OneJA Network Newsletter
LETTER FROM ASHEESH
We were overwhelmed by the number of applications for JA Labs funding, reminding us that the drive for innovation is very much alive across the JA network. To help future applicants, I thought it would be helpful to provide advice . . . read more in Asheesh’s letter.
ACTION ITEMS: WE NEED YOU!
You’ve Made an Impact; Now Send Your Data!
As we prepare to publish an updated edition of JA Worldwide Impact: Making a Measurable Difference, published in 2014, we’re looking for any impact reporting you’ve gathered. These might be pre- and post-surveys, alumni studies, or longitudinal studies. Of special interest are any studies about JA’s impact on levels of employment, earnings, savings, spending, debt levels, entrepreneurship, and business investment, as well as beliefs about available career options, the importance of managing finances, and the confidence to start businesses. All impact data is due by Friday, November 9, and can be emailed to Tere Stouffer.
Download the HSBC-JA Campaign Toolkit
Earlier this month, JA and HSBC launched the #MorethanMoney campaign to celebrate HSBC’s volunteers who, for the last decade, have taught JA students the #FutureSkills they need to succeed. The campaign runs from October 1 through December 3, and all HSBC-grant member countries are participating on social media, giving HSBC a groundswell of support. You can find a toolkit of messaging, an infographic and infovideo, social-media graphics, and more on OneJA.
Download Alumni Marketing Collateral and Promote GATHER
GATHER—the JA global alumni community—has reached its first milestone, connecting over 1,000 JA alumni from 85 countries. The most sign-ups have come from JA Americas, JA Asia Pacific, and JA Europe. JA México has the most members, with alumni from INJAZ Algeria, JA China, and JA Philippines logging in the most often. Haven't been on the site yet? Find out what the buzz is all about. You can also find alumni-related social-media cover photos, frames, and posts on the JA Worldwide alumni page: And please continue to recommend GATHER to any alumni you meet!
Story Time: Share Your Local and Regional Stories
Have you heard a great story about a JA student, alumnus, volunteer, or staff member that will be of interest to a global audience? If so, we’d like to hear about it, and we’ve made it easy for you to share story ideas. The form asks only for a few key pieces of information . . . enough for us to follow up with you as we elevate that story to a global level. No writing required; just send us some information!
Attend the Final Centennial Marketing Webinar, October 30
Mark your calendar for the final Centennial webinar on October 30, where we'll share best practices from around the network, ideas for using the Centennial materials, media-outreach plans, and more. We'll also discuss the "I am JA" campaign and several other social-media and alumni-engagement campaigns coming up. You can find the Centennial marketing and development materials at oneja.org/centennial, including the beautiful JA 100 logo, location-specific JA logos with Centennial taglines, a customizable PowerPoint in a Centennial template, a JA one-pager, new business cards and letterhead, an updated color palette with a range of beautiful gradients, easier (and less expensive) font choices, an updated boilerplate, updated alumni collateral, and more, all summarized in the Centennial Brand Guidelines.
Complete a Survey About Additional Centennial Icons
Among the Centennial collateral on OneJA are 120 custom icons for you to use in presentations, in events, and even printed on socks. Now it’s time to let us know which icons are missing; that is, which one you’ve needed but haven’t found among the available offering. Complete the form at oneja.org/iconsurvey by November 30, and we’ll deliver another small batch of icons in late winter.
Update Your JA Social-Media Profile Picture to the “JA 100” Centennial Logo
In anticipation of our January 1 goal of all JA locations using the JA 100 logo on social media, member countries have started uploading the logo to social-media profiles. Get the logo here and start uploading!
Tell Us Your Giving Tuesday Plans
JA Worldwide will participate in Giving Tuesday this year by offering an opportunity for individual contributors who want to support JA. As we design the campaign, we’re interested in hearing your Giving Tuesday plans. Will you fill out this five-question survey by November 1?
Share the Event Page and Registration for 2019 JA Global Alumni Conference
Registration is open for the first-ever JA Global Alumni Conference in Vienna, Austria, scheduled for August 28 through September 1, 2019. Please share the event page on your social-media channels. Topics at this historic event will include innovation and creativity, communication, and risk-taking. Spots are limited, so sign up today!
GLOBAL NEWS: JA IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Citi Releases JA Promotional Video in Prime Time
Thanks to Citi and the Citi Foundation, our work is being featured right now in major media outlets, including network, cable, and local news; in the world's largest digital publications; and even on Hulu. Give us a shout on social media when you see the ad as you go about your month and tag #Pathways2Progress.
