCs and member countries, as we leverage the value of Salesforce for the entire organization.

Program Central Awaits Your Data
Following the successful launch of the JA Program Central portal in summer of 2016, it's time to put the portal to use within your team and ensure that your programs are up to date. Login and update your student numbers, submit information on new programs, and update data on your existing programs. Have questions? Contact your ROC or Erin Martin.

Bechtel Renews Signature Program Partnership
Bechtel has announced that it is renewing the Building Future Leaders initiative for the sixth year with 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 all six JA regions. Contact Karen Ochsner for questions about JA's partnership with Bechtel. 

This weekend, Bechtel also premiered Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen movie aimed at inspiring young innovators to change the world. Visit dreambigfilm.com for theaters and showtimes in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

World Economic Forum Panels Highlight JA
Last month, our CEO, Asheesh Advani, was invited to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, where he joined a panel of distinguished guests to talk about "Reshaping the Education Ecosystem." In addition, Shaping Davos—a series of live-streamed events during WEF Annual Meeting and hosted by the Global Shapers Community—invited Asheesh to discuss "Meeting the Youth Imperative." In April, Asheesh will also co-chair the World Economic Forum on Latin America in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where JA Americas has had a big role in past years. Read more about Asheesh's Davos experience in this month's CEO letter

HBX Credential of Readiness Now Open to JA Volunteers
Thanks to JA's partnership with Harvard Business School, JA volunteers are now eligible to receive preferential pricing on the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe), which includes a 20 percent discount on and streamlined registration for this career-building trio of online business courses taught by Harvard Business School faculty. Watch videos, read FAQs, and register at https://jaworldwide.org/hbx.

Mark Cuban Recalls His JA Days
Billionaire investor Mark Cuban—of Shark Tank and Dallas Mavericks NBA fame—got his start at JA of Western Pennsylvania, USA. "If a kid has any interest in starting or running a business," he said in a recent article, "JA is unquestionably the place to start. Not to be the next Mark Cuban. To be the person any of us dream of being.”

JA Assembling Your Career Offers a STEM Solution
Thanks to a grant from Alcoa Foundation, JA offers a unique STEM supplement for middle-school and high-school students, which links the STEM skills they learn in school to high-demand careers that utilize those skills. JA Assembling Your Career can either be delivered in three, standalone 45-minute sessions or combined with existing JA programs. The accompanying Guide for Volunteers & Teachers offers step-by-step session instructions for the online simulation, discussion questions for student interaction, and pre- and post-tests. Check out the simulation—which is enjoyable for JA staff as well as students!

REGIONAL UPDATES

JA USA | JA USA announced last week that it will honor 64 organizations with the 2015–2016 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Awards. The organizations receiving the awards, which provided Junior Achievement with significant volunteer resources, will be recognized at an awards ceremony as part of the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express, on March 7, 2017 in New York, NY. This ceremony takes place in conjunction with JA USA’s quarterly national board of directors’ meeting.

During last year's event, JA USA President Jack Kosakowski (left) and then JA USA Chair Cathy Brune (right) presented Jim Carroll, Global Managing Director of Government Relations for Accenture and JA USA Board Member (center), with the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Photo credit: JA USA.

During last year's event, JA USA President Jack Kosakowski (left) and then JA USA Chair Cathy Brune (right) presented Jim Carroll, Global Managing Director of Government Relations for Accenture and JA USA Board Member (center), with the Gold President’s Volunteer Service Award. Photo credit: JA USA.

JA Africa | On January 19, JA Ghana relaunched after two years of dormancy. With a ceremony on the premises of the Orios Group, the newly reinstated member country welcomed seven new board members from Prudential Life Insurance, Newmont Mining Corporation, Abraaj, Standard Chartered, and other Ghanan corporations. To celebrate the launch, JA Ghana also hosted a STEM Challenge with GE and invited 119 students from the Unity Cluster of Schools to work with GE Ghana staff as well as additional volunteers. A hearty congratulations to both JA Ghana and JA Africa!

JA Ghana GE STEM Challenge. Photo credit: Marmo's Studios, Ghana.

JA Ghana GE STEM Challenge. Photo credit: Marmo's Studios, Ghana.

JA Europe | Last month, JA Europe, JA Italy, and the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) hosted a roundtable discussion in Rome with business leaders, educators, and Ministry representatives from nine European countries. The Italian Ministry of Education presented progress in the Buona Scuola Law, which requires that every student has access to work-related experience during the last three years of upper secondary level. The law has grown JA Italy’s Company Program 38 percent in the last year and will give 1.15 million students the work experience they need to succeed in their careers. In addition, participants discussed preliminary findings of the Innovation Cluster for Entrepreneurship Education (ICEE) research that will be published this fall. Three European HUB experts then presented and discussed policy recommendations, while the Chair of JA Italy officially launched EE-HUB Italy: 17 partners working together under the leadership of JA Italy to promote entrepreneurship education as a vehicle for the development of soft skills, preparation for the world of work, and a grounding in the skills needed for active citizenship. JA Europe is now working with with Citi to develop similar HUBs in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey.

INJAZ Al-Arab | Last week, INJAZ Al-Arab launched version 2.0 of Expand Your Horizon, an initiative for young people to build their careers through MENA's fastest-growing industries: technology, hospitality, and media. Private-sector giants GE, Marriott International, and MBC Group are the partner companies taking applications for paid and unpaid internships, which target Arab youth up to age 25 who are high-school or college graduates. 

INJAZ Al-Arab also partnered with Deloitte to launch Opportunities for Arab youth employment in the hospitality, technology and media industries in the MENA region, the findings on which Expand Your Horizon 2.0 is based.

JA Americas | Finance Park of JA Mexico has now reached 100,000 young people during its first ten years. Throughout the last decade, youth from all over the country have learned to create a budget, stick to their assigned salaries, differentiate fixed expenses from variable ones, and understand the importance of savings. They've also become aware of the importance of staying in school to improve their income potential and quality of life. Congratulations JA Mexico and JA Americas!

JA Mexico Finance Park. Photo credit: JA Americas.

JA Mexico Finance Park. Photo credit: JA Americas.

JA Asia Pacific | Just in time for the 2017 Company of the Year Competition in Tokyo, Japan, JA Asia Pacific has launched an Instagram account. Head over to the 'Gram and follow @jaasiapacific.

From left to right, JA Japan Executive Director Yoriko Kuroki; JA Asia Pacific Board Chair, Steve Wong; JA Asia Pacific President, Vivian Lau. Photo credit: JA Asia Pacific.

From left to right, JA Japan Executive Director Yoriko Kuroki; JA Asia Pacific Board Chair, Steve Wong; JA Asia Pacific President, Vivian Lau. Photo credit: JA Asia Pacific.


January 2017

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Later today, at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, I’ll be speaking on a panel called “Reshaping the Education Ecosystem," which will focus on three areas: envisioning future-ready curricula; promoting exposure to work; and advancing digital fluency. I'm excited to be speaking on such an important topic in a session that will be in front of the CEOs of some of our largest potential funders.

Unfortunately, the session won't be livestreamed, so, in order to share this conversation with you, I've written an article for our thought-leadership magazine, Good Company, that focuses on the one skill set I believe will reshape the education ecosystem more than any other: self-efficacy. In addition, in next month's newsletter, I'll share highlights of what was discussed by the panel, along with updates from the JA Worldwide/INJAZ Al-Arab joint board meeting later this month in Doha.

 

Until then,
Asheesh

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JA Europe | The EU grant that initially supported the development of the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) ended in November, with outstanding results. In three years of implementation:

  • A certification package was adapted and translated in 20 languages.
  • Over 1,700 teachers were trained in 850 schools, leading to 5,881 ESP holders.
  • Almost 300 businesses sponsored students and offered further opportunities, including 116 networking activities.
  • 25 member countries/organizations across Europe are now running the ESP.

Take a look at Caroline Jenner's recent interview on the impact of the ESP. The future is bright for the ESP's possible expansion!

Photo: JA Europe.

Photo: JA Europe.

JA Africa | Over the last two years, 12,000 Zimbabwean young people have benefited from the Zimbabwe:Works project, which is supported through funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), working alongside local NGOs like JA Zimbabwe.

Consider, for example, Rudo Mazhandu. Even with a degree in chemical engineering, Rudo faced the reality of unemployment after graduation. She worked briefly in the public sector as a secondary school teacher, but low pay, coupled with the underutilization of her skills, led to her leaving the field in less than a year. Then, in December 2014, Rudo decided to utilize her chemical-engineering skills and start a green-bar soap-making enterprise. She joined the Zimbabwe:Works project in March 2016 and began learning life skills that were integrated with entrepreneurship and management training. She called the program a "turning point"  in her business. As she learned more about customer care, marketing, record-keeping, and adherence to operating regulations, she transformed the way she conducted business, and she was able to expand her operations. "In March 2016," Rudo said, "I operated in a very small room, but the training offered by Zimbabwe:Works opened avenues of operating with growth in mind. I moved from the small room in June 2016, and currently l’m renting a much bigger warehouse for my soap-production business.”

Photo: JA Zimbabwe.

Photo: JA Zimbabwe.

JA Americas | During the Partner’s Cocktail in México City last monthsupported by HSBC and hosted by JA Americas and JA MéxicoSAP received the most important recognition granted to a JA Americas' regional partner: the Transforming Education Award. Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP for Latin America and the Caribbean, and a member of the JA Americas' Board, accepted the award, which is given to only one regional partner each year. SAP recently renewed its commitment to continue inspiring young people to prepare for the workforce of the future. The organization also supports key regional JA initiatives, like Latin Code Week, which focuses youth on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs through a combination of digital components, coding elements, and life skills.

Previous winners include the Citi Foundation in 2014 and MasterCard in 2015.

Photo: JA Americas.

Photo: JA Americas.

Photo: JA Americas.

Photo: JA Americas.

JA Asia Pacific | JA China held its annual team-building and and talent-development retreat in Hong Kong last week. JA Asia Pacific President Vivian Lau attended and spoke at the dinner event (see photo at the top of this email).

Meanwhile the entire region is gearing up for the first Company of the Year Competition of 2017, which runs February 19–22 in Tokyo, Japan. Roughly 60 students from the region will compete for the top three Company of the Year spots, as well as prestigious awards from major sponsors. Judges will evaluate companies on four measures: the company report, the stage presentation, an interview with the judges, and the company's trade-fair booth. Attending the Asia Pacific #COY17 is a fantastic opportunity for board and SLT members to network, or for staff to use as a cross-regional exchange. 

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INJAZ Al-Arab | The Expand Your Horizon (EYH) Campaign, designed to help boost employment of Arab youth by educating them on the benefits of jobs in the private sector and entrepreneurship opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa, won gold at the 2016 Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) for best Corporate Social Responsibility. Congratulations, INJAZ Al-Arab! MBC Al-Amal, Marriott International, Boeing, Aramex, Wamda, Bayt.com, and YouGov were the main partners, in addition to support provided by Hill+Knowlton Strategies in carrying the vision of INJAZ Al-Arab through the campaign. 

JA USA | Through the support of the Citi Foundation, JA USA created JA My Way, an online, interactive one-stop shop for teens to help them better understand how to manage money, choose a career, and start a business. Launched in July 2015, JA My Way is a free, online experience that uses personality tests, interactive games, assessment tools, and educational resources to help teens explore opportunities in 16 career clusters, learn what it takes to pay for college, refine their resume creation and job hunting skills, and delve into the steps necessary to become a successful entrepreneur. The collaboration between JA and the Citi Foundation expanded into 2016 with another generous grant of $250,000. This two-year grant supports virtual and in-person program and change-management training supporting JA's adoption of blended learning. These new trainings promote best practices and use the most current train-the-trainer models. During the latest grant period, JA will roll out its new learning platform. The Citi Foundation's support ensures that JA associates across the country are able to take full advantage of this new and exciting education-delivery model.

 Junior Achievement volunteers work with students in Rochester, NY.  June 16, 2016.  Photo by Ellen Jaskol

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December 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

What a great year we had throughout the JA network! Relive it with a fun video showing our highlights and successes. And thanks to every one of you as you help young people around the world achieve their goals and better their communities.

Warm regards,
Asheesh

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JA Africa | JA Africa held an exciting Company of the Year Competition in Harare, Zimbabwe, earlier this month. The winning team, Hawk Art from Swaziland (shown below), produced and sold beautiful artwork made only with tacks and string. See photos, videos, and other award winners.

Photo: JA Africa

Photo: JA Africa

Photo: JA Africa

Photo: JA Africa

Photo: JA Africa

Photo: JA Africa

JA Americas | JA Americas' Company of the Year Competition in Mexico City this month featured a wide range of companies and products. Jamaica's JahScents (shown at the top of this newsletter) won both Company of the Year and the Delta Social Impact Award. Check out our summary of the event.

