Grant to benefit 10,000 low-income students’ summer camp
The Jim Moran Foundation has invested $47,500 to provide Junior Achievement summer programs to 10,000 students in Duval County. The funding will enable JA of North Florida to purchase the JA program materials that will be used at community and school sites it has partnered with to bring financial literacy and workforce preparation education to students this summer.
Junior Achievement of North Florida will partner with 23 community sites that primarily serve low-income youth between the ages of 5-15. Beginning in late May and running through early August 2014, the camp experience will be enhanced with JA’s professionally prepared work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurial programs in an effort to increase students’ career awareness and readiness.
“The support of The Jim Moran Foundation means that Junior Achievement programs will be provided to 10,000 summer camp participants in Jacksonville,” said JA President Steve St. Amand. “Many of the organizations that will receive JA programs this summer are familiar to The Jim Moran Foundation and they look forward to joining JA in providing solid educational activities to the organizations’ summer camp participants.”
JA programs reinforce standard curriculum facilitated by educators during the school year. According to the National Summer Learning Association, most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency skills over the summer months. Access to summer learning opportunities and the added component of JA’s educational experience encourages increased student engagement and enables students to acquire the necessary economic education and skills required for success in post-secondary institutions, and the future workforce.
About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $45 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 — with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation’s significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit http://www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 35,149 students reached during the 2012-2013 school year.