Volunteers Lift Communities, By: Scott Hillier, President & CEO, JA Canada

April 08, 2019

Volunteer Canada’s theme for 2019 National Volunteer Week is “The volunteer factor-lifting communities”.  As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, this theme rings particularly true for those who volunteer with JA across Canada.

Last year, 12,450 volunteers – from a wide variety of organizations and from diverse backgrounds - shared their experience and knowledge with over 278,000 students. In addition to teaching students about financial literacy and entrepreneurship, the volunteers taught skills that are essential to helping them succeed in school, in work and in life.   By sharing knowledge and delivering a JA Program, volunteers contribute to a student’s personal growth and success.  A Boston Consulting Group study found that sixty-five percent of Achievers stated that JA had a significant impact on their decision to stay in school and enroll in post-secondary education.  Over 75% of student who participated in our programs believe that JA had a significant impact in developing their financial literacy, decision-making, analytical and business skills

The impacts of a JA program go well beyond the individual. The same Boston Consulting Group study showed that JA graduates are 50% more likely to open a business - creating jobs, innovation and wealth for their communities.  The study also found that the work of JA has a direct impact of $105 million on Canada’s economy each year.

We couldn’t deliver our programs and have that kind of impact on individuals, communities and the country without the generous support of our volunteers.

Through their contributions, volunteers have a direct positive and everlasting impact on our communities and country.  They lift not only individuals and communities, but our entire country!

Thank you to each and every one of our volunteers - for your inspiration, your knowledge and your commitment to supporting our next generation of leaders - and for lifting communities, one student at a time.

Scott Hillier, President and CEO, JA Canada

Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.