© Photo special to The Guardian by Brian Simpson
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.”