When JA Americas' COY Reporter, Hipolito Del Franco, snapped this photo of JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, from behind the scenes, Leo tweeted, "This why I am so passionate about what I do, because I get contagious by youth, by their energy and spirit . . . by their love for selfies."

When JA Americas' COY Reporter, Hipolito Del Franco, snapped this photo of JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, from behind the scenes, Leo tweeted, "This why I am so passionate about what I do, because I get contagious by youth, by their energy and spirit . . . by their love for selfies."

JA Asia Pacific | Member countries have been holding their Company of the Year competitions, in anticipation of February's regional final in Japan. Stay tuned for details and updates.

Photo: JA Hong Kong

Photo: JA Hong Kong

JA Europe | Earlier this month, JA Europe held its Annual Conference, at which leaders of JA member countries connected with colleagues, discussed processes and procedures, and shared best practices. 

Photo: JA Europe

Photo: JA Europe

INJAZ Al-Arab | INJAZ Al-Arab introduced its first digital annual report in mid-December, creating an online version of the region's successes. Take a look: annual-report.injazalarab.org.

JA USA | JA USA's collaboration with American Honda Finance Corporation was recently featured on Modern Living with Kathy Ireland. To catch up on the interview with JA USA CEO Jack Kosakowski and David Paul of American Honda Finance, watch this video.

Photo: Junior Achievement USA

Photo: Junior Achievement USA

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November 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Last week, I attended the INJAZ Young Entrepreneur’s Competition (YEC), the 10th annual competition in the JA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Among the many inspiring elements of the event, the one that I’ll remember most was attending the inaugural elections for the newly formed alumni association for MENA. Read more.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Launches Partnership with IAAPA
Earlier this month, we joined with the IAAPA Foundation to officially launch our new global partnership at the IAAPA Expo, the world’s largest attractions industry conference and trade show, in Orlando, Florida, USA. During the week, we met with IAAPA Members, promoted our new partnership, and joined with JA of Central Florida to provide an onsite JA Job Shadow experience for 30 JA students, who studied the attractions industry, met with industry leaders, and explored the trade show firsthand. The broad spectrum of IAAPA membership includes not only industry giants such as Disney and Universal, but also attractions investors, developers, suppliers, and smaller family amusements, all of which provide a career pathway for young people. Building on the excitement generated in Orlando, we will work with the IAAPA Foundation to provide personal introductions among JA and IAAPA members who have already expressed a strong interest in exploring regional and local opportunities for JA Job Shadow, hosting JA events, and more. Please direct questions to Carolyn Bassett, pictured below with the IAAPA Foundation—and minions!

HBX CORe Webinar Set for December 14
The HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) comes to you straight from Harvard Business School faculty: They designed the platform, created the content, and deliver the courses. CORe students take three business courses (Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting) with a network of global peers, and JA alumni receive preferential pricing. Find out more about HBX CORe for JA alumni during a joint JA-HBX webinar at 9am EST on Wednesday, December 14.

INJAZ Al-Arab Announces Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series
One year ago, the JA community mourned the loss of former INJAZ Al-Arab President and CEO, Soraya Salti. During the MBC Hope Annual Awards Ceremony in early November, INJAZ Al-Arab CEO, Akef Aqrabawi, JISR Venture Partners Founder and Chairman, Waleed AlBanawi, and General Manager of Sheraa, Najla Al-Midfa, announced the Soraya Salti Youth for Youth Series in her honor. The speaker and workshop series, based at the Columbia University Global Center in Amman, Jordan, will be created by youth and for youth and will focus on gender equality, entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership.

Save the Date . . . and Take Our Global Leadership Conference Survey
Get ready for Global Leadership Conference 2017, a conference of strategy, collaboration, network sharing, and fun. Hosted by JA USA and JA Georgia in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, GLC 2017 offers a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded, passionate colleagues with a mix of inspiration, best-practice sharing, and down-to-business workshops in the areas of programs, marketing, fundraising, operations, and more. To maximize the investment of your time at the conference, please kindly complete a short, five-question survey by December 15, and let us know what an effective conference experience looks like to you.

Hewitt Annual Reporting Wraps Up
The Hewitt reporting system is now officially closed, and the compilation of submitted data is complete. The data you submitted is central not only for completing the Annual Report and Factbook, but also for funder- and grant-compliance reporting and JA’s strategic-planning efforts. Thank you for providing your data within the established timeline!

Asheesh Records McGill University Podcast
Asheesh met with Karl Moore—author, columnist, McGill University professor, and host of The CEO Series—to discuss business trends, offer advice to budding entrepreneurs, and more. Listen to the inspiring podcast.

JA New York Gala Honors Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi
JA of New York held its annual gala-fundraiser, which honored Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi, CEO of Citi Holdings and Chair of our Board of Governors, and Linda Chan, the JA New York 2016 Student of the Year. Check out photos of the event, which raised $800,000 to support the delivery of financial-literacy, entrepreneurship, and work-readiness programs.

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INJAZ Al-Arab | Twenty companies from 13 countries competed for nine prestigious awards in Bahrain last week, during the INJAZ Young Entrepreneurs Competition. INJAZ Al-Arab and INJAZ Bahrain did a tremendous job hosting the 10th annual YEC. We've summarized the event with a Storify.

Ten days earlier, INJAZ Al-Arab's Chief Development Officer, Nickolas Neibauer, spoke at Harvard University's Arab Weekend, focusing on "Bright Spots in Education in the Arab World."

JA Americas | JA Americas and JA Mexico will host the Americas Company of the Year Competition on December 3–6 in Mexico City. Thanks to sponsors FedEx and Delta, 21 teams from 14 countries will compete, and a student reporter will cover the event live. Follow JA Americas and JA México on Twitter for updates. 

In addition, JA Canada spent the month of November offering a 30 Day Savings Challenge, with day-by-day advice on saving, budgeting, and personal finance. Visit JA Canada's Facebook page to review the entire series.

JA USA | JA USA and ORC International released a survey this month showing that 87 percent of teens are interested in starting their own businesses. According to survey results, nearly half (47%) of teens who expressed an interest will follow up only if given information on how to run a business, while one-in-five (20%) will do so only if someone is willing to lend them money to start a business. One-in-ten (11%) will start a business if they know someone who owns a business, while nearly as many (9%) will need to see a family member run his or her own business in order to feel confident enough to become an entrepreneur.

JA Africa | JA Africa and JA Zimbabwe are gearing up for the annual Company of the Year Competition, sponsored by Citi and FedEx, from December 7–9 in Harare, Zimbabe. Follow JA Africa and JA Zimbabwe on Twitter, as well as the hashtag #COY2016.

JA Africa also just launched a beautiful new website! Take a look

JA Europe | JA Europe recently hosted the 4th annual AmCham EU 2016 Youth Entrepreneurship Award, which showcases young entrepreneurs who have a business concept with strong growth potential. Startup companies that apply must consist of at least one JA alumni, and the winning company not only earns a cash prize of 10,000€, but also gains access to expert mentors selected from across the membership of AmCham EU (the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union). This year's winner, MeetingPackage.com, is a Finnish online platform used to book meeting rooms. 

JA Asia Pacific | Recently, JA Hong Kong hosted the JA Asia Pacific Expert Sharing Seminar, through which more than 200 JA Company Program alumni came together to share insights into their career and lives.

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October 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Earlier this month, I had a chance to participate in a unique job-shadowing experience. Rather than having a student follow me around the office as my shadow, I followed one of JA’s governors as his shadow for a full day. It was an eye-opening experience.

I job-shadowed Jonas Prising, CEO of Manpower Group, who also serves as the Vice Chair of the JA Worldwide Board of Governors. Jonas is the former Chair of the JA USA Board of Directors and previously served on the JA Italy board when he was living in Europe. Like JA, Manpower is a global organization, with staff in more than 80 countries, who manage over 3 million global job placements each year.

I learned several lessons from Jonas and his team during the course of the day, which started at 7:00 a.m. with a senior-management conference call, and continued with back-to-back meetings until my flight departed in the evening. Read more.

JA SPOTLIGHT

LinkedIn Offers Free Courses through Sunday, October 30
For five more days, LinkedIn's new learning initiative is offering hundreds of online business, creative, and technology courses for free. Business topics include web marketing, social media, coding, instructional design, finance and accounting, and leadership and management. Optional "learning paths" bundle relevant courses together, making it easy to combine skills in order to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Johnson & Johnson Pilots STEM2D Initiative
The Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey (USA), recently hosted 90 elementary school students from two local schools to conduct one of seven STEM2D (science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design) pilots. Utilizing the STEM2D Resource Guide, J&J professionals delivered seven science workshops, and students explored the center’s experiential exhibits and watched 3D-printer demonstrations throughout the day. In addition, JA South Africa kicked off its STEM2D pilot to positive feedback from J&J volunteers and their 5th grade JA Our Nation students. Following the completion of the Our Nation program, J&J volunteers will deliver one additional activity developed specifically for the STEM2D initiative, focusing on engineering principles. Additional STEM2D pilots are scheduled throughout November.

JA Discusses Empowering Youth at the IMF/World Bank Forum
JA was represented at the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum in Washington, D.C., where JA Americas sponsored a session entitled, "Empowering Youth: Work Readiness and Skills Training for the 21st Century." JA Americas' President, Leo Martellotto, was a panelist for the session.

Program Central Ready for Your Team's Use and Innovation
Following the successful launch of the JA Program Central portal this summer, it's time to put the new portal to use within your team! The portal includes the ability to search programs by JA pillar, country, student age, or a combination, and you can also see which JA countries and areas run a specific program, get information on a program's impact, and more. Create your own account and start searching today.

JA Attends CGI to "Translate Good Ideas into Real Results"
COO/CFO Margie Wang and CEO Asheesh Advani attended the twelfth and final CGI conference, after receiving an invitation from JA alumna Donna Shalala. Topics ranged from women and girls in sustainable development, workforce development, gender equity, impact investing, the refugee crisis, and more. To catch up on what Margie and Asheesh heard, read highlights of the conference or watch videos of livestreamed sessions.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Africa | UK-based Teach a Man to Fish, with a mission to end youth unemployment and poverty by supporting schools to set up profitable and educational school businesses, recently awarded JA Africa the Future Partner Prize during the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education. The prize will enable a Social Enterprise Challenge, which will set up small businesses in selected schools in Zimbabwe. JA Africa and two other organizations were interviewed about their work and their plans for using education to improve the lives of young people in a special interview. Read the interview here

INJAZ Al-Arab | INJAZ Egypt launched an entrepreneur-exchange program with Silicon Valley tech companies, during which ten INJAZ alumni spent two weeks touring Facebook, Apple, Uber, Twitter, Google, Visa, Airbnb, and more. Through workshops and mentorship sessions, students learned to pitch to investors and grow startups into profitable businesses. Now that they're back in Egypt, the ten alumni will share their experiences and lessons learned with aspiring entrepreneurs across the country.

Photo courtesy of INJAZ Al-Arab.

Photo courtesy of INJAZ Al-Arab.

JA Asia Pacific | Vivian Lau spoke about engaging and mentoring young people at CPA Australia’s 60th anniversary Leadership Forum in Hong Kong. The event brought together leaders from government, business, and education to share insights on and discuss solutions for the region.

JA USA | The Financial Services Roundtable Foundation announced a $10,000 grant to JA USA to create more JA Kid Professor videos, the brainchild of JA Southern California. “The goal of JA Kid Professor is to employ a digital outreach to raise awareness about the need for young people to learn responsible money management during Financial Literacy Month in April,” said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of JA USA. Watch one of last year's JA Kid Professor videos, below.

JA Americas | JA Americas and SAP launched Latin Code Week in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia. The digital-literacy initiative trains young people in coding, business skills, and life skills, enabling them to drive Latin America’s development in the digital economy. 

JA Europe | JA Europe and Visa Europe launched a new report on financial education with a presentation and discussion at the Financial Education Roundtable in Brussels. The study combines the results of a pan-European survey of 500 employers (who were asked to identify the financial skills and knowledge they require from young workers) with five national case studies of best practices in Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.

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September 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

September has been a great month for JA. We’re starting to raise our visibility at some of the largest conferences in the world for NGOs in our field. In addition, we’re making progress on delivering more value to the network by arranging for new benefits for our alumni, in order to promote their continued engagement with JA.

Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA News from Around the World Celebrates One Year of Network News!
A dozen newsletters, over 150 stories, and a more connected network. Watch the slideshow below for more.

JA and Harvard Business School's Digital-Learning Initiative Team Up to Offer CORe Certificate to Alumni
The Ivy League is no longer out of reach for JA Alumni around the world. JA Worldwide and HBX—Harvard Business School's digital-learning initiative—have teamed up to offer JA alumni streamlined admissions and preferential pricing on HBX's Credential of Readiness (CORe), the online program of business fundamentals developed by Harvard Business School that reaches young professionals on six continents. For the next few months, alumni who register through JA will receive a 20% discount on the program's suite of three courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting—all attended through the convenience of a computer or tablet. Upon completion, JA alumni will be fluent in the language of business, without the hefty price tag of an MBA. Please share this wonderful opportunity (which lasts until February 2017) with the alumni in your network as soon as you can, as cohorts begin in October, November, and January.

