Across the globe, JA impacts the lives of over 10 million young people each year. To learn more about JA's world-changing approach, read our Annual Reports and Fact Book. Peruse Generation Jobless, our ground-breaking research that analyzes global youth unemployment. Or review the rest of our exclusive studies of the impact of JA on the lives of students and alumni.
Generation Jobless: The Challenge of Global Youth Unemployment
JA Worldwide, 2014
Nearly half of the world’s 1.2 billion young people between the ages 15-24 are currently unemployed or underemployed.
According to a new report published by JA Worldwide, funded by the Citi Foundation, substantive interventions over an extended period of time can effectively address climbing levels of youth unemployment.
The JA Asia Pacific regional operating center has a wide and diverse Board, comprised by business leaders across from various sectors in the region. This Board of Directors collaborates with the JA Asia Pacific team in strategic decisions and priorities for the region. These are the members of the Board of Directors for JA Asia Pacific:
Karen Reddington (Board Chair)
President, Asia Pacific Divison, FedEx Express
FedEx has been a long-term supporter of JA as we believe that investing in the education of our children today opens our world to greater possibilities in the future. JA provides a wonderful opportunity for FedEx to help nurture our next generation of business leaders. With an understanding of how global trade works, these individuals will help their local economies and communities grow. This makes entrepreneurship an important life skill to learn.
President, Asia Financial Holdings
JA Asia Pacific’s mission to help the young learn about enterprise, work and money. With knowledge and awareness of these subjects, they will be better prepared to enjoy successful lives and build prosperous communities. I congratulate all involved in this effort to help the next generation thrive in the real world.
President, Thai Environmental and Community Development
JA is successfully enhancing the young people's education through entrepreneurship, financial literacy, work readiness, and other life skills programs - all qualities which will be beneficial to them throughout their future careers. I am sure all the students will look back to their JA days with gratitude, not only for all the knowledge but also for all the fun times that they had working together so enthusiastically with passion and spirit in developing and presenting their projects. It is certainly rewarding to be part of such a wonderful mission. Thank you for inviting me on the Board of JA Asia Pacific.
Founder and Chairman, COL FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.
The JA story has been an integral part of my journey. It is inspiring to witness how JA programs have given students the opportunity to learn and practice real-life skills.
I was one of them.
I desire to see the growing impact of JA to an increasing number of young individuals in the coming years.
Sui Yang Phang
Managing Partner of Nest Hong Kong
I believe that, more than ever before, technology is lifting communities and empowering lives. Being part of the JA family is an opportunity to support the education of young people, to embrace technology and entrepreneurship. By doing so, I believe we can help level the playing field and create an impact where it’s most needed.
Regional Marketing Director
Mr Adrian Lee
Regional Operations Director
Ms Winnie Ho
Ms Vivian Lau
President and CEO
Senior Business Development Manager
Ms Monique Wong
The JA Experiential Education Model
JA delivers its education programs through volunteers from all sectors of society who bring real life work experience to the training – the JA model is experiential.
JA serves as the nexus between the private sector, public sector and young people. We serve as a bridge for companies, organizations and individuals who wish to be involved in the youth economic development movement.
Our partners enable us to effectively execute our mission and in turn, JA enables our partners to collaborate in addressing societal socio-economic priorities, such as youth unemployment and enterprise creation.
Whether through financial contributions, Board participation, classroom or virtual volunteering, JA offers a collective ability to execute youth empowerment programs and create a lasting, positive impact on the lives of young people.
JA Asia Pacific is headquartered in Hong Kong. The 18 Members JA Asia Pacific network is powered by over 30,000 volunteers and mentors from all sectors of society, reaching more than 825,000 students around the region.