More than $88k raised for JA Girl$ financial literacy & entrepreneurship programs

Smart Women Make Change luncheon

7th annual $mart Women Make Change attendees at the Florida Blue Conference Center.

Our annual $mart Women Make Change! luncheon took place Sept. 21 and we are happy to announce that more than $88k was raised for our JA Girl$ program!!

JA Girl$ Smart Women Make Change event emcees

$mart Women Make Change event emcees Alexis, Payton and Arden.

Keynote speaker Amy DuBois Barnett, ESPN Executive Editor and former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, inspired the crowd and spoke to the importance of owning your life.

Smart Women Make Change keynote speaker Amy DuBois Barnett

Amy DuBois Barnett: “No one can live my life for me.”

JA Girl$ volunteer J Dianne Tribble

JA Girl$ volunteer featured speaker J Dianne Tribble.

JA Girl$ volunteer J Dianne Tribble, the JA Girl$ liason between PACE Center for Girls and JA, spoke of her experience mentoring young women at PACE who so desperately needed JA’s financial literacy education.

JA Girl$ legacy award Susan Towler

JA president Steve St. Amand with Susan Towler, JA Girl$ Legacy Award recipient.

We presented our first-ever JA Girl$ Legacy Award to Susan Towler of the Florida Blue Foundation. When our president, Steve St. Amand, initially went to Susan and Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Florida Blue) with an idea and a proposal for funding a girls’ financial literacy program, Susan believed in the JA Girl$ program from the start.

Thanks to our supportive Board of Directors and a strong Jacksonville community, we will continue to bring programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to girls and young women in Jacksonville.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Florida Blue Conference Center to support and celebrate the JA Girl$ program, and to all the volunteers, agencies, and schools who have helped bring the program to more than 16,000 girls and young women since 2006.

Three years from now will mark the 10th Anniversary of $mart Women Make Change! and we could not be more excited for the future of the JA Girl$ program.

VIP Reception attendees with Amy DuBois Barnett.

VIP Reception attendees with Amy DuBois Barnett.

View more event photos: click here.

To learn more about JA Girl$ or become a JA Girl$ volunteer, please click here.

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