What we do

As one of the world’s largest and most impactful youth-serving NGOs, JA delivers hands-on, immersive learning experiences in work readiness, financial capability, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, and more. Globally we reaching more than 10 million young people each year, JA Worldwide is one of few organizations with the scale, experience, and passion to build a brighter future for the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Locally, JA Malta has been providing these learning experiences to our Maltese youth since 1989, initially through our flagship Young Enterprise programme, but now we deliver various programmes and initiatives for ages ranging from 5 to 30 years old.

Work Readiness: Preparing Youth for the Jobs of the Future

JA’s immersive, volunteer-led work-readiness programs teach critical work skills that prepare young people for college, trade school, or the workforce. Whether job shadowing skilled mentors, testing their skills through digital experiences, or developing solutions during business challenges, JA students are prepared for the future of work.

Financial Capability: Developing Financial Independence

JA’s hands-on, role-playing financial-health programs 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. We prepare young people for lifelong financial health.

Entrepreneurship: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Through JA’s real-world entrepreneurship programs—the longest-running in the world—students work as a team to develop an innovative product or service, finance their startup business, creatively market their product, and launch their careers as entrepreneurs or intrapreneur.

Building the skills that employers seek and that entrepreneurs need.

The global pandemic created an opportunity for new digital learning experiences to emerge faster than ever. At the same time, automation, globalisation, and working from home require new skills, just as the largest generation in history is entering the workforce.

JA’s skill-building programs—for students as young as 5 and as old as 25—are more important than ever before in our century of innovation and achievement.

Under the mentorship of volunteers from all sectors of society, JA students benefit from real-world work experience and know-how, transforming their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations as they build toward successful careers, prepare for the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship, and learn to thrive financially.

We equip young people with the employment and entrepreneurship skills they need right now—and in the future. 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.

JA's Theory of Change

“People who believe they will succeed are more likely than others to actually succeed”

– Professors Alfred Bandura and Icek Ajzen


Self-efficacy is a major influencer of belief systems that can positively impact choices, motivation, and behaviours, leading to success when engaging in new challenges.

Self-efficacy is at the centre of JA’s theory of change, is the underpinning of the JA difference, and serves as the foundation of all our learning experiences.

Learning by doing: Mastering skills through hands-on experiences

Working with role models: Observing others with self-efficacy being successful

Developing optimism: Hearing that others believe in your ability to succeed