As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA Worldwide prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship.

For 100 years, JA has delivered hands on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. We create pathways for employability, job creation, and financial success.

Each year, our network of over 465,000 volunteers serves more than 10 million students in over 100 countries.
Formerly Young Achievement Australia
From 1977 to 2009, Young Achievement Australia (YAA) was Australia's premier Business Skills Program for high school and university students that existed between 1977 and 2009. As an active member of the JA Worldwide network, over 200,000 participants took part in YAA programs across Australia and also in JA Asia Pacific and JA Worldwide competitions and events. 

After YAA closed its doors after 2009 due to the global financial crisis and a decrease in funding, several alumni came together to take action to relaunch YAA with its first pilot program in 2016 for 100 university students. This resulted in restarting the program and rejoining the JA Worldwide network as JA Australia.

The COY program gives you the opportunity to put your ideas out there. This helped me to build my confidence. After the COY program, I felt comfortable enough to start my own business. I equipped myself with the knowledge that is very helpful for if I ever decide to start up my own company or learn more about venture capital.
Helaina Narvaiza, 2016 COY Alumni , Institutional Funds Group, UBS
Preparing Young People for Employment and Entrepeneurship
Advanced Content Delivery
JA's unique delivery system provides
 the training, materials, and support 
necessary to bolster the chances for 
student success.

Activating Entrepreneurship
World standard entrepreneurship and design thinking techniques are broken down into detailed and implementable modules, ready for you to use to begin your business journey.
Theory in Practice
Go beyond your traditional classroom content and apply what you learn to the real world. Open yourself up to a new way of learning.
A Worldwide Legacy
For 100 years the JA Worldwide has inspired entrepreneurship and created pathways for employment around the world.
Relevant Future Skills are core to every JA Australia program preparing young people for a dynamic future and for jobs that don't yet exist.
  • Industry standard processes: Industry standard ideation, design, market testing, and validation processes.
  •  Leadership Development: through complex collaboration and communication skills
  •  Business Planning: Creating and submitting a business plan using the Business Model Canvas for approval
  •  Professional Mentors Share their experience and their .
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