For 30 years, Citi and the Citi Foundation have partnered with JA to ensure pathways to opportunity and upward mobility for young people around the world. In our three decades together, Citi and the Citi Foundation have invested more than $50 million in both large-scale and targeted JA initiatives at every level. In addition, long-term infrastructure investments in technology have enabled JA to deploy systems that are aligning a variety of stakeholders, including NGOs, governments, the private sector, school systems, and the youth constituents.
Equally important as Citi Foundation’s investment are the 15,000 Citi volunteers who, for the last 30 years, have shared their wisdom, experience, and passion with four million JA students in more than 50 countries. Additional Citi volunteers either serve on JA boards at the local, regional, or worldwide level, or volunteer for Citi’s Global Community Day, working alongside local JA community partners—from New York City to Warsaw to Nairobi—on service projects that help JA locations execute their mission in a meaningful and impactful way.
Around the world, Citi supports JA in all six of our regional operating centers:
- In Africa, Citi Foundation supports the implementation of the JA Company Program in eight countries, and further supports the program by sponsoring the Citi Client Focus Award at the JA Africa Company of the Year Competition, during which Citi volunteers serve as mentors, judges, and facilitators. Citi also supports the JA ITS TYME (Immersion Training Strategy Targeting Young Marginalized Entrepreneurs) program, which develops youths’ understanding of business and entrepreneurship, and builds the skills they require to establish and successfully manage businesses.
Thanks to the support of Citi Foundation, more than 30,000 beneficiaries in the Americas have access to economic-educational programs. The Strengthening Skills initiative benefits 11,000 young people in four countries. JA Women for Development, implemented in ten countries, supports more than 4,500 women who are building small businesses that benefit their families and communities. And a digitization program that combines digital content with face-to-face sessions impacts more than 15,000 young in Guatemala, Colombia, and Dominican Republic.
At the 2017 JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Competition, the second-place team—Golden Great Ganesha Student Company—produced and sold multi-functional and highly durable ethnic bags with a business plan that impressed judges. The team of four young women from a public school, which competed against teams from well-resourced private schools in the region, received its support from Citibank Indonesia/Citibank Semarang volunteers, who mentored students as they developed their business ideas and throughout the competition.
JA Europe and Citi Foundation foster entrepreneurship at the secondary and post-secondary education levels through Citi’s support of the JA Company Program, impacting more than 48,000 young people. As primary partner of the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition and the Entrepreneurship Education Summit, Citi also awards the Citi Client Focus Award to the student company best demonstrating client-led innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, JA Europe and Citi Foundation collaborate on the EE-Hub project, a network of experts and educators that aims to encourage policy-makers and business leaders to advance entrepreneurship education, both at EU and national levels.
“For over 30 years,” says Rachael Barber, Head of Community Development, Citi EMEA, “our partnership with JA Europe has supported hundreds of thousands of young people to understand what it takes to start and run their own business. Through the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress initiative we are focusing our efforts on preparing young people to be successful in today’s economy.”
In the Middle East and North Africa, Citi Foundation supports INJAZ AL-Arab through the JA Company Program and Innovation Camps across ten countries, reaching over 11,000 students. Both initiatives accelerate young people’s ability to contribute to the economic development of their countries by connecting them with dedicated business mentors and providing them with the skills and mindset they need to inspire positive change in their communities.
In the U.S., Citi volunteers dedicate their time and talents to help drive JA’s mission of empowering young people to engage in their own economic development and contribute to the strength of their communities. During JA Job Shadow Days, groups of high school students are introduced to potential career opportunities by spending the day at Citi offices. Likewise, Citi employees spend a full day in the classroom to support the JA In a Day program, which helps teach and inspire youth about the connection between education and success in the workplace.
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Lastly, at the global level, Citi Foundation is steadfast supporter, allowing the JA Worldwide headquarters to innovate, invest in, and grow the ideas that best support the needs of the JA global network.
For more information about Citi and Citi Foundation, visit citifoundation.com.
