International Women's Day

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International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Today, the global day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

JA Worldwide’s senior leadership team (60% women) and the larger JA network (with counts more women than men in member-country executive-director positions) celebrate International Women’s Day each year. Learn more about the day.


JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Competition

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This three-day competition, hosted by JA Philippines, is JA Asia Pacific’s celebration of the achievements of JA Company Program students in the region. The competition is not simply a business competition for young people. The goal is to balance the business achievements of each company as a whole with the personal development of each individual member. Judges will be looking for evidence of innovation and the application of new ideas in all aspects of running the company. They also will look for an understanding that continuous improvement through innovation is essential to the success of a business. Learn more about the event.


Global Education & Skills Forum and Global Teacher Prize

Over two days, more than 2,000 delegates at the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) share, debate, and shape new ways for education to transform our world. The forum, hosted by the Varkey Foundation, culminates in the awarding of the Global Teacher Prize, which recognizes the exceptional work that teachers do around the world. JA Worldwide is proud to be a global partner of the GESF. Learn more about the event.


Global Money Week and European Money Week

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Global Money Week (GMW) is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship. Starting in 2012, the campaign has touched the lives of 32 million children and youth in 169 countries worldwide.

The fifth European Money Week will take place 25–29 March 2019, with financial education events organized by national banking associations across Europe, under coordination of the European Banking Federation. This annual initiative now involves young people in more than 32 countries, with activities ranging from classroom sessions to seminars and conferences, all seeking to improve financial literacy through better financial education. Learn more about the week.


JA Global Centennial Gala

Come celebrate 100 years of teaching work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to young people in over 100 countries! Founded in 1919, JA serves more than 10 million young people each year; as a result, hundreds of millions of JA alumni are changing the world as innovators, entrepreneurs, makers, and managers. Join us at the beautiful State Room (Boston, Massachusetts, USA) for our signature Centennial event. Learn more about the event.


WILD (Women Innovators & Leaders) Network Forum

WILD (Women Innovators & Leaders) Network Forum

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This one-day forum is designed seasoned and emerging leaders in the international-development sector who want to deepen their individual leadership skills and build a culture of inclusive leadership in their organizations. JA will join presenters from nonprofits, private sector companies, governments, social enterprises, foundations, and grant-making organizations.  Learn more about the event.


JA USA National Student Leadership Summit

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The  National Student Leadership Summit  (NSLS) is part of Junior Achievement’s annual celebration of the accomplishments of  JA Company Program students, ages 15–19, from across the United States. They develop and market a product or service with the goal of realizing a profit for their shareholders. Reaching nearly 14,000 U.S. students during the 2015–2016 school year who created nearly 700 start-ups, JA Company Program gives teens the skills to start and run their own businesses under the mentorship of a local business volunteer.

This pinnacle event brings together 15 JA student companies to Washington, D.C., USA, for three days of high-impact JA experiences. The Summit features the  JA Company of the Year powered by The Hartford, the FedEx Access Award, the Delta Social Impact Award, and the  ICE NYSE Foundation  Best Financial Performance Award. 


Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSME) Day

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2018 marks the first UN Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day, to which JA was a signatory in 2017. These enterprises, which make up over 90 percent of all firms, employ fewer than 250 persons, and make up the backbone of most economies worldwide and play a key role in developing countries.

The UN General Assembly, recognizing the importance of these enterprises, decided to declare 27 June the Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day to raise public awareness of their contribution to sustainable development. Learn more about the day


JA100 Young Enterprise Reception

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The House of Lords will host Young Enterprise (JA in the UK) for a reception on June 27, 2019. Lord Jamie Borwick will host the London event. Details to follow.


JA Europe Company of the Year Competition

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This year JA Europe celebrates the 30th anniversary of the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition in France. The event will be combined with the centennial celebration of the JA Company Program at the worldwide level and the 2nd European Entrepreneurship Education Summit.

In Lille, all of the JA organizations in Europe will celebrate their best 200+ young entrepreneurs. A high-level panel of 10 judges will examine the contestants. They'll evaluate their approach to communication, teamwork, problem-solving, objective-setting, planning and review, administration and financial systems, personnel management, product development, customer focus, marketing and sales, as well as financial results. How the students have developed their business skills is also assessed. Learn more about the event.


World Youth Skills Day

Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and are exposed to lower quality of jobs, greater labor market inequalities, and longer and more insecure school-to-work transitions. In addition, women are more likely to be underemployed and under-paid, and to undertake part-time jobs or work under temporary contracts. To raise awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development, the United Nations General Assembly designated July 15 as World Youth Skills Day.

