HISTORY OF JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT WORLDWIDE.

JA Worldwide is one of the largest global NGOs dedicated to addressing fundamental social and economic challenges of young people by educating and empowering them to transform their future and own their economic success. Through the delivery of cutting-edge, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship, JA Worldwide effectively broadens the canvas of possibility for young people and enriches their ability to both engage in their own economic development as well as contribute to the strength of their families, communities and economies. The 121 country JA Worldwide network is powered by 400,000 volunteers and mentors from all sectors of society, reaching 10.2 million students around the world.

Mission. Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Vision. Be the partner of choice for businesses, educators, and policy makers around the globe seeking to expand youth, education and economic development.

Values
  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talent, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Conviction in the education and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration

OUR FORMULA

Approach

JA serves as the nexus between the private sector, public sector and young people. Our work in youth economic development centers on the three pillars of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Through our programs, we aim to broaden employment possibilities and create transformational changes in the young people we reach. This transformation can take many shapes from building self-confidence all the way to enterprise creation.

JA Worldwide has reached more than 100 million young people over 92 years. Through more than 400,000 volunteers, we reach 10.2 million youth annually across 121 countries.

Organizational Structure

JA Worldwide is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and is responsible for six regional operating centres (ROCs): JA Africa, JA Americas, JA Asia Pacific, JA-YE Europe, INJAZ Al-Arab in the Middle East and North Africa region and Junior Achievement USA. The ROCs foster the global 121 country network, facilitate the sharing of best practices among the country operations and ensure greater impact for the more than 10 million youth served annually.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, INC.

Junior Achievement of the Philippines Incorporated (JAPI) was organized on January 13, 1969 with the purpose of uplifting the education of young Filipinos by building on the outstanding success of Junior Achievement Inc. The Incorporators were leaders of prominent multinational and local Corporations.

Tomas Benitez President People’s Surety & Insurance Co.
Albert W. Dunn President The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of the Phils., Ltd.
Marcial C. Estagle President USI Philippines Inc.
Allan C. Foran President Ford Philippines, Inc.
Eugene L. Kay President Chrysler Philippines Corporation
Charles E. Lehr President Mobil Oil Philippines, Inc.
Manual C. Padua President Philippine Engineering Corporation
Luciano E. Salasar Managing Partner SyCip, Salazar, Luna, Manalo & Feliciano Law Offices
Alfredo M. Velayo Managing Partner Sycip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.
Frededrick J. Zeitvogel President Colgate-Palmolive Philippines Inc.
George Campbell President Getty Oil Philippines
W.W. Donnely President Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific Co. of Manila, Inc.
Harold A. Lange Treasurer Colgate-Palmolive Philippines Inc.
Lary W. Langvardt Treasurer The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of the Phils., Ltd.
John L. Manning President Manila Trading and Supply Co.
Walter James Porter President Esso Standard Fertilizer and Agricultural Chemical Co., Inc. (Phils.)

These companies, as represented by trustees, served as the original JAPI member companies. As member companies, they contributed financially and more importantly, participated in JAPI’s educational programs by providing advisers to teach JAPI programs to young students.

Member Companies

Much like the original member companies, present member companies continue to be involved in JAPI. Aside from contributing financially, member companies support JAPI by participating in JAPI events such as the “CEO Day” wherein top executives of prestigious corporations personally inspire young students by conducting a tour of their offices or plants and providing an overview of their business. Other JAPI activities include fund raising activities such as the “JAPI Annual Golf Classic” wherein top executives enjoy a competitive and meaningful day of golfing. In addition to participation and events, member companies are also invaluable for the goodwill that is spread throughout their respective business communities in JAPI’s behalf.

Because of JA focus on the unconventional and distinct perspective provided by experienced professionals to the system, the most critical area of support is the undoubtedly the recruitment of qualified advisers to effectively teach and implement JA programs to develop young student participants. To aid in this important task, member companies provide capable volunteers to serve as advisors for the various JA programs. This type of involvement is key in spreading the program’s benefits to as many Filipino youths as possible.

Advisers

As advisers, volunteers impart “practical” knowledge to students as a complement to the “theoretical” knowledge being taught in the classroom environment. Advisers share their expertise in the fields of management, finance, production, and marketing. These lessons provide young Filipinos with practical, engaging, and informative activities that educate them about business and economics, and help prepare them for fulfilling careers and contributions to society.

Ultimately, it is not only the students who benefit from this program. Member companies also benefit as their personnel are exposed to a teaching-learning environment wherein knowledge is increased and “people” skills are developed. Because of the interaction that teaching commands, important skills, such as leadership and communication are improved which in turn contribute to the advisors overall versatility

JAPI facilitates the learning environment by providing advisors and students with meeting rooms and JA program manuals that inform and guide discussions in the right direction. JAPI also conducts seminars and orientation programs which prepare advisors for the demands of the various programs. Currently, JAPI offers two programs, the Mini-Company and the Applied Economics program. These programs build on what has worked in the past for JA and what continues to work successfully throughout the world through JAW.

“Learning business by doing business”

The Mini-Company Program helps young Filipinos appreciate and understand better the role of business in the society by allowing them to organize and operate an actual business enterprise. For a ten-month period 3rd and 4th year students from various colleges organize and operate their own mini-company and go through the different steps involved in setting up and closing a company. These steps include capitalization, registration, corporate visioning, election of directors and officers, research and product development, manufacturing, marketing, maintaining a financial record system, preparing of an annual report, distribution of wages and salaries, dealing with taxes, and eventual liquidation of the company. Students assume leadership roles in their companies and perform all functions of business. Each company is guided by 3 advisors (production advisor, finance advisor, and marketing advisor) who in turn are guided by the JA program manual and by their personal knowledge and experiences in the field of business. Through this hands-on approach, students not only learn how businesses function, they also learn about the structure of the Philippines’s free enterprise system and the benefits it provides. Students are left with the valuable skills of critical thinking, leadership, motivation, and application of economic theories to real life business decisions.

Since its introduction in 1969, 25,000 students have graduated from the Mini-Company Program. At the end of each year, the mini-company program is culminated by the Awards Night wherein student-achievers and advisers are recognized for their exemplary performances.