With the power to end poverty, build financial and career resilience, and prepare for the jobs of the future, the 17 United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also known as SDGs) aim to make a better world by 2030. Guided by these goals, governments, businesses, NGOs, and the general public are working together to build a better future for today’s youth. Local and global nonprofits, community organizations, and schools have a unique opportunity to align their collective work to the Global Goals. What follows is an example of how JA Worldwide is aligning our programs and partnerships to eight of the seventeen Global Goals. (Download JA's Alignment to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a booklet version of this web content.)
As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, JA serves more than 10 million students each year, educating a generation of skilled and inspired workers, makers, and job creators. Through the delivery of hands-on, experiential learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, young people in over 100 countries are growing their entrepreneurial ideas, honing their work skills, managing their earnings, and securing better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
JA’s learning experiences are led by 465,000 volunteers, whose corporations have targeted one or more Global Goals and utilize JA’s global network to achieve them. In addition to dozens of skill-building programs, though JA’s flagship learning experience, the JA Company Program, young people create real companies with real products, often in their first experience with entrepreneurship, product development, small-business finance, and equity valuation.
Now taught in over 100 countries, variations of the JA Company Program in some regions also serve university students and out-of-school youth through, with tailored programs for launching startups and embarking on entrepreneurial careers. Our 100 million JA alumni are not only taking their place as the world’s job creators but also serving as a global force for good, as they develop products with a clear social mission that meet the challenge of reaching The Global Goals.
Lord Michael Hastings discusses the link between The Global Goals and the plight of refugees, especially the need to bring diligence and dignity to the poorest of the world.