JA Programs for Indigenous Learners build the skills that employers seek and entrepreneurs need.

By building a wide range of skills and nurturing self-belief, JA prepares young people for the future of work, teaches them how to think entrepreneurially, and ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults.

Enrol in a JA Program

Are you a member of an Indigenous Advisory Council or First Nations school? Run a career or business club or program at school or work in a First Nation Community? Enrol in a JA experience!

JA Programs for Indigenous Learners have been thoughtfully adapted to consider the unique backgrounds and experiences of Indigenous youth.

These experiences are:

Tailored for learners aged 5-29 with flexible delivery options

Culturally appropriate

Available to all schools and organizations in urban and rural communities

Share your Knowledge

We are recruiting facilitators within First Nations communities to help us deliver programs in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship. Indigenous community and business leaders play an important role in bringing cultural perspectives to JA program lessons.

You can inspire a young person by sharing your own experiences and real world knowledge as you guide students through the lessons and activities.

To volunteer, please sign up here

For more information, please contact Kimberly Sommer at K.Sommer@jabc.org

Programs include:

  • JA Company Program (new!) This pilot program is generously supported by Peter Brown. Learn more here.
  • More Than Money Grades K-1 (25 minutes), Grade 2 (35 minutes), Grade 3 (45 minutes), More Than Money Grade 4-5 (1 hour)
  • More Than Money & Dollars with Sense (1 hour)
  • Personal Finance (1 hour)
  • Personal Finance & Economics for Success (1 hour)
  • Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success & Personal Finance (3 hours)
  • Post Secondary Prep: Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success & Personal Finance (1-2 hours)
  • Job Prep: Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success & Personal Finance (1-2 hours)
  • Dollars with Sense, Economics for Success & Personal Finance (6 hours)

View program descriptions at jabc.org/programs


 All JA programs are provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors.

Make an investment to bring more JA programs to B.C. Indigenous communities to demonstrate support for B.C.’s Indigenous peoples and Truth and Reconciliation.

To donate, please visit here

For more information, please contact Nancy Cardozo at N.Cardozo@jabc.org

Thank you to our Partners!

JABC is committed to creating meaningful relationships with Indigenous learners, communities and organizations across British Columbia.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report outlines several calls to action under Education, which includes providing culturally appropriate programming and increasing accessibility to programming that can address gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners.

We are doing this by building relationships with First Nations communities, working with them to adapt our programs so they are culturally appropriate, and engaging volunteers from these communities to deliver the programs.

Latest News

October 2023- JABC Introduces Entrepreneurship Program for Young Indigenous Learners  Learn more

September 2022- JABC is very pleased to team up with Bears’ Lair TV to amplify Indigenous youth entrepreneurship  Learn more

January 2019- West Coast Youth Learn the Ins and Outs of Business Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News (JA Student Company Wild Coasters) View Video and Article

View JA Company Program for Indigenous Learners Report
View Year End Report and Supporters

“Our Grade 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 classes had such a blast with JA this year!  These programs were very impactful, impressive, and so well organized that the students really enjoyed themselves. I am really looking forward to working with JA next year and diving deeper into these programs, hopefully in person!”

Teacher Hayley Atkins , W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Secondary School

We acknowledge that our work spans many territories and that our head office resides on the traditional ancestral unceded shared territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations peoples.