At JA, our entire focus is on youth employment and entrepreneurship, and we’re proud to participate in this important day of recognition. Learn more about the day.


JA Canada Success Summit

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This summer, at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in beautiful Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Next Generation Leaders Forum will evolve into the JA Canada Success Summit, a global conference for young entrepreneurs. The week-long transformational event affords students the unique opportunity to meet and network with the JA student community. Delegates will hear from speakers, participate in hands-on workshops centered on ten skills required for personal and professional success, and collaborate with their global peers to respond to a real-world business challenge. A trade show will be held for students to showcase their products from the JA Company Program. Registration for the summit will open in February.


FedEx Express/JA Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge

FedEx Express/JA Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge

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Since its debut in 2007, the FedEx Express/JA Asia Pacific International Trade Challenge (ITC) has developed over 17,000 young entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific region. The first ITC started from inspiring students from three markets, and over the years has grown to become a signature student event, with 48 students from eight markets (Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) took part in last year’s competition. 2018 marks the 12th anniversary of ITC, held in Singapore. Read more about previous events. Precise dates and other information will follow.


International Youth Day

International Youth Day

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The United Nations' (UN) International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12 each year to recognize efforts of the world's youth in enhancing global society. It also aims to promote ways to engage them in becoming more actively involved in making positive contributions to their communities. 

At JA, we’ve developed customized experiences to prepare and foster future social entrepreneurs—students who aspire to start companies that serve a social need, solve a community problem, or otherwise improve the world around them. We believe that each generation of JA alumni can become a global force for good. Learn more about the day


JA Europe Alumni Conference

Have you secured your spot at the historic JA Global Alumni Conference in Vienna, Austria? The conference, which runs from August 28 to September 1, 2019, will focus on innovation and creativity, communication, and risk taking, and will include a track for JA staff. Registration for JA alumni and staff will remain open until March 15. Don’t miss this chance to network, workshop, and experience inspiring sessions with top speakers. Learn more about the event.


Global Goals Week

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Global Goals Week is an annual week of action where the United Nations and partners from around the world come together to drive action, raise awareness and hold leaders to account in order to accelerate progress to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as The Global Goals.

Timed to coincide with the UN General Assembly, the week includes many exciting events and activations in New York but also around the world, including the Global Day of Action on September 25th, which will see thousands of people show their commitment to the Goals.

JA is proud to be aligning our programs and partnerships to eight of the seventeen Global Goals. Learn more about our work with The Global Goals for Sustainable Development.


World Teachers’ Day

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Held annually on October 5 since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale. Learn more about the day.


International Day of the Girl

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Since 2012, October 11 has been marked as the UN International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. Learn more about the day.


JA Global Leadership Conference

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If you’re a JA senior staff member or board member, mark your calendar for the 2019 Global Leadership Conference, where we’ll focus on the #next100 years! GLC is a unique opportunity to engage with like-minded, passionate colleagues who are committed to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. With 300 participants from all corners of the globe, you’ll activate the power of the JA network and build lifelong friendships.

The conference will have a mix of keynote speakers, panel discussions, small-group workshops, and best-practice sharing in fundraising, marketing, programs, operations, and more. We’ll also be choosing our coveted award-winners, including a new Activator Award, so be sure to apply for awards that you believe your team and individuals have qualified for. Learn more about the event.


Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

With entrepreneurship in our DNA, JA has been celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week since its inception and are proud to be a GEW partner. Read JA’s 2018 article on the GEW blog, and learn more about the week.


Universal Children's Day

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United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and the need to improve children's welfare. Parents, guardians, teachers, health-care professionals, government leaders, and civil society leaders (including JA), religious and community elders, heads of corporations, and media professionals as well as young people play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations. Learn more about the day.


World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

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The World Economic Forum, established in 1971, is the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. The institution carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations, and academic institutions.

Each year, JA Worldwide sends our CEO to Davos and contributes content to the WEF Agenda blog. In 2019, JA’s post was named among the “Best of Davos” content. JA’s senior leadership team also participates in regional WEF conferences around the globe. Learn more about the Forum.


International Day of Education

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On the United Nations International Day of Education, JA celebrates the innate superpowers of education: breaking the cycle of poverty, fostering peace and prosperity, and enabling gender equality! Every child, in every part of the world, requires access to quality education. Learn more about the day.