JA says “Thank You” to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch


Bank of America/Merrill Lynch volunteers taught 47 classes last year, teaching 1,048 students and contributing the second most number of volunteers to teach Junior Achievement for 2012-2013.

“This company is making a huge impact on the students in the Jacksonville area,” said Rita Story, JA Southside Program Director.

Volunteers are crucial for JA to succeed in its mission of inspiring young people to reach their potential. Liz Spears, customer service team manager, mentioned her favorite part of volunteering was “The overall experience. I’ve never done anything like that before…it was an amazing experience!”

Amy Franks coordinates volunteers for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch:

“We’re helping to educate the youth early; it’s important because they’re our future workforce.”

“Junior Achievement has been a great partner and allows employee volunteers to be a teacher, mentor and role model for kids where we positively influence the future of our city and organization,” said Steve Avera, Director, who serves on Junior Achievement’s Board of Directors.

JA Days are one way this company supports Junior Achievement and helps the youth of North Florida. During “JA in a Day,” company volunteers devote an entire day to teach a JA program, a process that normally takes five weeks to complete. At the end of the school day, the students will have completed all five JA lessons and will have earned their JA certificate.

Kings Trail Elementary is one school that Bank of America/Merrill Lynch adopted as part of JA Day:

Elizabeth Joyce

Liz Spears

With Junior Achievement, company employees brought hands-on education in economics and personal finance to students.

Rebecca Blitchington, Alana Parks, Amy Franks, Stacey Phillips

Recently a social was held that recapped Bank of America/Merrill Lynch’s volunteer efforts and support, while treats from Bruster’s Ice Cream were served. JA of North Florida looks forward to a continued partnership with the company!

Rita Story, JA Southside Program Director (standing) acknowledges company volunteers for their support. Sitting left to right, around the table: Emily Finch, Stacey Phillips, Shannon Boyce, Megan Mathis, Elizabeth Joyce, Amy Frands, Steve Avera, Stefanie Flemmens, Matt Smith, Chad Regier, Olesya Strelnikova.


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