FedEx and the FedEx Cares platform are key success factors in driving JA’s impact around the world. With a shared focus on global entrepreneurship, FedEx and JA collaborate at the global, regional, national, and community levels.
The FedEx Access Award, presented at each of the six JA regional Company of the Year competitions, creates incentive for JA Company Program students to seek higher achievement through pursuit of the award. The signature award goes to the team with a business that is innovative, connects to new markets, creates jobs, and demonstrates commitment to sustainability, and social responsibility.
Young entrepreneurs competing for the award are inspired to think creatively and develop innovative ideas, while fostering an understanding of the value of global access to businesses and communities. In 2017, six companies—one from each of JA’s regions—were awarded the FedEx Access Award.
Thanks to funding from FedEx, the 2017 JA Asia Pacific FedEx Access Award winner, Team Hiraya, also appeared in a JA video that went viral throughout the Philippines.
FedEx also supports the International Trade Challenge in Asia Pacific, which has inspired more than 17,000 students in Asia-Pacific since its inception in 2007. To compete, student teams developed a specific product and created an original international marketing plan for a designated country, gaining first-hand experience of the roles that world trade, product distribution, and sales play in a market environment.
2017 also teed-up the FedEx Junior Business Challenge, a unique extension of the JA Company Program at five PGA TOUR cities in the United States. At each event, JA students pitched their business concepts to a panel of judges consisting of PGA TOUR players and a variety of successful business leaders.
The winning student company advanced to the final round at the PGA TOUR Championship in Atlanta, where the overall champion secured a $75,000 donation from FedEx for the local JA office to further support youth entrepreneurship.
In total, FedEx inspired more than 450,000 young entrepreneurs across 95 countries in 2017. To find out more about FedEx and the FedEx Cares platform, visit fedexcares.com.
For more than 70 years, HSBC and JA Worldwide have collaborated to help youth develop financial skills and secure long-term prosperity. This year, we’re especially excited to introduce the redeveloped JA More than Money program.
Two out of three adults worldwide are financially illiterate, leading to high debt, mortgage defaults, and insolvency. This cycle contributes to wealth inequality and limits options for too many people. Yet there is a proven solution: teaching financial basics at an early age.
As part of the experiential JA More than Money program, students ages 7–11 work with trained HSBC volunteers to learn the key differences among earning, saving, and spending; strengthen their money-management skills; and better understand the role and importance of money in their lives.
As young people develop financial literacy, it spurs their interest in more advanced concepts—like social entrepreneurship and self-employment—that benefit not only their own families but also entire communities.
In addition to global support of JA More than Money, a number of JA programs come alive when HSBC employee volunteers share their real-life experiences with students in select countries:
- JA Company Program: Our oldest program, in which students produce a product, create a company, manage their business from start to finish, and then compete for Company of the Year honors.
- JA Global Marketplace: A blended-learning program that provides middle school students with practical information about the global economy and its effect on students’ lives.
- JA Finance Park: A program that introduces students to career exploration and culminates in a visit to an on-site or virtual community where students commit to a budget.
Through JA’s hands-on programs, HSBC employee volunteers provide teachers and students local support to build skills while inspiring young people to become future savings- and investment-minded leaders who positively impact our economy.
To learn more about HSBC, go to hsbc.com.
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For over 100 years, Bechtel has built some of the world’s greatest structures: the Hoover Dam, Trans-Arabian Pipeline, NASA Launch Complex 40, international airports, subway lines, rail lines, and roads.
For the last six years, Bechtel has partnered with JA to build the world’s most precious resource: young people across the globe. As one of Bechtel’s four Signature Partners, JA works with Bechtel volunteers to teach the skills young people need to activate the future of jobs and improve the quality of life in their communities.
A truly global partnership, Bechtel is active in 20 JA locations spread throughout 13 countries—from Gabon and Chile to the Philippines and Qatar—focusing specifically on global youth unemployment, especially the rising gap between the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers competencies employers seek in young people applying to fill those positions. Too often, students remain unaware of the opportunities available to them in STEM and other related fields and fail to understand how their schoolwork and non-technical skills translate to their pursuit of careers.
