OneJA Network Newsletter
LETTER FROM ASHEESH
Technology, technology, and more technology. This month, I’m going to outline the latest developments at JA Worldwide that relate to technology. If you’ve been following my previous letters and our OneJA newsletters, you may have noticed an increase in the number of tech-related initiatives that we’re introducing, such as . . . read more in Asheesh's CEO letter.
JA Labs Innovation Fund, Fueled by Citi Foundation, Opens Applications on July 1
We’re excited to announce that the JA Labs Innovation Fund to support innovative programming will accept grant applications starting July 1. The initiative seeks to support organic innovation being developed by JA locations (JA member countries, sub-national offices, and JA local areas) around the world. The mission of the fund is to create an organizational culture that rewards creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and calculated risk-taking. We're grateful to Citi Foundation for supporting this initiative, which is one of the elements of the JA Worldwide Strategic Plan.
We'll award $50,000 in each of two rounds of applications. Awards will vary from $10,000 to $50,000, depending on the complexity of the projects submitted and the number of applicants. Round 1 opens July 1 and closes August 30, with funding decisions by September 30. Round 2 opens January 1 and closes February 28, with funding decisions by March 31. JA locations that are Members in Good Standing are encouraged to apply more than once and can apply to receive a grant for an existing innovation that can be scaled with additional funding, or for an entirely new idea that has significant potential but needs funds for a pilot. More information and the JA Labs Innovation Fund application is available at https://jaworldwide.org/jalabs. Please email Brandie Conforti or Asheesh Advani with any questions.
The Countdown Begins for the JA Global Youth Forum in Mexico!
We're just ten days away from the start of the first-ever JA Worldwide Global Youth Forum, our first Centennial event! Special thanks to Delta, the title sponsor of the forum, as well as incredible support from Dell, HSBC, IBM, KPMG, the Organization of American States (OAS), SAP, and Scotiabank. Thanks to their support, more than 500 young people will experience world-class keynote speakers, business competitions and entrepreneurship workshops, team-building experiences, and more. Beginning July 8, follow @jaworldwide, @jaamericas, and @jamexico_org on Twitter or follow the #JAGlobalYouth hashtag for live updates.
JA Worldwide Promotes Dedicated Staff Members
We're pleased to announce that Carolyn Bassett has been promoted to Vice President, Global Development, as of July 1, 2018. Carolyn is one of JA’s most mission-driven team members, having spent nearly 20 years dedicated to the organization, working in a variety of roles for JA at both the local and global level. She began her JA career in Boston in 1999 as a program manager for JA of Northern New England. Over the course of six years, she served in a variety of roles, providing leadership to the Education Group and Operations. In 2005, Carolyn moved to Colorado Springs to join JA Worldwide as Director of Afterschool Programs to develop and launch the national JA Afterschool Initiative. In 2007, Carolyn assumed the role of Director of Program Support and Student Competitions, directing Global Student Competitions while supporting JA offices, both domestic and international, with implementation strategies and emerging market needs. Carolyn returned to Boston with the relocation of JA Worldwide in the summer of 2012, and joined the global fundraising team. Since that time, she has created and grown global, multi-million-dollar donor relationships with FedEx and MetLife and recently assumed responsibility for JA Worldwide’s global partnership with HSBC, in addition to a host of additional relationships, including Johnson & Johnson, Marsh & McClennan Companies, and MasterCard, to name a few. Carolyn has been instrumental in growing revenue at both JA Worldwide and as pass-through for JA’s global network. She builds deep, lasting, and mutually beneficial donor relationships, bringing a wealth of programmatic and network knowledge to the table, in addition to a commitment to the JA mission, making her an ideal advocate for JA. Please join us in congratulating Carolyn on this well-deserved achievement.