First Winners Announced for the JA Labs Innovation Fund (Fueled by Citi Foundation)
The JA Labs Innovation Fund, funded by Citi Foundation, seeks to support organic innovation at JA locations (JA member countries, sub-national offices, and JA local areas) around the world. In our first round of submissions, 57 ideas sought to harness each organization’s creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and calculated risk-taking. Applications were judged on three core components: innovation, replicability, and youth impact. Congratulations to the two winners:
Young Enterprise UK: YE UK will partner with Apps for Good, a tech NGO that teaches young people how to design and build technology products that solve problems that matter to them. This technology will be piloted for implementation with the JA Company Program in the UK.
JA of Northern California (USA): JANC will implement a speed-mentoring and STEM-focused event for high school girls from at-risk communities, called S.H.E Leads.
New applicants and the inspiring applications from the first round are eligible to submit again during the next round of the JA Labs competition, which will open January 1, 2019, and close February 28, 2019. We look forward to seeing existing innovation that can be scaled with additional funding, or entirely new ideas that have significant potential but need funds for a pilot. Please email Brandie Conforti with any questions.
JA Presents Policy Paper at the G20 Summit
At the request of the Varkey Foundation, JA co-authored a paper with The Brookings Institution that was delivered in September to the Ministers of Education attending the G20 Summit in Argentina, with recommendations for education's role in developing youth skills for the future of jobs. JA Worldwide developed the paper as part of a new initiative of leading international education-focused NGO. Read more and/or download the paper.
JA Staff Speaks at the WEF Meeting of the New Champions, the UN General Assembly, and the Global Youth Economics Opportunities Summit
At the World Economic Forum Meeting of the New Champions (often called "Summer Davos") in Tianjin, China, Asheesh was on stage for the "Educating Innovative Societies" panel. Read a review of his talk or watch the full panel, below.
A week later, during Global Goals Week, Brandie Conforti, JA Worldwide’s Chief Global Development Officer, served on "The SDGs in Action” panel during the UN General Assembly, building on an article citing the need for global partnerships she published in The Diplomatic Courier, the global affairs media network that specializes in international affairs, diplomacy, and social good. Later that week, JA Worldwide Vice President of Global Development, Carolyn Bassett, served on a panel with Johnson & Johnson and FHI360 at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit in Washington, D.C., in which she discussed collaborative partnerships that expand STEM opportunities for young people.
JA Worldwide Announces New Global Partnership with Avanade
We’re excited to announce Avanade as JA Worldwide’s Global Technology Partner to advise and inform the organization on our strategies as we seek to accelerate digital transformation. Our thanks to JA Europe for referring Avanade to JA Worldwide.
InSpring, JA, and the C&A Foundation Publish Results of Circular Fashion Engagement
Do young people care about the impacts of the clothes they buy? What action do young people want fashion brands to take? Are they willing to pay more for clothes that have a positive impact? And what innovations would young people prioritize if they were fashion industry leaders? In the first youth engagement of its kind, undertaken by InSpring and JA Worldwide, and sponsored by the C&A Foundation, these questions are answered. Read and share the results!
Team MyCryptoHippo Wins FedEx Junior Business Challenge; JA of Central Ontario (Canada) Awarded $75,000
Back in March, FedEx and JA launched season two of the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, an extension of the JA Company Program produced in conjunction with the PGA TOUR and FedEx Cup in U.S. and Canadian cities. At each event, held throughout the spring and summer, JA students participated in Shark Tank–style presentations, pitching original business ideas to a panel of judges comprised of local business leaders and PGA TOUR players.
In September, the winning team from each event traveled to Atlanta, Georgia, for the PGA TOUR Championship and FedEx Junior Business Challenge Final. The four JA student-led companies were evaluated on their pitch skills, presentation content, visual aids, and connection to innovation, sustainability, and job creation. Celebrity judges—including FedEx President & CEO, David Cunningham, who serves on the JA Worldwide Board of Governors—selected MyCryptoHippo as the winner. This tech company educates GenZ about cryptocurrencies and blockchain through a hands-on cryptocurrency simulator that features, as you might have guessed, a playful hippo! The students’ JA location, JA of Central Ontario, received the challenge grand prize: a $75,000 donation from FedEx.
SAP Latin America & Caribbean President Interviews JA Worldwide CEO
Claudio Muruzabal, President of SAP Latin America & Caribbean, Vice Chair of the JA Americas board, and host of In Perspective Video, joined Asheesh for a discussion of whether technology is helping democratize educational opportunities for youth in Latin America. Take a look.
David Cunningham III Featured in New “I Am JA” Video
David Cunningham caught the entrepreneurial bug in fourth grade, when he first attended a JA Hong Kong Company Program trade show . . . and then kept going back, year after year, to see more student businesses. While in high school, he started the first JA chapter at the Hong Kong International School and went on to build two JA businesses with unique, profitable products: a custom iPhone case ready in 15 minutes and origami-inspired recycled purses. Today, David brings his entrepreneurial spirit to AAR Corp in Chicago—a global provider of innovative aviation services to commercial and government customers—where he develops novel solutions to problems by leveraging data analytics. Watch and see why David “is JA.”