Bechtel’s engagement with JA Worldwide creates an avenue to connect directly with youth. Four Bechtel executives serve on JA boards, while countless other Bechtel volunteers work directly with students in the classroom, accessing JA programs to teach soft skills and share both their experiences and excitement about their careers.
To find out more about Bechtel, one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction, and project-management companies, visit bechtel.com.
Through the signature MetLife LifeChanger regional initiative, MetLife Foundation facilitates grants to JA member countries across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa (MENA), where MetLife volunteers take an active role in preparing for and delivering sessions.
MetLife Foundation and local MetLife volunteers are key partners driving JA Europe’s and INJAZ Al-Arab’s Progression Model, through which students are introduced to increasingly challenging entrepreneurial concepts as they progress through their educational careers, from gaining a general understanding of the economy during primary school to real-life entrepreneurship experiences once they’re teenagers.
In MENA, the MetLife LifeChanger initiative supports seven JA programs at 67 schools in Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Programs like JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA It’s My Business, JA Innovation Camp, and JA Steer Your Career are activating Arab youth for the future of jobs.
In Europe, students in Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, and the UK are building lifelong entrepreneurial skills. JA offices in Russia, Slovakia, and Spain also utilize MetLife Foundation funding to host job-shadow days, financial workshops, and innovation camps.
MetLife Foundation also sponsors the MetLife LifeChanger Award at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition, recognizing the student company that best embraces social impact, financial performance, and innovation in its business strategy. For more information on the MetLife Foundation, visit metlife.com.
Franklin Templeton Investments (FTI) provided implementation grants to eight JA locations across four regions around the world: Hong Kong, Luxembourg, São Paulo, Central Ontario, Northern California, South Florida, Sacramento, and New Jersey.
FTI’s investment and corporate volunteers allowed for the expansion of JA’s financial-literacy and entrepreneurship programs, specifically to students who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to experience them.
Several JA locations used the company’s funding to expand virtual classroom options, while others partnered with additional schools to increase reach. Two Franklin Templeton employees also serve on local JA boards. Find out more about FTI at franklinresources.com.
Johnson & Johnson’s WiSTEM2D program, launched in 2015, is committed to building a diverse WiSTEM2D community for women and girls of all ages. At the youth level, the program aspires to reach one million girls by the year 2020.
To advance youth outreach, J&J has partnered with JA, FHI360, and the Smithsonian Science Education Center to develop the SPARK STEM2D resource and website, which focuses on creative problem solving and play.
By sparking youth to pursue degrees and careers in STEM2D (science, technology, engineering, math, manufacturing, and design) fields, we’re inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists to make valuable contributions to their communities and drive future breakthroughs in healthcare.
To find out more about the J&J WiSTEM2D initiative, visit jnj.com/wistem2d.
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During Global Volunteer Month each May, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) connects corporate volunteers with JA locations around the world, thanks to MMC’s nonprofit focus on global education.
JA Hong Kong students (pictured at right spent the day with MMC volunteers, using JA’s fun and engaging tools to learn more about personal finance. Prestasi Junior Indonesia, hosted an MMC JA Career Success Day for students who had finished their schooling, but had yet to secure employment. MMC volunteers and students practiced job-interview skills, resume writing, teamwork, and communication skills through hands-on, small-group activities.
Over the course of one month, MMC worked with 62 JA locations in 12 countries to teach a range of JA programs. To learn more about MMC, visit mmc.com.
In 2017, JA collaborated with Nokia to launch JA STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Innovation Camps in five markets, culminating in a global online final for teams advancing from local events.
These experiences engaged 89 Nokia volunteers working with 405 high-school students to develop their idea-generation and collaboration techniques by challenging them to create innovative, viable solutions for real-world problems.
At the finals, which took place digitally across eight time zones, students assumed the role of the Nokia R&D team and were challenged to improve the latest generation of smartphones. The winning idea from the JA New Jersey team was a phone dock that converts a Nokia smart-phone into a traditional desktop computer.
Learn more at stemic.jaeurope.org.