We are delighted to announce Erin Martin’s promotion to Director, Global Operations, Technical Services & Projects, effective July 1, 2018. In her new role, Erin will take on greater responsibility supporting the JA network on technical aspects for the roll-out of Gather (the JA alumni network), the learning management system as our pilots with member countries grow, and JA Program Central. In addition, Erin now assumes the lead role on compliance matters such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), supports the development team with JA Worldwide’s customer-relationship management platform, and is the go-to person for all things IT. Erin joined JA USA in 2005 as an IT specialist, and filled a number of IT roles, ranging from help desk and event support to application administration and training. In 2015, Erin transitioned from JA USA to JA Worldwide to help facilitate and support IT initiatives across the JA global network. If you know Erin, it will come as no surprise that her customer focus is off the charts, and she is always ready to help anyone at any time and share her deep IT knowledge and JA experience. Please join us in congratulating Erin on her promotion and wishing her continued success in her new role.
Partnership with Shorelight Helps JA Students and Alumni Pursue Undergraduate Degrees in the United States
Thanks to a partnership with Shorelight, JA students and alumni have the opportunity to compete for the JA Worldwide Scholars Contest, which gives JA alumni from outside the United States the opportunity to not only attend a top-ranked U.S. university in 2018 or 2019, but also win a scholarship! Share the contest website (scholars.jaworldwide.org) with students and alumni groups, reaching out especially to students who are still undecided about where to attend this fall. Students are eligible to apply if they're beginning their undergraduate studies in Fall 2018 (this August or September), in Spring 2019, or in Fall 2019.
Future of Fashion Survey Gathers Insight on Sustainable Fashion Issues
Last month, you read about JA's partnership with InSpring, which kicks off a three-year project to use the power of youth to bring sustainability to the world of fashion. The first event was May's Copenhagen Fashion Summit, and collaboration continues at the JA Global Youth Forum in July. Please take a moment to share this survey with the young people in your JA area, so that we can hear their ideas about sustainable fashion issues in a variety of cultures.
JA USA Hosts 2018 National Student Leadership Summit
The National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) is part of JA USA's annual celebration of the accomplishments of JA Company Program students from across the United States. This year's NSLS brought JA student companies to Washington, D.C., for three days of learning, competing, and making lifelong friends, with both Company of the Year awards and signature awards for innovation, social impact, financial performance, and global access. We've summarized last week's tweets and posts over on our website. Take a look!
JA on Stage at the WILD Network Forum and Featured on Devex Blog
Our own Erin Sawyer (VP of Programs, Partnerships, & Alumni) and Asheesh Advani (CEO) were on stage earlier this month at the sold-out WILD Network Forum to Advance Women's Leadership in International Development, held in Washington, D.C., where the theme was the "Value of Leadership Coaching." In anticipation of the conference, Devex posted an article from Asheesh that discusses the benefits of coaching for global NGO leaders.
Gather—JA's Global Alumni Community—Set to Launch at the JA Global Youth Forum
In less than two weeks, young people from around the world will gather for the JA Global Youth Forum! In addition to the inspiring speakers, business competitions, and entrepreneurship workshops, participants will be the first to sign up for Gather, a community for JA global alumni (including alumni from Junior Achievement, INJAZ, Young Enterprise, and any other member of JA Worldwide) to meet, network, share ideas, and benefit from opportunities. Watch the following inspiring video to find out more:
HSBC and JA Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership
From June 4 through June 11, JA's worldwide network celebrated the ten-year anniversary of HSBC’s sponsorship of JA More than Money. JA locations from the U.S. and Canada to Ireland, Spain, Greece, and the Middle East and North Africa posted on social media about our shared successes. JA Worldwide and HSBC also partnered to create a thought-leadership article around building youth financial capability, co-authored by Daniel Klier (Group Head of Strategy and Global Head of Sustainable Finance, HSBC Holdings plc) and Asheesh Advani (CEO of JA Worldwide).
Through our decade of global partnership, more than 9,000 HSBC volunteers have enabled over 500,000 JA students in 51 countries to learn future skills and practice entrepreneurship. Over the last ten years, HSBC has invested more than $16 million in training and educating global youth, a significant investment to empower the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, and managers. On our website, you'll find both a sampling of photos shared throughout the week and an infographic about the JA-HSBC partnership.