Board of Governors Review 20172022 Strategic Plan Draft

Strategy& (a division of PWC) has completed its year-long pro-bono work to develop a JA Worldwide strategic plan for 2017 through 2022. After surveying more than 200 JA staff and board members from all six JA regions and conducting over 40 in-depth interviews with global funders, external experts, and staff leaders, the Strategy& consultants worked with an internal team to develop a draft of the plan, which the Strategy Committee, led by Jonas Prising, CEO of Manpower Group, presented at the JA Worldwide board meeting in Washington, D.C. The plan reflects the priorities that both staff and funders hope to see from the worldwide organization, especially in four key areas:

  • Defining and communicating our global impact
  • Supporting human capital throughout the network to achieve sustainable growth
  • Expanding the network's funding base
  • Strengthening network alignment

After animated discussion and feedback, the plan will be updated and sent to ROC leaders, who are excited by the plan's implications for regional strategic planning.

Johnson & Johnson STEM2D Pilot Website Launches

The J&J WiSTEM2D project announced this spring has achieved its first goal: a website for volunteers working with the seven pilots around the world, including Ireland, the UK, South Africa, and the United States. J&J scientists and other volunteers can use the site to download a STEM2D Resource Guide to help prepare for volunteering, and to access nine companion STEM2D activities (science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design). Together with J&J and our partner FHI360, we believe that a better equipped, more empowered volunteer has increased confidence interacting with young people, thus creating a spark of interest through which girls and young women can begin to identify with STEM2D. Between now and December, volunteers in the pilot areas will access the site, utilize materials, and offer feedback to inform revisions for year two, with a focus on broader socialization and use of these materials throughout the JA network. Stay tuned!

Save the Date for the 2017 Global Leadership Conference
Where can you hear from inspiring JA alumni and global thought leaders, share ideas and best practices from your JA location, tackle your biggest challenges in collaborative and creative small groups, and connect with JA colleagues around the world? At the 2017 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA! Be sure to reserve July 17–20, 2017, on your calendar, as the GLC will bring senior staff together as "One JA.” We’re excited to work with JA USA to put on this global conference, which provides us all with a unique opportunity for collaboration across the global network, including U.S. area offices. We can't wait to see our entire JA network together in 2017.

What's On the Minds of Today's Youth?
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is a network developed and led by young people who are driven to make a contribution to their communities. JA has been deepening our relationship with this organization and is finding ways for our alumni to become Global Shapers in cities and regions across the world, associated with one of over 400 hubs. One of the initiatives of interest to our network is that WEF conducts an annual survey of young people around the world using the Global Shapers platform. The survey results are worth exploring to understand what’s on the minds of today’s youth.

JA of Greater Washington (USA) Student Talks to JA Worldwide Board About Entrepreneurship Summit Experience
Last summer, 9th-grader Zoree Jones participated in the JA of Greater Washington Entrepreneurship Summit, where she received the Rising Star Award and served as CEO of her company. Watch the speech Zoree gave earlier this month to the JA Board of Governors, and check out the follow-up Q&A she had with the board.

JA Worldwide Welcomes New Development Associate
Laura Pedrosa joined the JA family last week, focusing on gift processing, reconciliation, and data integrity; grant and report writing; research; and a host of other additional fundraising tasks. Laura served most recently as the Gift Processor in the External Relations Department for Pathfinder International, a global nonprofit that works to provide access to healthcare in more than 20 developing countries throughout Africa, Asia, MENA and the Americas. Prior to Pathfinders International, Laura worked for other nonprofits and expanded their reach by creating content for social media and researching potential grants. Laura graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond (Virginia) in 2014.

The MoneyJar Podcast Reaches 80+ Episodes
In October 2012, Evan Wilson and Todd Yuzuriha launched The Money JAR (JA Radio), a bi-monthly podcast covering financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness. From discussing money apps for kids to teaching young people how to find their dream job, the show offers unique perspectives blended with a mild dose of humor as Evan and Todd demystify the common challenges all families face while educating their children on the economics of life. The podcast, affiliated with JA of Oregon & SW Washington (USA) is available for download and for sharing in your social-media channels.

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REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Asia Pacific | Pru Life UK's Prudence Foundation has partnered with JA Asia Pacific to roll out the new and enhanced JA Cha-Ching financial-literacy curriculum in the Philippines. Cha-Ching is the first multi-country, multi-platform program that aims to help parents in Asia teach financial literacy to children, ages 7 to 12. It was launched in Hong Kong in 2011 and is now in its fourth year, reaching nearly 100,000 students.

JA Africa | JA Africa welcomes three new board members, each with deep corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Shireen Dajani leads The Abraaj Group’s Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, where she is responsible for engaging and building the group's strategic stakeholder network with governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and civil society. Lorenzo A. Bell, Jr. is manager of Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement at Ernst & Young and has successfully launched company-wide supplier-diversity programs for several Fortune 500 corporations. Janet Thiongo, Africa Marketing Manager at Oracle, brings 17 years of experience as a marketing executive, leader, and strategist.

JA Europe | In August, more than 160 JA-YE alumni from 30 European countries gathered in Stuttgart for five days of inspiration, networking, and brainstorming, serving as a model for alumni associations in other regions.

 


JA Europe also celebrated entrepreneurship education all last week. On Monday and Tuesday, they hosted a two-day International Summit for Educators in Vienna, Austria; Thursday and Friday, they teamed up with JA Latvia to host a two-day entrepreneurship-education event in Riga. In between, they released three new articles on entrepreneurship education.

INJAZ Al-Arab | INJAZ Al-Arab has joined forces with J.P. Morgan and the International Youth Foundation to deliver the Steer Your Career program in Saudi Arabia. The two-year partnership focuses on unemployed youth who are seeking work, as well as students who are still identifying their career paths. The program, implemented by INJAZ Saudi Arabia, includes CV writing, interview techniques, and communication and time-management skills taught to 17- to 21-year-olds during eight weekly sessions.

JA Americas | Delta is expanding its partnership with JA Americas in order to expose even more young people to transformative experiences. Delta will sponsor the JA Job Shadow Program in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico, teaching young people about the airline industry. The company will also sponsor the JA Americas Company of the Year Competition, which Delta first supported in 2015 with the Delta Social Impact Award, given to the highest-scoring student company. Read more.

JA USA | During last Saturday's American Graduate Day, Emmy Award-winning journalist and JA alumna Juju Chang interviewed JA student Sameese Smith and JA volunteer Trish Maher. The group discussed Sameese's social startup, One Love, which distributes blankets to Philadelphia's homeless, and Trish's involved with the JA Company Program, which started during her work with Comcast. Read JA USA's feature story on Ms. Chang, describing how she got her start in JA.

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August 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

One of the ROC CEOs recently sent me a note indicating that if JA doesn’t move fast to innovate, we’re under threat of being “Uberized,” like taxicabs. Likewise, when I was meeting the staff and leadership of JA Canada, they felt the same and impressed upon me the need for urgency. And Jeff Hittner, the consultant who helped moderate the JA Centennial planning session, often reminds us that JA’s programs need to become more relevant and more digitally oriented in order to meet the needs of the youth we serve.

Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

100 Lives Video Contest Launches!
Thanks to the YouthPower grant from USAID and Making Cents International, we've launched the 100 Lives Video Contest, through which we'll select six young people to create videos that document their experiences in the JA Company Program. The six students—chosen from diverse locations, ethnicities, and ages—will receive training and ongoing mentorship, both globally and locally. Each student will then shoot a video documenting their stories, speaking specifically to the benefits of engaging young people with JA programming. Please share this exciting opportunity with your JA Company Program young alumni (ages 13–25).

Tell Us about Your Experience Working with Amusements and Attractions Partners
Are you working with local partners in the amusements and attractions industry? Please share your experiences with Erin Sawyer. We're looking for your insight because, in November, we'll announce a new partnership with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Foundation, which will combine the appeal of parks and attractions with the turnkey work-readiness and entrepreneurship curriculum of JA. With IAAPA members ranging from small, family-run amusement parks to large parks like Disney and Ocean Park, we look forward to kicking off an awareness campaign that will feature events at IAAPA Annual Conferences and Expos in Orlando (November 2016), Singapore (June 2017), and Berlin (September 2017). These events will be used to expose IAAPA members to the JA Worldwide partnership and expose JA Worldwide students and staff to opportunities within the attractions industry.

Vote for JA's Proposal for the 2017 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference
SXSW speakers are chosen in large part by community voting, and JA Worldwide's proposal for CEO Asheesh Advani ("Youth Entrepreneurship: The Path to Global Peace") is open for voting through Friday, September 2 at 11:59 PM CT. Although voting does require you to create an account on the SXSW site, the entire process takes less than two minutes. Will you vote for JA's proposal today and share the link with others?

Watch for Upcoming 100 Lives Stories from Mexico

Due to scheduling issues, we've delayed releasing two of our 100 Lives stories from JA alumni that were scheduled for this month. Our final two photo and video stories in this batch will be released according to the following schedule:

  • Thursday, August 25: You'll meet Grupo Masari of the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, a company that manufactures tortillas made with maize and the sorghum, and then sells them in local establishments.

  • Wednesday, September 7: We'll feature Avoproducts of Morelia, Michoacán, which manufactures pasteurized cow's milk, avocado milk, and guacamole. FedEx has been working specifically with Avoproducts to help them gain access to larger markets. 

We hope you’ll support the worldwide success of JA alumni by sharing these stories on your social-media channels, using the hashtags #100Lives and #JAWorks.

Save the Date for the 2017 Global Leadership Conference
Where can you hear from inspiring JA alumni and global thought leaders, share ideas and best practices from your JA location, tackle your biggest challenges in collaborative and creative small groups, and connect with JA colleagues around the world? At the 2017 Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA! Be sure to reserve July 17–20, 2017 on your calendar, as the GLC will bring senior staff together as "One JA.” We’re excited to work with JA USA to put on this global conference, which provides us all with a unique opportunity for collaboration across the global network, including U.S. area offices. We can't wait to see our entire JA network together in 2017.

HSBC and JA Renew Partnership for Three More Years
HSBC and JA are renewing our partnership to build youth financial-literacy skills through the JA More than Money program. For continued support and implementation of this and other JA financial-literacy programs, HSBC will contribute $6.3 million over the next three years, allowing JA organizations in more than 30 countries to offer programs to students through the 2018–2019 school year. Additionally, through this initiative, JA More than Money is being redeveloped for rollout in July 2017. For both students and volunteers, technology will play a much larger role in the updated program materials, which will continue to focus on the fundamentals of healthy financial decisions.

JA Americas and JA Worldwide Team Up with Impact Squared for #YouthDay Chat
On International Youth Day (Friday, August 12), JA Americas and JA Worldwide were featured partners in the Impact Squared Youth Day Twitter chat to discuss how to further empower young people to eradicate poverty. JA Worldwide answered 10 questions and participated in discussions in the English-language session, and then JA Americas stepped in for the Spanish-language session. Search Twitter for "#youthday @JAAmericas" or "#youthday @JAWorldwide" to see the entire series of tweets.

REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Asia Pacific | JA Asia Pacific and FedEx teamed up for the 10th annual Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge in Hong Kong, where 24 teams of two students worked to solve a challenge topic: creating a cohesive entry strategy for a travel security product or service for the United Kingdom. Scroll through a beautiful collection of photos that show students learning, networking, problem-solving, creating innovative solutions, and presenting them skillfully. FedEx volunteers were also on hand to help, when questions and challenges arose. Congratulations to all the JA students who participated!

JA Africa | JA Nigeria was featured recently in a three-part television interview. Simi Nwogugu (founder of JA Nigeria), Adaeze Oputa (Head of Programs at JA Nigeria), and two inspiring JA Nigeria female students discussed the benefits of JA, reducing youth unemployment, girl empowerment, and the JA Nigeria LEAD Camp. Watch Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Elizabeth Bintliff, CEO of JA Africa, recently visited JA Uganda, a member nation that was developed in large part by the Ugandan government, Citi, the Norwegian Development Agency, and individual donors. Elizabeth met with students, staff, and volunteers and saw students' Company Program products and services.

INJAZ Al-Arab | INJAZ El Djazair (Algeria) kicked off its Start Up program—sponsored by the U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), in partnership with Ooredoo—to incubate and seed-fund a small number of projects for six months. After receiving ten business plans from Company Program, Job Shadow, and Steer Your Career participants, four teams have now been selected for this innovative program: Kaizen Computing, Youyou Shop, Wassilni, and Delta Company.

