Our Mission

Strategic Plan

Our strategic plans are based upon a strategic framework that has been developed by JA Worldwide®. This framework provides the over all strategic guidelines that each area is to follow. Our Board of Trustees has adopted this template.

The JA Worldwide® Vision is a straightforward document. It has four basic parts and each part serves a different purpose:

The Core Purpose spells out our organization's fundamental purpose.  It answers the question "why do we exist?" It conveys the "soul" of our organization, our idealistic motivations, and represents the value we bring to society.

The Core Values spell out our fundamental, inviolable organizational beliefs. They define what we stand for and what we hold onto.  Our values serve as a set of timeless guiding principles that require no rational or external justification. They represent the way we want to conduct our business.

The Long-Term Aspiration spells out our long-term vision for JA. This vision might take 10-30 years to achieve. It clearly represents thinking beyond our current capabilities, constraints, and impact. It is intended to make us stretch and grow in pursuit of the vision.

The Envisioned Future provides a vivid picture of what JA will look and feel like when we achieve our Long-Term Aspiration.  The Envisioned Future is intended to help us identify the critical success factors we must pursue to make our vision a reality.  It will guide us in the development of supporting objectives, strategies, and tactics as we move into the future.

Our Core Purpose

The organization's fundamental reasons for existence (why we exist) - not the result of our business, not a goal or a business strategy, but the value we bring to society - the idealistic motivations, the "soul" of the organization

"To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy"

Our Core Values

A small set of timeless guiding principles that require no rational or external justification (how we want to conduct our business). Fundamental, inviolable beliefs of the organization. They define what we stand for and what we would hold onto, even if it became a competitive disadvantage.

  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of market based economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration
  • Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

Our Long Term Aspiration

Should stimulate progress and create excitement (requires stretch and growth on the part of the entire organization). Takes 10-30 years of effort to complete, with a 50-70% probability of success. Thinks beyond the current capabilities of the organization, current environmental trends, forces, and conditions.

To be recognized by businesses, educators, and policymakers around the world as the premier organization for inspiring and preparing young people to become successful, contributing members of the global society, and for uniting people of all nations around the common goals of creating jobs, building stable economies, and providing higher standards of living.