Junior Achievement Finland
The non-profit organization Junior Achievement Finland (JA Finland) is a leader in entrepreneurial education in Finland. We offer programs supporting entrepreneurial attitudes, work-life skills, and financial education among children and youths. The programs are organized at schools as part of the education they provide. Our free programs reach 35% of Finnish schools and educational institutions.
Our ambitious goal is to introduce our long-term programs in all schools by 2025 through a more sustainable financial support, even more expansive corporate and working life networks, and cooperation with municipalities, teachers, and schools.
This work is supported by our strengthening regional network that we began to build in 2019. Junior Achievement Finland has 10 regional offices that provide support for teaching personnel in their work throughout Finland. The goal of our regional activities is to bring entrepreneurial education tools closer to the teacher, thus responding to the increased demand, varying regional requirements, and deterioration of the economic and employment situations. JA Finland aims to ensure that children and youths are provided the skills required in the future equally throughout Finland.
Our work is boosted by the global Junior Achievement (JA) network operating in 115 countries, whose international expertise and one hundred years of history support the activities.
Versatile entrepreneurial education programs for various levels of education
Junior Achievement Finland offers inspiring and practical programs that are intended to support the teaching of working life capacities, personal financial management, and entrepreneurial attitudes from preschool to higher education. All our programs are based on phenomenon-based learning and learning by doing where the participants are encouraged to apply the skills they learn widely at school and on their own time.
JA offers inclusive learning materials for the programs that support the objectives of the curricula on all levels of education. The teachers can also receive support for using the materials and the implementation of the programs.
Each year, we organize dozens of training sessions where teachers can also network with colleagues whose work contributes to entrepreneurial education. All programs and the related materials and training sessions for teachers are provided free of charge.
Junior Achievement Finland encourages schools to open their doors to the surrounding society. The JA programs include elements that support the reinforcement of cooperation between schools and businesses, such as corporate visits and roles for voluntary corporate representatives as lecturers, competition judges, or sparring partners for practice companies.
JA Finland is part of the international Junior Achievement network
Junior Achievement is the largest network offering entrepreneurial and consumer education to youths in the world. The network reaches more than ten million students in 115 countries annually. The European JA Europe network reaches more than three million students in 40 countries annually.
Each year, JA Europe, the umbrella organization of Junior Achievement Finland, recognizes high-quality activities offered to various age groups and contributions to the success of the JA Europe network with the Model Organisation Award. Junior Achievement Finland has received this recognition on numerous occasions, most recently in 2020.
Board of the organization
The Board of JA Finland comprises prominent and influential working life and business representatives. In 2021 The Board includes:
- Christina Dahlblom (Chair)
- Mika Aho, Yksityisyrittäjäin säätiö
- Laura Juvonen, Technology Industries of Finland
- Jussi Karhunen, Finance Finland
- Mari Kokko, Suomen Yrittäjät ry
- Teemu Kokko, Haaga-Helia
- Camilla Laitinen, SEB
- Jyri Lindén, Nordic Business Forum
- Aki Puustinen, Muuramen lukio
- Sirkku Soini, Me-säätiö
JA Alumni activities
All those who have participated in JA programs are invited to take part in the JA alumni activities. JA Alumni Finland ry is an independent alumni association managed by active youths that does not seek financial profit through its activities. Networking with other entrepreneurially minded youths and business representatives is an essential element of the work of the association.