JA Building a Financially Capable Generation

Age Range


JA Building a Financially Capable Generation is a financial education experience for young people. It is designed to enable students to gain the skill sets, mindsets, and behaviors they need to own their financial futures. 

Learning Experience
The more you know about managing your money—ways to earn it, how to spend it wisely, and how to save money—the more control you have over your life. 
That is why we partnered with HSBC and created JA Building a Financially Capable Generation: so that young people gain financial management skills, practice smart behaviors, and take actions that enable sustainable living. 
Learning Goals
JA is bringing teachers and volunteers to translate financial literacy into financial capability by illustrating it is not just what young people know, but whether they have the willingness, confidence, and opportunity to act. Our goals for students is that participants in the learning experience will:
  • See the value in managing money proactively.
  • Identify what is needed to make appropriate money management decisions and act on them.
  • Acquire the skills to turn knowledge into practice.
  • Believe and have confidence they can act according to their interests.
  • Evaluate barriers to active money management.
In 2022, teachers and volunteers in 17 countries are delivering the three-part learning experience to groups of students ages 12-16 in schools, community centers, and virtual spaces.
Learning Components
The JA Building a Financially Capable Generation learning experience is designed to reinforce characteristics and behaviors of a financially capable person.  Educators and volunteers coach students through the following activities while creating opportunities for them to demonstrate and apply their learning: 
  • Financial Capability Workshop:  Volunteers and educators introduce students to key concepts and strategies for managing their money.
  • FinQuest App: Students experience and overcome money management challenges through a free financial education app.
  • Global FinCap Challenge: Teams of students develop ideas for social action through an intensive innovation camp and international competition.
Participating Locations
JA is working with several partners on this initiative: 
  • JA Worldwide: As the umbrella organization of a global federation, JA Worldwide supports a network of partners in 100+ countries and six regional operating centers in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Americas, Middle East and North Africa, and the United States. Through this network JA Worldwide engages 500,000 volunteers and teachers and inspires over 10 million students. A full list of JA locations can be found here: https://www.jaworldwide.org/locations.
  • HSBC: JA Worldwide partnered with HSBC, one of the world’s largest banks, to develop, launch, and grow the JA Building a Financially Capable Generation initiative. In each participating location, HSBC employees serve as volunteers and deliver the project’s foundational session, mentor youth through the FinQuest app experience, and coach teams of youth through the Global Innovation Challenge.