Entrepreneurial programs equip the youth of PEI for productive careers
Junior Achievement PEI prepares students for the workplace, teaches entrepreneurship and financial literacy
November 20, 2018 – Charlottetown, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Gaining business skills allows students across Prince Edward Island to develop knowledge and experiences that will help them to become talented workers and entrepreneurs. That is why the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are supporting Junior Achievement of PEI (JAPEI) in engaging with the province’s youth to develop their interest in running a business, build leadership skills and become productive members of the workforce.
Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Honourable Chris Palmer, Prince Edward Island Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, today announced funding support for Junior Achievement PEI.
Through its Business Development Program, ACOA is providing a non-repayable contribution of $152,602 to Junior Achievement of PEI. The Government of PEI is contributing $46,800 through the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
This investment builds on commitments made by the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provinces to drive economic growth in the region through the Atlantic Growth Strategy, by supporting initiatives that build a skilled workforce, support rural development and create opportunities for Atlantic Canadian youth.
“The youth of Prince Edward Island have been taking part in Junior Achievement PEI programs for the past 33 years; in fact, more than 5,000 students participated in the past year alone. These programs teach students entrepreneurial skills, financial literacy and work readiness that position them to become valuable contributors to the economy. The Government of Canada is proud to support JAPEI’s ongoing programs and its work with students across the province.”
Sean Casey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
“Over the last 33 years, Junior Achievement PEI has done an incredible job fostering the entrepreneurs of the future and giving them the tools they need to be successful in a rapidly evolving economy. It is increasingly important that young people are given the opportunity to explore the possibilities of business ownership and entrepreneurship on Prince Edward Island.”
- The Honourable Chris Palmer, Prince Edward Island Minister of Economic Development and Tourism
“It’s exciting to have the federal and provincial governments continue their commitment to Island youth through JAPEI. This partnership strengthens our ability to deliver top-notch curriculum-based programming in the areas of Financial Literacy, Work Readiness and Entrepreneurship to students across Prince Edward Island. We continue to be motivated to know that a high percentage of participants are saying that JA programming has had a significant impact on their desire to be an entrepreneur.”
- Betty Ferguson, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of PEI
Junior Achievement (JA) is the largest youth business education organization in Canada.
During the 2017-2018 school year, JAPEI delivered programs in 240 classrooms, reaching 5,493 students between grades 3 and12.
JA reaches more than 230,000 students annually with a dedicated network of more than 14,000 volunteers in over 400 communities across Canada.
Junior Achievers are three times more likely to hold senior and middle management positions in their respective organizations and are 50 per cent more likely to open their own business – leading to innovation, new jobs and wealth creation.