Tamara Collombo Honored as Top Executive Assistant
Earlier this month, Tamara Collombo, Executive Assistant at JA Worldwide, was named one of Boston’s 2018 Executive Assistants (EAs) of the Year, joining top EAs from Salesforce, Fidelity Investments, and Thermo Fisher Scientific. Tamara, who is responsible for executive operations at JA Worldwide, received this honor for being someone who "makes things happen for top executives.” Please join us in congratulating Tamara.
REGIONAL UPDATES: JA AROUND THE WORLD
JA Africa, Facebook, and OkayAfrica celebrated the future of African youth at a fundraiser at Facebook’s New York offices on September 21. The event put the spotlight on the importance of youth economic empowerment in Africa, highlighting that 12 million young people graduate in Africa each year, but the economy creates only 3 million jobs. Speakers at the event included Ebele Okobi, Director of Public Policy at Facebook; Frank Aswani, Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Higherlife Foundation; and Emmanuel Nyame, JA Ghana alumnus.
JA MENA/INJAZ Al-Arab:
Last month, INJAZ Al-Arab and its fourteen member countries celebrated reaching three million students since starting operations in the Middle East and North Africa fourteen years ago. That's three million youth who now have the skills to be job creators, makers, and skilled employees. Congratulations to INJAZ Al-Arab, JA MENA member countries, all our hard-working staff in the region, and all the dedicated volunteers who help reach this milestone.
A thorough study of the impact of INJAZ Al-Arab’s work in the MENA region was recently published. The book Learning to Improve the World: How INJAZ Al-Arab Helps Youth in the Middle East Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset is written by global education expert professor Fernando Reimers of Harvard University, who explains in the book the positive impact of the JA Company Program on eight hundred students in six MENA countries. INJAZ Al-Arab and its member nations will be promoting the book in early November with a regional social media campaign.
Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. teens have concerns about their parents’ preparedness for retirement, while at the same time lacking knowledge about how to plan for their own retirement. This was the result of a recent JA USA and AIG survey on American teens’ awareness of retirement concepts. The survey also showed that sixty-nine percent of 13- to 18-year-olds say they know little or nothing about financial planning. More than a third (34 percent) of the respondents believe they’ll will retire at age 60 or younger; however, one-third believe they’ll need less than $5,000 in savings in order to retire. On average, the teens plan to start saving for retirement at age 29.
JA Americas has launched its first regional contest to crown the JA teacher and JA volunteer of the year. It is an opportunity for each member nation in the Americas region to highlight rising stars among its committed teachers and volunteers. Each national JA organization will nominate candidates, who will then be evaluated by an international jury based on the candidates’ ability to transform education, demonstrated impact on students’ lives, and alignment between their actions and the JA mission.
Earlier this month, USAID announced a cooperative agreement with JA to mobilize skilled volunteers to help grow women-owned businesses and youth entrepreneurship in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Read more.
JA Brazil recently held two gourmet fundraising dinners prepared by a French Michelin-star chef in São Paulo. The “Rota Delta Michelin” (Delta Michelin Route) was sponsored by Delta Air Lines and received 100 guests each night. The funds raised at the two events will benefit numerous educational JA projects across Brazil.
JA Asia Pacific:
Vivian Lau, President of JA Asia Pacific, recently joined other regional leaders at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss agenda topics on two panels: Women Entrepreneurs in ASEAN and The Future of Jobs in ASEAN. Among other leaders on the panels were Kang Kyung-Wha, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea; Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam; and Francesca Chia, CEO and cofounder of GoGet and a JA alumna. “At the heart of the 4th Industrial Revolution is the co-creation and co-evolution of the future with our youth,” Vivian Lau said at the Future of Jobs panel.
Six young entrepreneurs and leaders from six different countries selected for this year’s FERD’s List were recognized at a ceremony at Norway House in Brussels on October 10. The honorees are all JA alumni and started their entrepreneurial journey thanks to practical entrepreneurial experiences in school. Johan H. Andresen, the Chairman and owner of Ferd, introduced the honorees at the ceremony, which was jointly hosted by Ferd, JA Europe, and the Ambassador of Norway to Belgium.
Adam Warby, the CEO of Avanade, Inc., is the new Chair of JA Europe’s Board of Directors. Warby takes over the reins from Accenture COO, Jo Deblaere, who has been in the role for the last six years. Under Warby’s leadership, Avanade has grown to over $2.4bn in sales and 34,000 professionals in 26 countries globally. Avanade, the leading digital innovator on the Microsoft ecosystem, is also working with JA Worldwide on new technology initiatives.