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JA Lithuania receives 2023 TJ Bata Quality Award among 27 JA Model Organisations

London, 28 November 2023

Growing impact through innovation and new strategic initiatives.

JA Lithuania was recognized as the best-in-class JA Model Organisation 2023 for its outstanding performance and leadership in strengthening JA’s positioning with a focus on innovation and new strategic initiatives.

The TJ Bata Quality Award was announced at the 2023 JA Europe Annual General Assembly in London earlier this week. Since 2009, this award recognises the JA Member Organisation that performs long-term at high quality standards and substantially contributes to achieving JA Europe's strategic goals. This year, the criteria was updated to better align with the evolving education and entrepreneurial landscape. JA Lithuania scored highest across all KPIs and excelled in areas including growth in student reach and volunteer engagement, innovation in the programmatic offer and new activities, and alignment with JA’s European strategy in supporting the creation of a Venture Fund.

The Jury of the TJ Bata Quality Award was composed of representatives of the Bata Shoe Foundation as well as JA Europe Board members. Speaking on behalf of the Jury of the TJ Bata Quality Award, Elvira Pignal, Trustee of Bata Shoe Foundation stated: “The winning organisation not only fulfilled the eligibility requirements, but also excelled at demonstrating the values and ethos enshrined in Thomas J Bata’s business philosophy, which values the entrepreneurial capabilities of the individual as well as of the group as a whole. In particular, I would like to highlight JA Lithuania’s impressive track record in terms of growth, innovation and strategic initiatives.”

In addition, a total of 27 JA Europe member organisations received the prestigious Model Organisation Award during JA Europe Annual General Assembly.

The Award recognises the JA national organisations that perform at the highest quality standards during the last reporting year, meeting or exceeding benchmarks.

The JA Model Organisations for 2023 are:

  • Albania – Junior Achievement of Albania (JA Albania)
  • Austria - Junior Achievement Austria (JA Austria)
  • Belgium - Vlaamse Jonge Ondernemingen (VLAJO)
  • Belgium - Les Jeunes Entreprises (JA Belgium FR)
  • Bulgaria - Junior Achievement Bulgaria (JA Bulgaria)
  • Cyprus – Junior Achievement Cyprus (JA Cyprus)
  • Czech Republic - JA Czech
  • Denmark – Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship (JA Denmark)
  • Estonia - Junior Achievement Eesti (JA Eesti)
  • Finland – Nuorten Yrittäjyys ja Talous NYT (JA Finland)
  • Ireland – Junior Achievement Ireland (JA Ireland)
  • Israel – JA-YE Israel
  • Italy – Junior Achievement Italy (JA Italia)
  • Latvia – Junior Achievement Latvia (JA Latvia)
  • Lithuania - Junior Achievement Lithuania (JA Lithuania)
  • Luxembourg - Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg (JA Luxembourg)
  • North Macedonia – Junior Achievement Macedonia from North Macedonia
  • Norway - Ungt Entreprenørskap (UE Norge)
  • Malta – JA Malta Foundation (JA Malta)
  • Portugal – Junior Achievement Portugal (JA Portugal)
  • Romania – Junior Achievement Romania (JA Romania)
  • Serbia - Dostignuca Mladih / Junior Achievement Serbia (JA Serbia)
  • Spain - Fundación Junior Achievement España (JA Spain)
  • Sweden - Ung Företagsamhet (UF Sverige)
  • Switzerland- Young Entreprise Switzerland
  • Türkiye – Genç Basari (JA Türkiye)
  • United Kingdom - Young Enterprise UK

About JA Europe

JA Europe is the largest and leading organisation in Europe dedicated to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. For over 100 years, JA Worldwide has delivered hands-on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial health. In the last school year, the JA Europe network provided almost 6 million learning experiences for youth in online, in person and blended formats.

Press and media contact at JA Europe: Minna Melleri, Chief of Advocacy and Growth (minna@jaeurope.org)

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