Feds, province boost P.E.I.’s JA program

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The federal and provincial governments are continuing to support Junior Achievement programming on P.E.I. From left to right standing: Allie McCabe, JA student, Paul Murray, chairman, JAPEI, Innovation Minister Allen Roach, Lexi MacInnis, JA student. Seated) are Egmont MP Gail Shea, left, and Betty Ferguson, president and CEO of JAPEI.

New funding has been announced for Junior Achievement of Prince Edward Island.

ACOA is investing $82,500 in JA to support the organization as it delivers valuable business programming to P.E.I students.

Meanwhile, the P.E.I. government is investing $25,000 to continue its long-standing support of Junior Achievement.

“It's exciting to have the federal and provincial governments continue their commitment to the youth of Prince Edward Island through JAPEI,” said Betty Ferguson, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of P.E.I.

“This partnership will enhance our reputation in delivering top-notch curriculum-based programming in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to students across Prince Edward Island.”

The JAPEI programs are offered to students in elementary, junior and senior high schools.

Local volunteers deliver programs from the business community.

JAPEI’s programming offers five modules: Our Community; Our Country; Our Business World; Economics for Success; and The Company Program.

Egmont MP Gail Shea says JA programs help set the stage for future entrepreneurs and it is these small and medium-sized businesses that generate most of the jobs and wealth in the economy.

Programming has grown significantly since Junior Achievement’s inception on the Island in 1985.

“Entrepreneurship is a cornerstone of Prince Edward Island’s economy and we encourage young Islanders to consider business and entrepreneurship as they consider careers,” said Innovation Minister Allen Roach.

“Junior Achievement exposes young people to business and to business people who can show them how to become business people in their own right.”

Organizations: Junior Achievement, Business World

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island

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Recent comments

  • Stop whining
    February 02, 2014 - 21:14

    Stop whining. It's a good program that benefits youth.

    February 02, 2014 - 17:03

    Once again Gail Shea comes out of Hiding with more of Harper's Bribe Money...Where were you last week Gail when they were shutting down the Veterans office in Charlottetown??? Right you were doing what Stevie told you to do ...Hide and Shut up!!

    February 02, 2014 - 16:17

    Looks like they will fit right in with island "entrepreneurs" with help from ACOA, that's how PEI works.

    • don
      February 03, 2014 - 10:28

      when the money runs out they gone. that is normal.