JA Americas | JA Canada hosted the Next Generation Leaders Forum, a gathering of JA Company Program participants from all over the world. Students showcased their products or services, connected with and learned from business experts, and pitched their solutions to the challenge they were given. Best of all? They gained international friends during the intensive week-long program. Watch JA Canada's tribute to JANGL 2016.

JA USA | Looking for ways to inspire teachers, funders, and volunteers? JA USA has expanded on its "Why JA?" marketing video—which first introduced the concept of students saying "I can"—with a second video that focuses exclusively on taking students from "I can't" to "I can." Take a look . . . and share with staff members in your area. 

JA Europe | The JA Europe's Company of the Year Competition in Lucerne featured 36 student teams, inspiring speeches (including one from Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann), student interviews, team pitches and presentations, a showcase of innovative products, final judging by a panel that included JA Canada alumnus Brian Sidorsky, and the awards ceremony. Read more to find out which teams from which member countries won the nine prestigious Company of the Year awards.

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July 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Did you know that the majority of the JA network (61%) and almost all our global funders want JA Worldwide to be responsible for more thought leadership? This is one of many insights that we learned from the PwC Strategy& survey sent out several weeks ago. We like to listen to feedback from the JA network, and this survey has helped us get systematic input for our strategic-planning process.

Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Program Central Launches
We had a successful launch of the JA Program Central portal a few weeks ago. With a goal to increase collaboration, learning, and innovation, we're excited that the new portal is now being used by the network. The portal includes the ability to search by JA pillar, country, student age, or a combination; see which JA members run a specific program; get information on a program's impact; and more. Create your own account and get started today.

JA Company Program Worldwide Impact Pilot Study Launches
After nearly 100 years of impacting more than 100 million young lives, we’re excited to begin our first worldwide longitudinal study, which will look at the impact of our flagship offering, the JA Company Program, from the perspective of both the soft skills learned and the long-term outcome for students. Seven locations in six countries—Canada, Egypt, Korea, South Africa, Turkmenistan, and the United States—have been selected to pilot the longitudinal research study.

JA Receives Youth Power Grant from USAID and Making Cents International
Thanks to a grant from USAID and Making Cents International, JA will enlist six young people to create videos in the 100 Lives series that will document their experiences in the JA Company Program. When the initiative launches, we'll issue a call for applicants, and then choose six students from diverse locations, ethnicities, and ages. After receiving training and ongoing mentorship, both globally and locally, each student will shoot a video documenting their stories, speaking specifically to the benefits of engaging young people with JA programming. As the application process develops, we'll post more information in this newsletter.

GE Foundation Goes Local
The GE Foundation is encouraging JA members and GE business unit(s) to meet locally as the foundation decentralizes funding and oversight of GE volunteers. Whether you've participated in the previous GE Foundation Global Education Initiative or are ready to contact a GE office in your JA area, the timing is right for local conversations surrounding JA program implementation, sponsorship, and board support. Questions? Contact Karen Ochsner.

Margie Wang Participates in WEF Panel on STEM
Our COO and CFO, Margie Wang, was in Tianjin, China, for the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting of the New Champions, speaking on a panel about girls and women in STEM. Take a look at the "moonshot" solution she presented in an article she wrote for our thought-leadership magazine, Good Company.


Four 100 Lives Alumni Stories To Be Released
We're excited to release four more 100 Lives stories from JA alumni:

  • Thursday, July 21: We'll take you to the streets of Armenia, El Salvador, to meet Italo, for whom JA has been an alternative to gang life.
  • Monday, July 25: You'll meet Grupo Masari of the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia, Mexico, a company that manufactures tortillas made with maize and the sorghum, and then sells them in local establishments.
  • Thursday, July 28: We'll introduce you to Jonathon of Jalpan, Mexico, who runs a concrete company. JA gave Jonathon access to the training and support he needed to start a business in Mexico, instead of emigrating to the U.S. for higher wages.
  • Tuesday, August 2: We'll feature Avoproducts of Morelia, Michoacán, México, which manufactures pasturized milk, avocado milk, and guacamole. FedEx has been working specifically with Avoproducts to help them gain access to larger markets. 

We hope you’ll support the worldwide success of JA alumni by sharing these stories on your social-media channels, using the hashtags #100Lives and #JAWorks.

Ramp Up the Fun: JA Announces Partnership with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
In the next month, we'll announce a partnership with the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Foundation. By combining the appeal of parks and attractions with the turnkey work-readiness and entrepreneurship curriculum of JA, we believe we can create an additional vehicle to inspire and prepare young people to be work ready, career-minded, engaged global citizens. With IAAPA members ranging from small, family-run amusement parks to large parks like Disney and Ocean Park, we look forward kicking off an awareness campaign with spotlight events at the IAAPA Annual Conference and Expo in Orlando (November 2016), Singapore (June 2017), and Berlin (September 2017). These expos will be used to expose IAAPA members to the JA Worldwide partnership and to expose JA Worldwide youth and personnel to the opportunities within the attractions industry. Are you already working with an IAAPA member? Please share your story with Erin Sawyer.

Time Is Running Out to Register for JA Canada's Next Generation Leaders Forum
This August, some of the most talented, motivated, and hard-working young people across the globe will travel to Toronto, Ontario, for the week-long Next Generation Leaders Forum. The conference is open to all JA high-school students around the world, giving them an opportunity to network, learn, and grow with their global peers. Registration ends Wednesday, July 20. Access the registration link here

Denny Hamlin Finishes 2nd in JA-Featured NASCAR Race
Late last month, FedEx put the JA Worldwide logo on the #11 FedEx Cares Toyota, driven by Denny Hamlin, who raced our logo to a second-place finish! Many thanks to FedEx and Denny for their support of the 10 million+ young people JA reaches every year. Brandie Conforti, Global Head of Development, was at the NASCAR Sonoma Raceway to cheer on Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx team.

Brand Central Updates
We've updated Brand Central again, adding Program Central documentation and creating a space to gather ideas, collateral, and best practices around both alumni engagement and social media. Take a look at what we've done (remember that the password is brandcentral).

Asheesh Live-Tweets from the European Enterprise Challenge
In early July, Asheesh Advani headed to Bucharest for the European Enterprise Challenge, which is one of the only JA programs targeted at university students engaged in start-up ventures. Asheesh live-tweeted presentations from the inspiring student businesses, which included new technologies that enable energy to be generated from photosynthesis and power adapters that reduce energy consumption. Follow him on Twitter for future live-tweets of JA events.

REGIONAL UPDATES

JA Americas Announced Partnership with Scotiabank | Scotiabank is investing $2,000,000 in JA Americas' Road to Success project, which gives young people the tools and hands-on in-class workshops to help them manage their finances and have clear professional goals, interests, and values. The funding will allow programmatic materials to be digitized and facilitate the creation of one-day Innovation Camps in 16 countries, from which a jury will choose a national winner, who will then compete in a regional competition.

JA USA Hosts Successful National Student Leadership Summit and Company of the Year Competition | Last month, JA USA held the National Student Leadership Summit, which brings together 15 JA student companies for three days of high-impact JA experiences. The summit featured the JA Company of the Year powered by The Hartford, the FedEx Access Award, the EY Social Innovation Award, and the ICE NYSE Foundation Best Financial Performance Award. For information on and photos of the award-winning companies, head over to JA USA's newly redesigned (and fantastic) website.

JA Africa | JA Nigeria held its sixth LEAD (Leadership Empowerment Achievement and Development) Camp, which recruits and trains girls on different aspects of business, including writing business plans, selling shares to raise capital, electing officers, managing a business, keeping financial records, and returning profits to shareholders as dividends. Check out JA Nigeria's blog for photos and more information.

JA Asia-Pacific's CEO, Vivian Lau, Hosts Facebook Live Chat | Vivian Lau was honored to moderate a Facebook Live Chat with Clifford Hart, outgoing U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau. CG Hart responded candidly to questions ranging from the roles that Hong Kong and Macau youth can play in the U.S.-China relationship to his most unforgettable moments and favorite food and city. 

JA Europe Students Head to Lucerne for Company of the Year Competition | Students are preparing for the Lucerne, Switzerland, competition July 25 through 28, where four European Signature Awards (AT&T Excellence in IT Award, Citi Client Focus Award, FedEx Access Award, MetLife Life Changer Award), one Alumni Leadership Award supported by AXA, and one Local Signature Award (UBS Most Innovative Product) will be presented. Follow JA Europe and JA Worldwide on Twitter for updates. 

INJAZ Palestine Releases Coca-Cola Ripples of Happiness Video | Ripples of Happiness, a six-week university outreach program created and managed by the Coca-Cola Foundation and INJAZ Al-Arab, aims to foster social responsibility, entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, and workplace readiness among students. INJAZ Palestine students star in this Ripples of Happiness video, as they participate in activities that help them better understand the relationship between what they learn in school and their potential positive impact on their own communities.

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June 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

We received a strong response to the PwC Strategy& survey sent out a few weeks ago. With over 220 answers from respondents in all six JA regions, we had a response rate of over 45%, which is above average for global surveys, according to PwC.

We heard from board chairs in many countries, national leaders and ROC staff, and board members and governors from all six regions. It was one of the most comprehensive surveys we’ve ever done, and the results are in . . .

Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Program Central Launches June 30
Thanks to your input and support, we’re launching JA Program Central on June 30. This first-ever repository of the JA programs delivered throughout the world will allow JA staff to search for programs, see which JA locations offer any given program, assess a program’s impact, and read reviews. If you're JA staff member, watch your inbox on June 30 for the link to Program Central, plus FAQs, a video tutorial, and more!

20152016 Hewitt Annual Reporting System Now Open
As a global network, we take great pride in serving over 10 million young people each year. In order to demonstrate the impact JA makes on the lives of students and their communities, we use the Hewitt annual reporting system, the data from which goes into strategic-planning efforts, annual reports, funder/grant compliance reports, and more. We're grateful for the care you take in entering accurate data into the system and in meeting data-submission deadlines, which are established by your ROC. Please use this link to enter the system, and then input your unique username and password, which doesn't change from year to year (please contact your ROC if you've lost yours).

JA Worldwide Staff Travels to Hong Kong
Several JA Worldwide team members traveled to Hong Kong last week for our Board of Governors meeting. We also held a joint meeting of the JA Asia Pacific and JA Worldwide boards, met with the heads of JA Asia Pacific member countries, and were inspired by the 13 exceptional young people who spoke during the JA Asia Pacific Youth Talk panel discussion. Thanks to Steve Wong, William Lo, Vivian Lau, and the JA Asia Pacific staff for coordinating all events and making us feel so welcome.

Good Company Thought-Leadership Magazine Launches
We're excited to announce that we've launched an online magazine on Medium, which is billed as a "place to read, write, and interact with the stories that matter most to you." We've called our magazine Good Company, and we'll publish an in-depth story every month on entrepreneurship, work readiness, financial literacy, or nonprofit strategy. Take a look at our first three stories:

Citi Partners with JA in the Biggest Way
Citi and the Citi Foundation not only work with JA as our largest global partner, but also engage with us regularly. Over the last few weeks, Citi partnered with JA locations around the world during Global Community Day; awarded more than $3 million in cluster grants to JA Americas, JA Europe, INJAZ Al-Arab, and JA Africa; and presented additional grants to JA Korea and Prestasi Junior Indonesia. CEO of Citi Holdings, Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, also shared his speech about youth unemployment on Good Companyour new thought-leadership magazine.

Registration Opens for JA Canada's Next Generation Leaders Forum
This August, some of the most talented, motivated, and hard-working young people across the globe will travel to Toronto, Ontario, for the week-long Next Generation Leaders Forum. The conference is open to all JA high-school students around the world, giving them an opportunity to network, learn, and grow with their global peers. Please share the registration link with exceptional young people in your area.

JA Featured in this Sunday's NASCAR Race
JA will ride along with NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Racing Team in the Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma (California) Raceway on Sunday, June 26. FedEx hosted a social-media campaign in May that gave fans the chance to vote for their favorite paint scheme (and our logo takes up the entire trunk in all three choices). Votes triggered an additional donation from FedEx Cares, a global-giving initiative through which FedEx is investing $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020. Here's an overview of our social-media coverage of the race:

  • On Thursday evening, FedEx will unveil the winning design with a 360-degree virtual-reality tour, which we’ll share on our social-media channels and here on our website.
  • On Friday, FedEx will release a video showing the winning paint scheme being applied to the car via high-speed footage, which we’ll also share on our digital channels. 
  • On Sunday, we'll tweet highlights from the race.

CEO Asheesh Advani Featured on Inc.com
Thanks to a strong partnership with the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Inc. Magazine, and columnist/author/podcaster Kevin Daum, Asheesh recently shared his advice for helping parents raise financially successful kids. We also added our own infographic to illustrate Asheesh's six tips.

