MILWAUKEE –  Junior Achievement Worldwide has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize, JA announced today.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, a member of the global JA network, has been serving young people in Wisconsin for 70 years, equipping them with the skillset and mindset to create sustainable businesses, find meaningful employment, and build thriving communities.

Nominations may be received only from heads of state and certain elected officials, university professors in selected fields, past Nobel laureates, and a few other notable individuals. Although the identity of each nominee officially remains anonymous for 50 years, JA Worldwide received permission to share that JA was nominated by a distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs who was impressed by JA’s global reach, success in delivering economic empowerment to youth at scale, and ability to find unity in diversity. For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents, JA serves a conduit for peace.

“Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment,” said Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, about the nomination. “JA Worldwide is honored to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”