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Junior Achievement Rural Expansion

Impacts Entire Province

RADF Investment: $580,000

Other Investment: $765,000

Total Investment: $1,345,000

Project Period: January 2008–February 2010

Community Development Community Development
Education Education

T: 403.237.5252

Project Description

Junior Achievement in Alberta provides training in personal finance, business, entrepreneurship, and career development to students in Grades 3-12, mainly in Calgary and Edmonton. This project took a large step forward in meeting the rural demand for Junior Achievement programs. For the first time, Junior Achievement was taken outside of major cities and piloted in several rural Alberta communities. In addition to educating hundreds of students about business, finance, entrepreneurship, and career development, Junior Achievement created Rural Leadership Councils and recruited and trained volunteers.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits         

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Deliver 640 business and entrepreneurship classes to 15,000 students in 12 rural communities in three years
  • Train more than 1,100 business and community volunteers to deliver Junior Achievement programs
  • Deliver first-year programming to 7,000 students in 292 classes
  • Develop plan to expand and sustain Junior Achievement program delivery throughout rural Alberta
  • Offer new, pragmatic educational opportunities for rural youth