“Empowering males to means” is the goal of JA Boy$, says Program Manager Jonathan Bishop. JA Boy$ is a mirror-program to JA Girl$ and will provide gender-specific programs in financial literacy, workforce preparation and entrepreneurship.
Seven years ago, JA Girl$ was created as Junior Achievement’s reaction to the growing number of single-mother households in North Florida and the needs single mothers have for financial education. That program is now being replicated in over 20 cities in the U.S. and five foreign countries.
“The other side of the coin is fathers not remaining in the 30% of households in Jacksonville that have only one parent present,” said Steve St. Amand, president. “While we do not have all the answers, JA believes that career exploration, workforce preparation and financial literacy are three areas that can help address this issue.”
JA Boy$ will serve boys and young men in grade levels from elementary to high school. Before heading to the classroom, male volunteers undergo training that includes strategies for working with boys.
“We currently have several groups receiving JA programming, including the Edward Waters College Black Male Achievers,” says Jonathan. “Additional partnerships are being developed with various agencies. We are also working with volunteers from the community and corporations.”
“We want to inspire and encourage boys and young men to develop knowledge of finance, understand the power of their choices, and achieve their full economic potential.”
If you are interested in volunteering for JA Boy$ or would like more information, contact Jonathan Bishop, JA Boy$ program manager at 904-398-9944 ext.232 or firstname.lastname@example.org.