REGIONAL UPDATES

INJAZ Al-Arab Named One of the World's Top NGOs | On Friday, NGO Advisor named INJAZ Al-Arab as one of the 2016 top 100 NGOs in the world for outstanding impact, innovation, and governance! Congratulations to the entire MENA region for earning this world-class designation. Read more on NGO Advisor’s site (a subscription is required).

JA USA Hosts National Student Leadership Summit | JA USA’s top students gathered over the last three days in Washington, D.C., for the National Student Leadership Summit and Company of the Year Competition. We’ve been covering the event on Twitter, using the hashtag #JASummit.

JA USA Announces Partnership with SHRM | Yesterday, JA USA and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced a partnership to promote work readiness in schools. The agreement will use the strengths and expertise of both organizations to engage human-resource professionals, educators, and JA staff in initiatives that better prepare young people to be successful adults in the ever-evolving world of work. Read additional details of the unique collaboration.

JA Europe Hosts Social Innovation Relay Teams | Today (June 23), ten teams—hailing from Bulgaria, Japan, The Netherlands, Greece, Hungary, Singapore, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovakia—will compete in JA Europe’s Social Innovation Relay (SIR). High-school students are tasked with developing innovative business concepts that address social challenges. Business volunteers partner with students to connect classroom knowledge with the real world. We’ll be following the event via our Twitter account, using the hashtag #jaSIR16.

JA Europe's Leaders for a Day Applications Due | You have less than two weeks to apply for JA Europe’s Leaders for a Day program in October. Each of the 22 countries implementing the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass are invited to nominate five students to apply before the June 30 deadline.

JA Americas Participates in World Bank Global Youth Forum | JA Americas' Development Director, Celia Deitz (far right, below) attended the World Bank Global Youth Forum in Washington, D.C. Here, she's posing (left to right) with Jackie Chang of Facebook, Marc Alain Boucicault of Groupe ECHO Haiti, and the Honourable Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Jamaica. Thanks go out to YABT (Young Americas Business Trust) for inviting JA Americas to join the forum.

JA Africa Launches Marketing Campaign | JA Africa recently launched an #IamJAAfrica campaign, which shares statistics about sub-Saharan Africa and highlights JA alumni. Follow the campaign on JA Africa's FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts.

JA Asia Pacific Hosts Youth Talk Conference | Last week, JA Asia Pacific invited 13 young people to join a panel discussion with business leaders from around the world. JA alumni—including Tan Phat Le (Vietnam), Josephine McDonald (Guam), Oralbekov Ayat Erikovich (Kazakhstan), Elyssa Mary Roxas (Philippines), and others—shared their aspirations and challenges.  

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May 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

What brings satisfaction to the staff and leaders around our network? It’s a question I’ve been reflecting on as we develop the strategic plan for JA Worldwide. We often set growth targets for reaching more students and increasing the depth of our programs, but it’s often the impact of our work on that one special student that we remember most. Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA NETWORK SURVEY: YOUR URGENT PARTICIPATION IS REQUESTED

You asked for it—and it’s here! Your chance to have a voice in our strategy. Strategy&, the consulting arm of PwC, has launched a global survey for many of our stakeholders, including our network leaders and board members. Your input is vital. The survey covers a number of areas, including JA’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth. We’ve estimated the required completion time at 20 minutes. Please complete the survey no later than end of day on Wednesday, May 25, or contact Asheesh if you have any questions.

JA SPOTLIGHT

Still Time to Register for Entrepreneurship Education Webinar
There's still time to register for the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork's webinar on entrepreneurship education on Thursday, May 26, at 1:00pm CET. Experts will discuss best practices and policy recommendations for increasing entrepreneurship education. Spots are limited, so sign up now. Read more about the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork, which was initiated by JA Europe.

Brand Central Now Includes Editable Files for JA Worldwide Graphics
Due to popular demand, we've updated Brand Central to include editable files of our inspirational and regional graphics. Files are fully editable in Adobe Illustrator, allowing your team to swap out our logo for yours and/or translate the copy. We still have a few more files to upload before we'll be caught up, but in the future, graphics will be uploaded at the same time as our social-media postings. Please spread the word with your Marketing, Communications, and Design team members and remember that, as always, the password to Brand Central is "brandcentral."

Three More 100 Lives Stories Roll Out
We're excited to release three more 100 Lives stories from JA alumni:

  • Friday, May 20: We'll introduce you to Diana Martínez Mancilla of San Juan del Río, Querétaro, México, who dehydrates, packages, and sells locally sourced fruits and vegetables, powering her operation with solar energy.
  • Thursday, May 26: You'll meet the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, Ambassador of the United States to Jamaica.
  • Thursday, June 2: We'll feature Nicholas Kee, who started Plastato as a JA student in Kingston, Jamaica. He invented an organic, biodegradable “plastic” resin made from potatoes, and uses that material to design and create jewelry. His company won the FedEx Access Award at the JA Americas Company of the Year competition.

We hope you’ll support the worldwide success of JA alumni by sharing these stories on your social-media channels, using the hashtags #100Lives and #JAWorks.

JA Bulgaria Board Chair Shares Insights
Check out Boni Bonev, Board Chair of JA Bulgaria, and his insights on JA's future direction. We'd love to feature more ideas from JA Board Chairs around the world. Is yours game? Contact Erin Sawyer.

JA Program Central . . . Coming in June
Imagine an easy-to-access online resource where you can share your JA programs and learn about other JA programs around the world. This vision is coming to reality, taking us one more step closer to One JA. Your colleagues, led by Oldo Vanous of JA Europe, have been busy reviewing hundreds of program entries that member countries submitted in March. Thank you for your contribution to this incredible resource, which is on target for its first unveiling at the end of June. Special shout-out to Sena Goka (JA Africa), Paula Pastor (JA Americas), Adrian Lee (JA Asia Pacific), Gabi Zidkova (JA Europe), Ghadeer Zalatimo (INJAZ Al-Arab), Matt Grunenwald (JA USA), and Erin Martin and Erin Sawyer (both of JA Worldwide) for their countless hours and devotion to JA Program Central.

SAP Launches Social-Entrepreneurship MOOC
Are you ready to foster societal change by using your entrepreneurial skills to solve local and global problems? SAP, an important partner with JA Americas, has launched openSAP, an innovative online learning platform and thought leader for Enterprise MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). "Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World" is a free, eight-week online course that begins May 30. Sign up today.

FedEx Social-Media Contest Gives Back to JA
JA has been chosen to ride along with Denny Hamlin and the #11 FedEx Racing Team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on June 26. FedEx is hosting a social media contest until Sunday, May 22, through which fans can vote on their favorite paint scheme. Even though you can’t see our logo in any of the three choices, we’re in all three, on the back hood.

Every social vote we can generate will trigger a $1 donation from FedEx, up to $11,000. The donation and social media voting is a part of FedEx Cares, a global-giving initiative through which FedEx has committed $200 million to more than 200 communities by 2020. Vote on FedEx's Facebook post or vote by retweeting, and please encourage your coworkers to do the same.

American Express Global Business Travel Selects JA as Featured Cause
American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has selected JA as one of only three featured causes for Give for a Better Tomorrow, the organization's employee workplace giving and volunteer program. GBT, a separate company from American Express after spinning off in 2014, is launching its campaign using the online platform Benevity. The more than 12,000 GBT employees globally (with 50% working virtually) will be encouraged to search on Benevity for JA in their local communities. Find the current status of your JA organization's profile on Benevity, and then use the Benevity Registration Steps and Connect with Donors to ensure that your JA Benevity Profile and Donation Payment Method are set up for GBT employees (and, in the future, an expanding number of donors). Questions? Please email Karen Ochsner.

JA Kid Professor Strikes Again
JA Kid Professor, brought to you by JA of Southern California, not only defines words like income, taxes, gross income, and net income, but also fills your cuteness quota for the day. We can't wait to see Emma's next lesson.

Salesforce Rolls Out to Three Member Countries
We recently made a number of systematic improvements in Salesforce and are now working with the first three members to go live: Egypt, Kuwait, and Singapore. Recent enhancements include:

  • General form and field restructuring for a more intuitive user interaction
  • Ability to identify records based on JA organization
  • Referral tracking among JA organizations
  • Advanced multi-currency, which allows for conversion of foreign currencies based on rates applicable on specific dates, and then maintains those historical amounts in the system

Please contact Erin Martin with questions about Salesforce enhancements and rollout.

Franklin Templeton Investments Helps Empower Students
Franklin Templeton Investments and its employee volunteers will once again help empower youth with JA financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs. Eight JA organizations across four of our regions benefit from this global initiative. Thanks go out to Franklin Templeton Investments and to JA Hong Kong, JA Luxembourg, JA São Paulo, JA Central Ontario, JA of Northern California, JA of South Florida, JA of Sacramento, and JA of New Jersey for strengthening this partnership. Please reach out to Karen Ochsner if you have any questions.

Richard Branson Likes Us. A Lot.
Sir Richard Branson, one of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, wrote a blog post last week praising JA as the best way to "integrate real world and experiential learning into the education process." He goes on to say that JA is "a wonderful model, which through providing a project-based, highly engaging and relevant education is helping students find their passions, grow their purpose, and realise their dreams." Read the entire inspiring post.

REGIONAL UPDATES

ASIA PACIFIC | In preparation for August's FedEx/JA International Trade Challenge Asia Pacific, students in Hong Kong and Malaysia attended workshops led by FedEx volunteers, who helped them build skills to effectively market their companies.

MENA | INJAZ Al-Arab launched its #worldofINJAZ campaign, which features a diverse cross-section of the students, alumni, volunteers, staff, and board members who make INJAZ successful. Each participant is also shown making the JA triangle symbol. View the inspiring campaign.

Also in MENA, thanks to a new partnership between the Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) and INJAZ Qatar, high-school and university students will have the opportunity to join a QSE training course in investments, stocks, and securities. The agreement also encourages QSE experts to volunteer and share their financial and stock-market knowledge with students.

USA | JA USA President and CEO, Jack Kosakowski, sat on a Financial Services Roundtable panel entitled "Bridging the Gap: Technology, Financial Literacy & Underserved Populations," joining representatives from Discover and BMO Financial Group. Watch a video of the event's livestream, fast-forwarding to 42:00.

The same day, JA USA released its curriculum evaluation of Finance Park, the groundbreaking program for 7th through 12th graders, who explore career options and learn to manage their personal finances through a simulated community. The KPMG Foundation sponsored the report.

EUROPE | JA Europe kicked off its Annual General Meeting of member-nation CEOs with a panel on financial resiliance that CEO Caroline Jenner moderated. Board Chair Jo Deblaere, JA Worldwide COO/CFO Margie Wang, JA Worldwide CEO Asheesh Advani, and others then presented to the group. See additional photos of the event.

JA Europe also welcomed five new board members on April 21. Joining the board are Nikolaas Baeckelmans, Vice President of European Union Affairs at ExxonMobil; Karoli Hindriks, Founder of Jobbatical.com; Nicolas Huss, CEO of Visa Europe; Mark Hutchinson, President & CEO of GE Europe and Integration Leader for the Alstom transaction; and Dirk Ostijn, Regional Head of MetLife Western and Central Europe. Congratulations and welcome.

AMERICAS | JA Americas wrapped up the International Forum of Entrepreneurs (FIE) in Cordoba, Argentina, this past weekend. Hundreds of students gathered for keynote lectures, workshops, company fair, competition, and dozens of social-networking events. Watch FIE16's inspiring video.

JA Americas also organized its first Innovation Camp (powered by SAP) at FIU College of Business, during which students were challenged to create a technological solution for a social issue in just two hours. Teams presented innovative ideas, ranging from an app for scholarships and a consultancy website for emergent companies to a system to avoid texting while driving. Winners received iPads, and all the participants were invited to apply for an internship position at SAP.

AFRICA | Last October, we shared news of Google's partnership with JA Africa that will result in a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum designed specifically for the realities of life in sub-Saharan Africa. JA Africa has now received first drafts of the graphics that will be used in the program materials. Take a look, below.

Also in Africa, Sboniso Madlopha has joined JA Swaziland as Executive Director. Combining an MBA with broad experience in youth-development programs, Sboniso comes to JA Swaziland from the U.S. Peace Corps, where he worked with volunteers to design, implement, and monitor youth-development initiatives across the country. He previously worked with Mothers to Mothers and World Vision Swaziland. Sboniso succeeds Jean Mwendwa, who will leave her position at the end of May. Welcome, Sboniso.

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April 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

JA was represented at the World Bank this week during the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. This was a great opportunity to share information with the economic-development community about our programs and our network.

On Thursday, I spent my day roaming the corridors of the Bank, my first time back at the World Bank in more than 15 years, when I was fresh out of graduate school and working there as a consultant. It was wonderful to be back in the building, particularly representing JA on a panel for the Civil Society Forum. JA has not been very active at the IMF or World Bank for many years despite the increasing relevance of entrepreneurship education as a driver of economic development and youth employment. We needed to reconnect.

Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Participates in IMF/World Bank Panel Discussion
JA Americas and JA Worldwide partnered with Citi Foundation, Young Americas Business Trust, and Fundación Hilo Sagrado for a panel at the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings‬ to discuss youth employment and the United Nations' Global Goals. (Michelle Obama and the World Bank are partnering on providing $2.5 billion in funding, focused on girls' education.) Scroll through a Storify summary of the panel discussion or read more about the event in Asheesh's letter.

Meet the JA Worldwide Team . . . Digitally
If you've ever wondered whom to contact at JA Worldwide, we've come up with a handy guide to our nine full-time employees. In addition to finding out what work each employee supports, you'll also get a quick look at career backgrounds and personal interests. Take a look!

Johnson & Johnson Partners with JA
Thanks to a referral from JA of New Jersey, Johnson & Johnson is partnering with JA and FHI360 to advance the education of young women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing, and Design (WiSTEM2D). The program is focused on reaching one million girls between the ages of 5 and 18 by 2020. As a partner in this initiative, JA Worldwide will develop a guide to:

  • Empower volunteers and teachers to confidently address STEM2D in the classroom.
  • Provide direction on use of existing JA curriculum to address STEM2D education.
  • Serve as point of curation for STEM2D extended-learning opportunities and activities.

JA 2016 pilot locations include JA of New Jersey, JA South Africa, JA of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Young Enterprise UK.

100 Lives Project Expands
Tomorrow, our global network will launch ten more 100 Lives stories from JA alumni. We'll start with a stunning video about Cindy, who used profits from a JA business in El Salvador to fund her college education. On Thursday, 4/21, we’ll post a series of short videos on Instagram featuring Jerome in Jamaica, whose life-changing JA experience led him to a career in youth development. Then on Monday, 4/25, we’ll post a photo story about Abby, who partners with her brother and sister to run a cupcake company in Jamaica. 

Annual Reports from Regional Operating Centers Now Available
Annual reports from Africa, USA, MENA, and Americas are now online! You can find links to these regional reports on the JA Worldwide website, too. While there, be sure to check out the 2015 JA Worldwide Annual Report, 2015 Factbook, and online Year in Review.

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month
April is Financial Literacy Month, and we're celebrating by sharing the successes of the six regional operating centers. See our graphics for JA Asia Pacific and JA Americas, and watch for the other four during the next two weeks. Please also tag us @jaworldwide when you post about Financial Literacy Month, so that we can share your #FinLitMonth content.

JA Europe and Visa Europe Need Your Help
Can you take a few minutes to help JA Europe and Visa Europe? The partnership is launching a new survey to analyze the financial gaps faced by young people, and when it's released in September, the survey aims specifically to identify the gap between young people’s financial capability and employers’ needs. High-level executives from the business community across Europe are invited to contribute and pinpoint key financial capability requirements of their future employees. Please help increase participation by taking the survey.

Motivational Graphics Now on Pinterest Board
We've taken our best motivational graphics and put them all in one place. If you have a gap in your social-media schedule and are looking for easy, shareable content, you'll find a wide array of graphics on our Inspiration board on Pinterest.

REGIONAL UPDATES

USA | JA USA and the Voya Foundation have released the 2016 Teens and Personal Finance Survey, which shows that teen girls now have the same income expectations as teen boys. Forty-one percent of teen girls expect to make $35,000 or more in their first job, compared to 40 percent of teen boys. In 2014, only 35 percent of teen girls expected to make $35,000 or more in their first job, compared to 44 percent of boys. The survey of 1,000 teens was conducted in the first week of March 2016 by Opinion Research. Read the press release here.

MENA | INJAZ Al Arab has renewed its partnership with Coca-Cola, launching the ninth semester of the "Ripples of Happiness" (ROH) program in Saudi Arabia. Ripples of Happiness is a training program that inspires university students to identify and implement projects that will have a positive impact on their communities, with a primary emphasis on social responsibility, entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy, and workplace readiness.

ASIA PACIFIC | Last year, JA Korea signed an MOU with Microsoft Korea and Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning to provide coding education to underserved youth and young women. Since then, the partnership has led to 44 events, including a skills camp three weeks ago, in which students learned about the Internet of Things (IoT). 

AFRICA | John Wali, Executive Director of JA Kenya, was featured in a Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) article for his efforts through JA to promote entrepreneurship in Kenya, which has been involved in GEW activities since 2009. We're thrilled that JA Kenya is engaging so closely with GEW and would like to hear your thoughts on whether JA will benefit from a wider presence in GEW in the future. Please take our quick, ten-question survey!

AMERICAS | JA Americas is forging deep ties with SAP across the region. In February, the JA Job Shadow Day in Argentina, Mexico, and Miami brought SAP together with hundreds of students to live a day in the life of a professional. Volunteers shared their experiences and discussed how to prepare for job challenges in the future. SAP and JA are now exploring the opportunity to develop a coding program for the entire region. In addition, Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP Latin America and the Caribbean, has been appointed to the Board of JA Americas. Mr. Muruzabal was also part of the Board of JA Argentina as its chair, prior to joining SAP.

EUROPE | Everyone in the JA network is invited to join the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork's webinar on entrepreneurship education on Thursday, May 26, at 1:00pm CET. Experts will discuss best practices and policy recommendations for increasing entrepreneurship education. Spots are limited, so sign up now. You can also read more about the European Entrepreneurship Education NETwork, which was initiated by JA Europe.

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March 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

I’m delighted to share that we have received a substantial in-kind donation from the strategy arm of PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), known as Strategy& (formerly Booz and Company), for a global strategic-planning engagement. The purpose of this engagement is to understand the capabilities and strengths of the JA network so that we can advance our mission more effectively.

Read the rest of Asheesh's letter.

Brussels Update
After yesterday's bombings in Brussels, we're relieved to report that all JA associates at the ROC and at the two member organizations in Belgium are accounted for and doing as well as can be expected. We urge you to keep them and everyone in Brussels in your thoughts.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Worldwide Releases 2015 Annual Report, Factbook, and Year In Review | We're pleased to release our 2015 JA Worldwide Annual Report, 2015 Factbook, and—for the first time—an online Annual Report. Each can be used in your fundraising and recruitment efforts, and each reflects the the success of our entire network. Thanks to you, we reached more than 10 million young people in fiscal year 2014–2015 and raised over $350 million, network-wide.

Asheesh Records Podcast with YPO
As part of our goal to position JA staff as thought leaders in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and employment education, Asheesh worked with the Young President's Organization (YPO) and Kevin Daum, journalist and podcaster, to record a podcast that was also cited in an article in Inc. Magazine. The podcast is especially relevant, as its efficient, 10-minute format can be used in presentations and social media.

ADP Foundation Offers Grants to JA Network
The ADP Foundation has launched the second year of its Junior Achievement Team Building Initiative. When a group of six or more ADP employees volunteers with a JA program, the ADP Foundation will offer a grant of $2,500, up to two per ADP office in 2016. To find out whether your location qualifies and to develop a relationship with a local ADP office, check the USA list or check the outside-of-the-US list and contact ADP’s Flor Wichman. You can also read the ADP Foundation's FAQs and download the request form. Still have questions? Contact Karen Ochsner.

Global Entrepreneurship Congress Convenes
Last week in Medellín, Colombia, thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and other startup champions gathered at the annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). We were thrilled to see that a few JA member countries were in attendance and would like to hear your thoughts on whether JA will benefit from a wider presence at GEC in the future. Please take our quick, ten-question survey!

Alcoa Foundation STEM Resource Now Available in Four Languages
Are you using the JA Assembling Your Career Online App, developed in partnership with Alcoa? The digital tool provides practical information about STEM careers and how students can prepare for these high-demand fields. This global program is now available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Coding is also available if your JA location is interested in pursuing additional languages and/or hosting the tool on your website. Contact Karen Ochsner for more information.

REGIONAL UPDATES

AFRICA | JA Nigeria teamed up with African Capital Finance, Accenture, and Lagos Business School to host a one-week intensive mini-MBA, called Venture in Management Program (ViMP), for members of the National Youth Service Corps. Students learned a wide range of skills in business management, decision-making, and team-building through panels, lectures, syndicate groups, idea-generation sessions, and a job fair. Students and promoters also covered the event extensively on social media. 

Also in Africa, Josephine Kaleebi, JA Uganda Executive Director, and Phil Mlambo, JA Zimbabwe Executive Director, have been invited to serve as panelists at the Anzisha Prize Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit (YES-U) Conference, which provides consulting and training support to Anzisha Fellows, particularly in the first year of their fellowship. The prestigious Anzisha Prize celebrates innovative young African entrepreneurs, and the top Anzisha Fellows are supported throughout their lifetimes.

USA | JA USA held its annual Volunteer Summit in New York City, where top corporate volunteers were honored, and the 100 millionth JA student, Kevin Macareno, spoke to the audience. Awardees included GE Foundation, Ernst & Young, Capital One, the Financial Services Roundtable, PNC Bank, UPS Foundation, Bank of America, Bechtel, ChevronPhillips, and others. American Express sponsored the event.

MENA | Because.bz magazine named INJAZ Al-Arab the #1 essential Twitter account for the Middle East and North Africa, calling INJAZ "a regional powerhouse for workplace readiness and entrepreneurial training." Congratulations to all INJAZ member countries! 

AMERICAS | Thanks to an introduction to the Western Union Foundation by JA Rocky Mountain, JA Americas will receive a $200,000 grant to train young people with job skills that prepare them for 21-century careers. Only five other NGOs received the "Education for Better" funding from Western Union.

Elsewhere in JA Americas, JA Saskatchewan launched a unique partnership with its local Chamber of Commerce, wherein Chamber staff, local business owners, and entrepreneurs will lead half-day, in-school sessions for 3rd through 9th graders using JA's curriculum in financial literacy and entrepreneurship. It's a win-win-win: Students will learn from experienced business owners, local entrepreneurs will have a hand in developing the next generation of startups, and JA's cutting-edge programs will reach even more students.


EUROPE | JA Europe is mentioned 39 times in a new report by Eurydice, the EU agency responsible for cooperation in the field of education. Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe captures the latest developments in European entrepreneurship education. JA best practices in the report include examples of strategies, curricula, learning outcomes, and teacher education.

ASIA PACIFIC | JA Korea and JA Asia Pacific set the bar high during the first Company of the Year competition of 2016. The three top student companies created an online game that teaches environmental education, designed an innovative phone wallet that stores money and cards while still giving you full access to your smartphone, and manufactured a backpack that detaches into convenient smaller bags. (This video of the winning team will make your day.) Congratulations to regional and local staff who planned and executed such a successful event.

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February 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

It has been a busy month for us at JA Worldwide. In Peru, we held a very successful meeting of our global board in conjunction with aligned meetings of the regional board and national board; we broadcast JA’s message to thought leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos; and we received the results of an engagement with Accenture around impact measurement. In this month’s letter, I’d like to report back about each of these recent activities.

Read the rest of Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Worldwide, JA Americas, and JA Peru Boards Hold Historic Meeting in Peru | In late January, our senior leadership team and Board of Governors met in Peru for the first time in JA's history, and met jointly with the JA Americas and JA Peru boards, also a first. In Lima, USIL (Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola) and JA Peru were our gracious hosts, with deep support from JA Americas. View photos of meetings and cultural experiences, and watch a Spanish-language video interview with Francesco Vanni d'Archirafi, our Board Chair and CEO of Citi Holdings, Citigroup. Also read more about Asheesh's takeaways from Peru.

Asheesh Attends the World Economic Forum | Asheesh was on location in Davos, Switzerland, where the World Economic Forum (WEF) held its annual meeting. Thanks to an idea from JA Norway, Asheesh also wrote a blog post to complement an important WEF panel discussion about the future of education in an uncertain world. In it, he discusses models from Samaschool, edX, Khan Academy, and Philanthropy University. Hear more about Davos in Asheesh's letter.

JA Program Central Moves Closer to Summer Launch | We're one step closer to creating the first-ever repository of all the global programs under the JA umbrella. With your support, we'll launch JA Program Central by June 30, earlier than the original October 1 target! The next step is for ROC staff to reach out to member organizations this month with an invitation to add their descriptions in JA Program Central. Our goal is to have the portal fully populated with program information from the entire JA global network by March 31. Many thanks to the ROCs, member countries who participated in the pilot, and the JA Program Central team: Oldo Vanous, Team Leader (JA Europe), Afua Boadu (JA Africa), David Coppaloni (JA Europe), M. C. Desrosiers (JA USA), Paula Flores (JA Americas), Sena Goka (JA Africa), Matt Grunenwald (JA USA), Adrian Lee (JA Asia Pacific), Erin Martin (JA Worldwide), Veronica Mobilio (JA Europe), Erin Sawyer (JA Worldwide), Ghadeer Zalatimo (JA MENA), and Gabi Zidkova (JA Europe).

