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JA Finland’s (Junior Achievement Finland) goal is to advance entrepreneurial attitude and an active lifestyle among Finnish youths by increasing their knowledge of entrepreneurship, providing entrepreneurial experiences, enhancing readiness for working life and financial management skills.

JA aims to fulfill its goals by providing programs supporting entrepreneurship and consumer education for 7- to 25-year-olds through schools, universities, and other educational institutions. The programs are carried out as a part of the schools’ own curriculum. Read more about programs.

JA receives most of its funds from foundations and companies.

Programs to support entrepreneurship education

JA Finland’s programs are mainly available in Finnish and Swedish language. The JA Company Program however is available also in English.

JA wishes to encourage and support schools to open their doors for the surrounding society. JA programs include pre-designed roles for business volunteers which make bridging the gap between schools and companies easier. Our programs form the JA Path of Entrepreneurship Education, which offers collaboration opportunities to all grades from pre-school to universities. JA Finland provides pre-made study materials for all programs and support in using these materials.

JA is a part of international Junior Achievement network

JA is world’s largest entrepreneurship and consumer education organization. The international network reaches over 10 million youths every year in 113 countries. The JA Europe network provides services to over 3 million students in 36 countries.

JA Finland was founded in 2002.  Prior to that, the Company Program was run by Hanken Business School from 1995-2002 as a special project.

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JA Finland a Model Organisation within the European network

The JA Europe Model Organisation Award recognizes JA Finland for performing at high-quality standards and substantially contributing to strengthening JA in Europe. JA Finland has been awarded the recognition several times.

Board of Junior Achievement Finland

Board of JA Finland consists of the following people:

  • Kari Laukkanen (chairman of the board)
  • Kari Björklöv, Fennia (vice-chairman of the board)
  • Camilla Laitinen, SEB
  • Jyri Lindén, Nordic Business Forum
  • Emma-Stina Vehmanen, Miltton Networks
  • Tarja Kallonen, Finance Finland (FFI)
  • Johanna Flythström, Roschier
  • Teemu Kokko, Haaga-Helia
  • Aicha Manai, Finnish Federation of Enterprises
  • Susanna Kallama, Finnish Enterprise Agencies
  • Joni Tikkanen, Elo
  • Kati Lehesmaa, Taaleri

Regional cooperation with YES Network

JA is in a direct partnership with the YES Network. Our collaboration ensures training and support for JA programs is available throughout the country.

YES organizes training for teachers participating in JA programs, advise them in carrying out our programs, and help to find volunteers. YES offices also organize program-related regional events, such as Uskalla Yrittää semifinals, where the best JA companies are chosen to attend the national Uskalla Yrittää final (Finland’s JA Company Program final).

YES offices also provide other tools on topical themes for teaching staff fast and easily.

More on YES offices:

JA Alumni Finland

JA Alumni Finland is the official alumni organization of JA Finland. The members are former participants of the different JA programs who have found their passion for entrepreneurship and want to continue and share the lessons that the JA Programs offer.

JA Alumni Finland organizes many kinds of events and gatherings where this spirit is shown. If you want access to wide network of like minded enthusiastic people with the same passion, join the alumni!

Visit Facebook or their website for more information on JA Alumni Finland.

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