History

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, President of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, President of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray, Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 30 years, JA has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and after-school students.

Our local charter, Junior Achievement Northern Alberta & NWT, was established in 1964. It’s been over 50 years since we’ve started, and we have been working diligently to inspire young Canadians to achieve their highest potential as citizens of our global community.

Today, more than 250,000 students participate in JA Canada.  We owe our success to our phenomenal JA volunteers.  They are the backbone of our organization.  Through the devotion of their time, JA volunteers help us reach our mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy.

If you haven’t already, visit our volunteer portal and join our effort to make a fun and positive difference.