The JA Labs Innovation Fund, funded by Citi Foundation, seeks to support organic innovation at JA locations (JA member countries, sub-national offices, and JA local areas) around the world.

In the first round of submissions, 57 ideas sought to harness each organization’s creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, and calculated risk-taking. Applications were judged on three core components: innovation, replicability, and youth impact.

Congratulations to the two winners:

  • Young Enterprise, UK: YE UK will partner with Apps for Good, a tech NGO that teaches young people how to design and build technology products that solve problems that matter to them. This technology will be embedded into JA learning experiences, with potential for further expansion across the UK.

  • JA of Northern California, USA (JANC): JANC will pilot a speed-mentoring and STEM-focused event for high school girls from at-risk communities, called S.H.E Leads (see intro video, below).