Accenture and JA Team Up to Measure Student Outcomes | We first reported in the September newsletter that Accenture would be helping us create a framework that measures JA’s impact around the world. Specifically, the goal of the engagement was to bridge the gap between our programswhich focus on building soft skills (sometimes called “soft enablers” in research literature)and our long-term outcomes, such as getting a job, starting a business, and staying employed. Joe Thomas, Vice-President of Research and Evaluation for JA USA and a key stakeholder in the research, summarizes the process in the following video. Read more in Asheesh's letter about the Accenture project.

Global Major Donor Survey (MDS) Available for Download | The 2014-2015 Global Major Donor Survey (MDS) provides a snapshot of corporate funding to JA organizations around the globe, based on a predetermined list of key partners, Fortune 200 companies, Global 100 companies, ROC board firms, and JAWW board firms, using data reported by each JA organization through the JA USA compliance process and the JA Worldwide Hewitt system. The MDS funding totals US $73 million, about 20% of total revenue generated by the JA global network, so it isn't intended to represent all funding received by each JA organization, but it is a good reflection of local funding. In addition to answering questions about local giving by major corporate donors, this report can also answer questions about unrestricted, restricted, in-kind, and special-events funding. 
 
The MDS is organized into three tabs: total giving in rank order, with largest funders at the top; alphabetical listing by funder, including local JA organization details and funding types; and the basis for funder inclusion in the survey. Direct questions about the MDS to Joe Tortora ([email protected]) or your regional operating center. Joe also welcomes suggestions for improving the report and its usefulness at the local level.

REGIONAL UPDATES

AMERICAS | Impulsa Mexico is now JA Mexico, which launched the name change with a beautiful campaign about worldwide branding.

USA | JA USA and Voya Financial recently launched JA Influencer, a brand-new online resource for teachers, school counselors, and parents to discuss financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship with students. Designed with high school students in mind, JA Influencer introduces students to current events in ways that are relevant to their daily lives, in order to prompt conversation and learning on workforce readiness, college, careers, entrepreneurship, and other personal economic topics.

ASIA PACIFIC | Three years after first introducing JA programs in Brunei schools, JA Brunei officially launched in January. On hand for the ceremony were JA Asia Pacific President, Vivian Lau; JA Brunei's Managing Director, Louis Tan; and Dr. Haji Junaidi bin Haji Abdul Rahman, from the Brunei Ministry of Education. We're thrilled to welcome our newest member country, thanks to support from HSBC Brunei and Baiduri Bank. Read many more details in the Borneo Bulletin.

In addition, JA Asia Pacific's Company of the Year competition is just a week away (February 22–24) in Seoul, South Korea. JA companies will compete for the Asia Pacific JA Company of the Year, FedEx Access Award, HSBC Best Financial Management Award, Microsoft Best Use of Information Technology Award, and Young Entrepreneurs’ Choice Award. JA Europe will also send a student company to the competition this year as an exhibiting team, creating a cross-border collaborative experience for all students that JA Asia Pacific hopes to continue with other regions in future years. We'll cover the event on our social-media channels and in our March newsletter.

MENA | INJAZ Al-Arab and ExxonMobil announced a two-year, half-million-dollar partnership to support a new learning platform that will combine digital and classroom learning for JA Company Program. This digital hybrid learning approach will maximize the efforts of corporate volunteers, who work with teachers to provide instruction and real-world expertise in the classroom. The new platform will be piloted in Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates with 800 high school and university students, before being released to INJAZ member countries.


EUROPE | Forbes launched a European "30 Under 30" list for the first time, and five are JA Europe alumni! Congratulations to Cornel Amariei and Ionut Budisteanu (JA Romania) in the Industry sector, Eva Paunova (JA Bulgaria) in the Policy sector, Karolis Misiunas (JA Latvia) in the Science & Healthcare sector, and Konrad Kierklo (JA Denmark) in the Retail & E-Commerce sector.

JA Europe also launched "JA Back to School" entrepreneurial-education campaign, calling on European businesses and policymakers to increase investment in and support of entrepreneurship education. We took the campaign global when Asheesh participated in the launch. You can participate, too, by using the #jaB2S hashtag; posing with a pro-Back-to-School sign and posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or LinkedIn; and/or encouraging your local schools and businesses to support more entrepreneurial education as part of your school's curriculum.

AFRICA | JA Africa teamed up with GE Africa to host a STEM Challenge in Accra, Ghana. One-hundred twenty students were mentored by GE senior executives and JA staff to build STEM skills, learn some of the ethical issues that engineers face, see how STEM professionals spend their time, and work with a team to solve a community issue: building a water tower on a strict budget.

JA Africa also launched its LinkedIn Company page. We encourage you to follow the page to keep up with the latest updates on JA Africa's initiatives.

FUNDER GRANTS & RENEWALS

Bechtel Renews Signature Partnership | Since 2012, Bechtel Corporate has chosen JA Worldwide as one of only four nonprofits supported through its Signature Program partnerships. We're honored to have had Bechtel renew our partnership, which the engineering and construction firm announced through a press release and celebration. Contact Karen Ochsner ([email protected]) for questions about our partnership with Bechtel. 

FedEx Announces $200 Million to 200 Communities by 2020 | FedEx has announced that it will invest $200 million in more than 200 communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. We're proud to be one of the organizations FedEx will continue to support through its efforts to advance small businesses and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. Contact Carolyn Bassett ([email protected]) for details about FedEx funding.

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January 2016

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

I’ve heard feedback through the newsletter survey that some of you would like to see video letters from me, while others prefer a written letter, so I'll be changing up the format from time to time. In this month's vlog, you'll hear more about what happened at a recent meeting of the Centennial Planning Committee. The committee was established to start planning early for the JA 100th anniversary celebrations, which will take place between July 2018 and December 2019. By extending the 100th anniversary to an 18-month celebration, member nations will have the chance to host local events and participate in regional and global events. Find out more in the video, and let me know what you think in our survey.

Regards,
Asheesh

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA South Florida Expands JA World | As part of a short tour of JA USA area locations, Asheesh visited JA South Florida to learn more about the JA capstone facility, called JA World. To take full advantage of the trip, JA South Florida organized an event to celebrate the opening of new storefronts at the facility, attracting new potential funders and thanking existing funders. Thanks to the President Laurie Sallarulo’s efforts, Asheesh was also invited to staff meetings and the JA South Florida board meeting, in order to gain insight into opportunities for the local JA office and its partners.

JA Centennial Planning Kicks Off | A full three years before JA's centennial, staff from Regional Operating Centers, JA member countries, and JA Worldwide gathered at JA of Georgia (USA) to begin planning our 2019 global celebration. Over 30 team members signed up for workstreams focusing on alumni engagement, fundraising, marketing, and events planning. Hear additional details in Asheesh's video message, and look for updates in future newsletters.

JA Worldwide Welcomes Brandie Conforti | Next Monday, Brandie Conforti will join JA Worldwide as Global Head of Development. Brandie most recently served as Vice President for Institutional Partnerships for Accion, a world leader in microfinance and economic development. Prior to Accion, Brandie worked with Partners In Health (PIH), a large non-profit organization that builds health systems in countries around the world, and she started her nonprofit career as Executive Director at World Boston (a World Affairs Council affiliate), where she reinvigorated the organization financially and programmatically. Brandie’s fundraising experience, deep understanding of the nonprofit sector, existing partner relationships, and passion for JA’s mission will help us identify and work toward innovative ways to build our development capacity and grow our impact.

Board Members Head to Peru | At the end of January, board members from both JA Worldwide and JA Americas will head to Lima, Peru, to meet together for the first time. Future JA Worldwide Board of Governors' meetings hope to include this collaborative element, aimed at fostering greater connectivity within the "One JA" global network.

Asheesh Will Attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting | Asheesh will not only attend the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting, joining with some of the brightest minds around the world, but he'll be tweeting and making Vines, too. Follow @asheeshadvani and #wef16 for near real-time tweeting. You can also follow @jaworldwide for coverage of #wef16 events.

REGIONAL UPDATES

AFRICA | Elizabeth Bintliff, who served mostly recently Vice President of Africa Programs at Heifer International, took take the helm of JA Africa as President and CEO on January 1. Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the JA team and believes strongly that today’s youth are key to Africa’s future, and that JA’s work is critical to equipping them with the tools and resources they need to secure that future and lead the continent. Check out JA Africa's website for more information.

MENA | Bechtel, one of the world’s leading engineering and construction companies and a global JA funder, partnered with Petrofac oilfield services and INJAZ United Arab Emirates (UAE) to host a JA Innovation Day Camp in Dubai. Bechtel and Petrofac employees mentored 70 Zayed University students on how to turn innovative, entrepreneurial ideas into successful businesses. Read more on Bechel's website.

AMERICAS | JA Americas held a Caribbean Summit held in December, with broad member country attendance, including Executive Directors and representatives from Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Guatemala, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Bahamas, and Grenada exchanged experiences and shared challenges and opportunities for JA in the Caribbean. Also in attendance for three days of meetings and special presentations were Americas board member Charles Kim, Americas President Leo Martellotto, and JA Worldwide CFO and COO Margie Wang.

USA | January is JA Alumni Month in the United States. Visit JA USA's Facebook and Twitter pages for stats, interviews, photos, and other alumni-related resources.

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EUROPE | Caroline Jenner, CEO of JA Europe, published an article in last week's New Europe magazine discussing why entrepreneurship education matters. "We must prepare and equip a new generation of innovators and problem-solvers in every sector," Caroline wrote. Read the rest of Caroline's inspiring article.

ASIA PACIFIC | JA Asia Pacific is launching JA Cha-Ching to primary school students, a new program building off the playful Cha-Ching characters previously introduced in Asia Pacific by JA and Prudential. With Prudential's generous support, the new curriculum adds to JA's library of financial literacy programs with innovative games and activities. Implementation is beginning with Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and JA Rhode Island, with opportunity to expand beyond.

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December 2015

HOLIDAY WISHES FROM JA WORLDWIDE

The JA Worldwide team wishes you a happy holiday season and a safe and healthy new year. We hope you enjoy the fun holiday video we made just for you!

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

What a year! 2015 is coming to an end, as are my first six months with this great organization. I’ve now visited all six regions in the JA Worldwide network, met over 50 member nation CEOs and Executive Directors, and had a chance to meet well over 1,000 committed staff, volunteers, and board members across the network. If I haven’t met you yet, I aim to do so in 2016!

Read the rest of Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

INJAZ Al-Arab, JA Africa, and JA America Host Competitions | Three weeks ago, INJAZ Al-Arab held its Young Entrepreneurs Competition in Oman. Competition was fierce in both the high-school and university categories. A week later, it was JA Africa's turn to host its Company of the Year competition in Gabon, featuring twice the usual number of competitors, because the 2014 competition was cancelled. Then JA Americas held its Company of the Year competition in Jamaica, where students and the beautiful locale both shined. FedEx served as the global sponsor for all three competitions and sponsored the FedEx Access Award and FedEx Access Seminar, while Citi sponsored the Citi Remarkable Customer Service Award and several other sponsors were partners at each event. This week, we'll be posting summaries of all three events on our social-media channels . . . stay tuned!

Soraya Salti Memorial Fund Helps Expand INJAZ Initiatives | We've worked with INJAZ Al-Arab to create a fund in honor of Soraya Salti, who passed away in early November. If you were touched by Soraya's work in bringing JA to the Middle East and North Africa, consider sharing our post about the tribute page to Soraya, on which you'll find a link to the memorial fund. We also invite you to share your personal memories on that page.

JA USA Joins Forces with Young Entrepreneurs Council | The Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC) is an invitation-only association of entrepreneurs age 40 and under, making it a perfect organization to mentor JA students. Recently, YEC members shared stories, experiences, and expertise with JA students in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. Read more in Asheesh's letter.

Asheesh Contributes Essay to New Book | We’re excited to announce that Asheesh has contributed an essay (read it now!) to a new book by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation includes essays by the nation’s leading experts on economics, financial services, public policy, and philanthropy from across a broad range of sectors. You'll find more details in Asheesh's letter.

Citi's EIU Report Features JA Alumni | Citi released its Economist Intelligence Unit Report, which focuses on youth entrepreneurship and features two JA alumni. Get inspired by JA UK alumna Buki Ajimobi, whose company is helping those with hair loss from cancer or alopecia, and JA Singapore alumnus Anuar Hassan, who is developing a product to keep motorcyclists and bicyclists safer. Consider using these two videos in your social-media efforts over the next few months.

Brand Central Offers Design Resources | Looking for logos, messaging, photos, and other design elements? Look no further than Brand Central (password "brandcentral"), where your designers will find a host of resources. We'll be rolling out additional elements over the next few months, including social-media templates.

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November 2015

INJAZ founder Soraya Salti was our colleague, our friend, and our inspiration. Her passing last week left all of us with a tremendous sense of loss. Please join us in celebrating her life by sharing your memories on our tribute page.

