Our Mission

To inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work

Our Values

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


Through JA’s real-world entrepreneurship programmes, students understand the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills for future roles, as well as the value of ‘intrapreneurship’ and social entrepreneurship in today’s economy and society. Students get involved in team working, negotiation, ideation and critical decision-making allowing them to practice skills and acquire knowledge which will be essential to their future careers


JA’s volunteer-led work-readiness programmes teach critical work skills that help prepare young people for their futures. Whether being mentored by skilled professionals, learning about the workplace, or developing business solutions during technical and business challenges, JA students acquire and practice the skills required to navigate an unpredictable future.

Financial Literacy

JA’s financial-literacy programmes expose young people to smart saving and investing, thoughtful spending and credit, the role of taxes, the value of employment and community involvement, and the opportunities of global trade.

The Value of STEM

With hands-on activities students journey through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), uncovering the future and exploring STEM skills and the role they play in the future of the business world.


How do we prepare young people for the world of work when we don’t even know how that world will look?

65% of children who started school in 2017 will be employed in jobs that do not exist today while the average Irish worker faced a 46% probability of having their role automated by the 2030s. While the future is uncertain, it is clear that in the future, our workers and enterprises will be operating in a changed economy.

JA entrepreneurship education programmes provide opportunities for young people to develop the ability to think positively, to identify opportunities to make things happen, to have the self-confidence to achieve their goals, and to use their talents to build a better society.

JAI volunteers encourage students to develop transversal skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem solving which help equip young people with essential skills to prepare them for the future work place and
to achieve success in their lives after they finish school.


A volunteer from ‘the real world’ has significant educational impact in helping students to see the relevance of their studies and their post-school choices. Our young people need positive role models from every sector of the economy in order to fully appreciate the range of options that are available to them.

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(Chairman), Noden Pharma Group
BNY Mellon

Our Staff


Director of Business Development
Finance Director
Operations Director
Communications & Research Manager
Operations Manager
Education Officer - Programming
Education Officer – Technology and Services
Michael Scanlon
Office Manager
Office Administrator
Financial Accountant

East & Dublin

Programme Coordinator

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Area Manager
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Aoife McAuliffe
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