Junior Achievement Africa is one of Africa’s largest organizations working on youth economic empowerment. JA Africa is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the world’s largest youth serving NGOs. JA’s mission is to prepare youth for the future of jobs. Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we empower young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
JA Africa has a presence in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and collectively we reach more than 218,000 youth each year. JA Africa Works in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. We work in partnership with local ministries of education in each country to deliver our programs in schools, working in almost 3,000 schools each year.
Volunteerism is central to JA’s program delivery. We recruit, train and deploy professionals from all works of life who go into classrooms and work in partnership with teachers to strengthen the learning outcomes for children.
Junior Achievement was founded in the United States in 1919, and expanded into Africa in the 1970s. Today, JA’s programs are delivered to youth around the world. Since its inception, JA has impacted more than 125 million young people around the world and has broadened its program scope to include in-school, after-school and out-of-school programs and activities.
With more than 100 member countries, the JA Worldwide network is powered by over 470,000 volunteers and mentors, who serve more than 10 million young people around the world each year.