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,
 
I begin by expressing profound sadness for the tragic passing of Soraya Salti, the founder of INJAZ Al-Arab, on November 6, 2015. Soraya's story of building INJAZ is one of incredible passion, determination, and commitment, and the positive impact she had on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people will resonate indefinitely. Please join us in sharing stories, photos, and videos to celebrate Soraya’s life on our tribute page.

Over the past few weeks, I have continued my travels around the network, including the MasterCard Foundation Young Africa Works Summit in South Africa and the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit in Washington, D.C. 
 
Read the rest of Asheesh's letter.

JA SPOTLIGHT

Global Entrepreneurship Week Begins | We're a proud supporter of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an annual celebration of the innovators and startups who bring ideas to life and drive economic growth. Events began on Monday and run through the end of the week. Check out our infographic showing how JA drives entrepreneurship around the world, and watch our social-media channels this week for bite-sized versions you can share.

JA Honors GE Global Month of Service | November is GE's Global Month of Service, and we're honoring their commitment to JA around the world. Our recent tweet thanking GE was retweeted again and again, creating a groundswell of support for GE's funding and demonstrating the power of JA’s global network of social-media channels to broadcast messages worldwide. Thanks to all who supported this effort with GE by retweeting.

Asheesh Writes for Fazendo a Diferença | In the latest issue of JA Brazil's publication Fazendo a Diferença, Asheesh shares his insights to support the activities of the staff network in Brazil and provide some context about JA Worldwide. (Bonus: The article is written in both English and Portuguese, giving you a chance to practice your language skills.) We've also put a PDF of the article on our website.

JA USA Releases Entrepreneurship Education Report | Today at 10am EST, JA USA releases a new report, The States of Entrepreneurship Education in America, showing that the number of states requiring some form of entrepreneurial education in K–12 schools has more than doubled, from 19 in 2009 to 42 this year. Download your copy, and share after 10am EST.

Citi to Release EIU Report | On Monday, Citi will release its Economist Intelligence Unit Report, which focuses on youth entrepreneurship and features JA students from around the world. On our Citi partner page, we'll share videos, Twitter cards, and photos that you can activate in your digital space between now and March, when Citi's Brandee McHale and Asheesh will speak at the INJAZ Entrepreneurs' Summit in Dubai.

European Parliament Hosts The Entrepreneurial School Awards | Schools from eleven European countries won The Entrepreneurial School Awards 2015, a national and European recognition of the best schools championing entrepreneurship education. The Entrepreneurial School (TES) is the first EU-wide entrepreneurship education platform, and is organized and managed by JA Europe, partly financed by the European Commission, and supported by Accenture, Clifford Chance, HP, Intel, and Virke.

Alcoa Foundation Launches STEM Tool | Looking for a JA program that makes the connection between the STEM skills that students learn in school and future careers that utilize those skills? Thanks to the Alcoa Foundation, the JA Assembling Your Career simulation and Guide for Volunteers & Teachers are now available. This digital supplement promotes the importance of STEM skills and helps middle- and high-school students understand the global career opportunities available to them in manufacturing. 

MetLife Partnership Grows in Europe and MENA | Our partnership with MetLife continues to grow in Europe and MENA (Middle East and North Africa). We're pleased to announce that Phase Four of the MetLife LifeChanger Initiative — a signature initiative of MetLife EMEA RegionLife — now includes 19 countries (3 in MENA; 15 in Europe), a projected student impact of nearly 20,000, and $692,000 in sponsorship.

Three Regions Compete in November and December | FedEx is the global sponsor for all three upcoming regional competitions. INJAZ Al-Arab kicks off its Young Entrepreneurs Competition (#YEC2015 and #YECINJAZ) on November 24 in Oman. JA Africa heads to Gabon on December 1 for its Company of the Year (#COY2015) event. And JA Americas begins its Company of the Year competition on December 3 in Jamaica (#COY2015). We'll cover each competition on our social-media channels and in the December issue of this newsletter.

What It's Worth Launches December 8 | Early next month marks the release of What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation. Asheesh is one of a number of influential contributors, many of whom will be speaking at the Financial Well-Being Summit, also on December 8. Register now for the live webcast, and check out the book's new website and blog series.

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October 2015

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the second edition of JA News from Around the World. Over the past four weeks, I've continued my travels around the network, with visits to JA India, two member offices in Belgium, JA Europe, and JA Canada. Thus far, I've met colleagues from over 30 JA member nations and JA USA areas.

The interactions I’ve had and experiences I take away from meeting colleagues always help surface important areas of focus. For example, I’ve heard from many of you that JA Worldwide and the ROCs should devote more time and resources to clarifying and quantifying our impact. Articulating the connection between our programs and the desired outcomes for our students is critically important for us to validate our work, prove our value to funders, and collaborate productively with other organizations in our ecosystem.

Read the rest of Asheesh's letter, including details on the Global Impact Framework, a best practice from JA Europe, news from the September Board of Governors' meeting, an employee update, and more!

GE Foundation Funding | Based on the strength of local JA participation, the GE Foundation has renewed its Global Education initiative funding to advance STEM, the industrial internet, and advanced manufacturing in our curriculum. Seventy-eight JA offices across 40 countries engaged GE volunteers in delivering JA work-readiness programs; 40 JA offices across all six regions implemented the STEM-based JA Innovation Challenge (33 more than last year!); and 55 JA offices participated in the GE Global Month of Service. Stay tuned for award announcements later this month.

JA Program Central | JA Program Central has begun creating the web-based user interface and database for collecting all JA programs. A programs team with representatives from every region will soon review early pilot submissions to the global JA network.

Salesforce NGO Connect | Four member nations are going live on the Salesforce NGO Connect CRM system: Mexico, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria. Initial focus is on migrating accounts and contacts from their existing systems, and we'll keep you updated on their progress.

Global Fundraising Committee | We've established a Global Fundraising Committee with a mandate to collaborate more effectively on funder relationships, particularly ones that can expand globally and provide more value for everyone. The committee has representation from each ROC, and our first task is to recruit a Global Head of Development. Look for more information in future newsletters.

September Board of Governors' Meeting | At the latest JA Worldwide board meeting, there was unanimous agreement to foster connectivity in our network and increase social media followers more aggressively. We also discussed an initiative to track collaboration more systematically and introduce aligned goals for the ROCs and JA Worldwide. Read more in Asheesh's letter.

JA IMPACT

Youth, Labor, and Pathways for Progress | INJAZ Al-Arab, in partnership with JP Morgan, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), and Education for Employment (EFE), recently released an important report about youth who are NEET (not in education, employment, or training).

Skills Gap or Confidence Gap? | JA Americas President Leo Martellotto co-authored a paper outlining the educational needs of students in Latin America.

Entrepreneurship Education: Inspiring the Next Generation | JA Europe and EuroCommerce released a joint report showcasing good practice and cooperation between education and business to boost entrepreneurship education in ten European countries.

Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 | According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the global youth unemployment rate has dropped to 73.3 million in 2014, 3.3 million less than the crisis peak in 2009. This is good news, but there's still a long way to go, according to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 report.

JA SPOTLIGHT

JA Anniversaries | Congratulations to JA offices that are celebrating anniversaries this year, including JA Canada (60 years), JA Trinidad and Tobago (45 years), JA Mexico (40 years), JA Japan (20 years), INJAZ Al-Arab (10 years), and INJAZ Bahrain (10 years). Together, we're impacting millions of students around the world.

Google Grant for JA Africa | Google has awarded JA Africa an in-kind grant in the form of consultants who will develop a new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum designed specifically for the realities of life in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more on our website.

JA Americas and USAID Partnership | USAID (US Agency for International Development) concluded its three-year relationship with JA Americas' Program for the Eastern Caribbean, which impacted more than 10,000 students in Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, and Dominica. JA Worldwide COO/CFO Margie Wang and JA Americas President Leo Martellotto celebrated at the closing ceremony with both students (see photo, below) and dignitaries.

JA Asia Pacific Newsletter | JA Asia Pacific launched its first newsletter this month, with rich content that featured initiatives, anniversaries, new employees, and a message from President Vivian Lau. We know newsletters are a big undertaking, so a hearty congratulations.

JA USA Honda Finance Website | JA USA and American Honda Finance Corporation have created an interactive website that helps young drivers navigate the financial aspects of owning and maintaining a car. You don't have to be a JA USA student to check out the site.

JA Europe Leaders-for-a-Day | Last week's Leaders-for-a-Day provided young Europeans the opportunity to shadow a business leader for an entire day. In advance of the day, participating students completed the entrepreneurship education program and obtained their Entrepreneurial Skills Pass certification. Read more in Asheeh's letter.

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September 2015

LETTER FROM ASHEESH

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to introduce JA News From Around the World. I value every opportunity to connect with you and discuss our progress. One of the early suggestions that I have heard from the network is the need for more internal communication. Here at JA Worldwide, we agree. We plan to ramp up relevant communication within our far-reaching network as we continue to grow and evolve. Short of the ability to meet face-to-face on an ongoing basis, this newsletter offers a chance to stay connected and informed.
 
Read more from Asheesh about JA Program Central, an interview with Steven Koltai, JA Worldwide’s upcoming move to a new office . . . and more!

MetLife Foundation Awards | Ten JA offices around the world are sharing $180,000 in awards from the 15th annual MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Awards for innovative JA programs and processes.

American Airlines Miles | American Airlines’ global sponsorship of 12 million air miles will benefit 14 JA offices (6 in United States; 8 worldwide) and our JA Worldwide office for a total value of $354,000. This is our first global airline sponsorship, thanks to Jan Murfield of JA Dallas, who made the introduction.

Global Impact Framework | Eight JA locations have partnered with us to create a framework that measures JA’s impact around the world. JA Belgium (French and Flemish), Canada, Egypt, Greater DC, Central Maryland, South Africa, and Turkmenistan are developing and testing pre- and post-survey tools for the JA Company Program, which will allow us to simplify the creation of impact reports like these.

Salesforce NGO Connect | Following adoption by the JA Worldwide office and the Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Middle East & North Africa regional operating centers, five member countries will roll out Salesforce NGO Connect to advance their customer relationship management (CRM) capability. JA Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore will focus on account and contacts management as well as capturing fundraising opportunities and the moves-management process. From there, we’ll keep expanding!

Member Council Reps | Congratulations to the seven new representatives of the Member Council. Following an election process, Michele Lionnet (Mauritius), Fatou Samb (Senegal), Cesar Asiatico (Dominican Republic), Carla Muniz (Peru), Hau Yee Ng (Singapore), Nael Fayez (Saudi Arabia), and Dina Mofty (Egypt) will join the five other members: Michael Mercieca (UK), Christian Vintergaard (Denmark), Rob Gardiner (Indonesia), and Jack Kosakowski and Buzzy Thibodeaux (USA). Many thanks to our outgoing representatives who served on the global Member Council: Linda McClure (South Africa), Teddy Nyasulu (Zambia), Alphie Aikens (Jamaica), Jaime Santibanez (Mexico), Vivian Lau (Hong Kong), Leen Abdel Jaber (Algeria), Badria Naqi (Bahrain), and Josef Muller (Czech Republic).

JA Worldwide Website | We’ve launched a new website to create a better experience for mobile users, showcase our partners, and include a news-filled blog. We’re also offering extensive support to JA regional operating centers that are thinking of upgrading their websites. Visit the site today and come back often!

JA Middle East & North Africa | INJAZ Al-Arab launched Expand Your Horizon, an online tool for students to explore industries, learn about opportunities, and apply for internships. Sponsors include Boeing and Marriott.

JA Europe | The JA Europe Alumni conference gathered 170 participants from 25 countries. Among inspiring speakers and activities, alumni visited startups in action all over Copenhagen.

JA Asia Pacific | JA Asia Pacific hosted another successful FedEx-JA International Trade Challenge to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit and business skills of JA Asia-Pacific students.

JA Americas | The JA STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) career curriculum and JA Brazil students were featured on the STEM Education page of Alcoa Foundation's annual report.

JA USA | JA USA released My Way, sponsored by Citi, which offers students an online portal to learn about careers, starting a business, and managing money through games, rewards, and social media.

JA Africa | Asheesh Advani visited JA Kenya shortly before starting his new job at JA Worldwide. Watch a video story of his trip (filmed by a young JA Kenya alumna), where he visited students in Nairobi and met with JA staff, board members, and key donors such as Citi and Safaricom, one of the largest local companies funding JA Kenya.

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Calling Cards from AT&T | Prepaid calling cards from AT&T have been made available to regional operating centers for distribution to member countries. A big thanks to AT&T for this generous gift.
 
Hewitt Reporting Due 9/30 | Following a review by the ROCs, Hewitt reporting is due to JA Worldwide by the end of this month. The data you send informs the JA Worldwide Annual Report, Major Donor Survey analysis, and annual member fee.