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JA Europe & NN Group extend partnership

22 November 2016

JA Europe and NN Group are starting the third year of their global partnership dedicated to empowering young people to embrace social innovation and master their own economic future.

In the first 2 years of partnership we have impacted more than 16,000 students, with the support from 260 NN volunteers. More than 600 teachers took part in the programmes and more than 1,000 ideas for social innovation were generated.

‘‘NN is a proud partner of Junior Achievement Europe. The global partnership we have with JA matches our global corporate citizenship programme Future Matters, aimed to help improve people’s financial well-being. With the several programmes we support we want to encourage students to embrace social innovation and entrepreneurship to tackle societal challenges. We believe that by doing so they will gain important skills required in any job or business.We are excited to continue working together on achieving our mutual goals,” said Fleur Hudig, Head of Corporate Citizenship at NN Group.

Going forward NN Group and JA Europe will implement even more types of activities in those countries, notably:

  • Social Innovation Relay (SIR), a global initiative which brings together experienced business mentors and students to advance real world social problem-solving in their local communities and beyond. 11 countries will implement SIR: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Japan and Singapore.
  • Social Innovation Camps in 8 countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, NL, Romania, Spain and Turkey
  • Job Shadow Days, giving the opportunity to JA alumni to shadow NN volunteers for one day in Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain and Japan.

"With NN Group, we are asking students to apply their creativity and ingenuity to some of the world’s biggest issues: energy consumption, access to education, skills gaps… Interacting with NN professionals adds real-world relevance, giving young people a better understanding of the competences required and the role businesses play in finding solutions,” said Caroline Jenner, CEO for JA Europe.

About JA Europe
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. In 2015 we equipped 3.5 million students in 39 countries with the knowledge, skills and attitude they require to start a business or get a job.
We deliver educational programmes, build strong business-education partnerships and work closely with policy-makers to ensure entrepreneurship education becomes part of national curriculum in Europe. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®.

About NN Group
NN Group is an international insurance and asset management company, active in more than 18 countries, with a strong presence in a number of European countries and Japan. With around 11,500 employees the group offers retirement services, insurance, investments and banking to more than 15 million customers. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, NN and NN Investment Partners. NN Group is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (NN).

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