JA Centennial Collateral Arrives on OneJA July 1; Webinars to Follow in August, September, and October
Ready for Centennial marketing and development materials? Head to oneja.org on or after July 1, and you'll find the beautiful JA 100 logo (shown below), location-specific JA logos with Centennial taglines, a customizable PowerPoint in a Centennial template, a JA one-pager, the first of eight infographics, new business cards and letterhead, an updated color palette, easier (and less expensive) font choices, an updated boilerplate, a global event calendar, updated alumni collateral, and more, all summarized in Centennial Brand Guidelines. More infographics, social-media and web campaigns, and alumni-engagement campaigns will follow throughout the Centennial year.
Our expectation is that JA locations will begin using the collateral no later than January 1, 2019. But there is no embargo on using the materials before then . . . we're soft-launching the Centennial in July 2018, so many locations will begin using them this summer and fall. Watch this space for dates of Centennial webinars in August, September, and October, 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, which launches in September.
Each month, we let you know about content that has been added to or updated on oneja.org.
- Marketing: One year after the release of the updated JA More than Money program, we've also updated the JA More than Money marketing collateral. Take a look!
- Marketing: Ready to promote The Entrepreneurial Attitude? Thanks to a suggestion from JA Europe, we've created Twitter cards in which you can include quotes from the book.
JA USA | JA USA completed its National Student Leadership Summit (NSLS) June 18–21, an annual event that brings together 15 JA student programs. The Summit features the JA Company of the Year powered by The Hartford, Delta Social Impact Award, the EY Innovation Award, the FedEx Access Award, and the ICE NYSE Foundation Best Financial Performance Award. This year, Beelieve Inc. of JA of East Central Ohio won first prize for its business idea to help save endangered bees by selling beautiful seed bombs.
JA Europe | About 60 representatives from European ministries, the business community, and educational institutions met in Budapest in early June to participate in a JA Europe roundtable. Hosted by Citi Foundation, the event centered on the progress of JA Europe’s Entrepreneurship Education Network (EE-HUB) and the six national HUBs in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Turkey. Panels showcased the main achievements and best practices from the project countries and included discussions on how to develop evidence-based strategies to bring entrepreneurship education to more schools across Europe.
JA Asia Pacific | JA Hong Kong students had the unique experience of participating in the IAAPA APAC Asian Attractions Expo earlier this month. Students toured the expo floor and networked with industry leaders. The Asian Attractions Expo is one of the top international business events for professionals in the attractions and amusement park industry in the Asia Pacific region. The sponsor of the Expo, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), is one of JA’s global partners, helping connect young people to the growing field of attractions, amusement parks, and museums.
INJAZ Al-Arab (JA MENA) | INJAZ Al-Arab, INJAZ Bahrain, INJAZ Kuwait, and INJAZ Saudi Arabia are part of the Year 2 beta as JA Worldwide pilots a Learning Management System (LMS) for the network. Year 2 opened with a kick-off workshop in Madrid, Spain, in May. The goal is to move to a multi-lingual, multi-site learning platform for program delivery, training, and content development, which includes active sharing across member countries and shifting from paper to digital delivery and engagement. Pilot groups recommended extending the LMS platform to additional member countries in other parts of the world, bringing the four participating INJAZ organizations to the kick-off workshop in Madrid.
JA Africa | Young developers in Nigeria were challenged to solve problems using technology in four 48-hour hackathons organized by JA Nigeria and TechQuest Nigeria in June. After a day of learning, students were challenged to create a software application using SQL programming language. The winning team designed an app that tracks homeless people and helps find lost family members. Each hackathon was designed to foster collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving within the developer communities at nearby universities.
JA Americas | The initial phase of the EmpleaTECH initiative is underway as about 800 students from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Guatemala have started learning soft skills and basic tech skills. In the next phase, the students will expand their technology skills, with support from SAP and Cisco. EmpleaTECH is a regional initiative launched in November by JA Americas, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and SAP, with strategic support from ManpowerGroup. It aims to train 2,400 young people in Central America over the next three years, to ensure that at least half the group is working by the end of the initiative.
JA Ecuador was honored with a special cocktail reception at the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador earlier in June. The reception celebrated the JA Centennial and recognized Executive Director Luis Salazar and the JA Ecuador team. This was the third event held at the Embassy in honor of JA. The first was when JA launched in Ecuador in 2001, and the second during JA Ecuador’s 10th anniversary in 2011.