Junior Achievement of North Florida received a $5,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant to carry out its JA Work$ initiative that teaches workforce preparation to high school students.
These students will get a firsthand experience of the working world when they are trained and given a “job” to teach Junior Achievement’s professionally prepared financial literacy programs to elementary students, while receiving feedback and evaluation on their performance.
JA Work$ allows high school students from low income families to have a better understanding of the workforce and the work place. Three hundred students from Ed White High School, Lee High School, and Ribault High School – all Title I schools on Jacksonville’s Northside – have been recruited to participate and will be exposed to resume writing, job interviews and the responsibilities of work.
Fifty of these high school students will go on to teach Junior Achievement classes in three Title I elementary schools. The high school students will receive a stipend upon completion of their “job” teaching a JA elementary class, and much like a real job will be monitored and receive feedback on their work.
These high school students will have a deeper grasp of financial concepts because they have to teach them as part of a JA program to elementary students. In addition, they will learn about responsibility, working in front of a group and the value of contributing to their neighborhoods. The elementary students who are taught JA programs by the high school students will not only be exposed to JA programs but to positive role models from schools in which they will soon be enrolled.
“The State Farm-sponsored JA Work$ initiative provides a direct impact on students graduating from high school,” said JA of North Florida president Steve St. Amand. “Junior Achievement’s workforce preparation programs that highlight resume writing, interviewing skills and workplace skills are coupled with actual work experience to give students a ‘how to’ guide for use once they graduate.”
Two years of implementing JA Work$ has proven that high school students who participate gain valuable workforce preparation insight and knowledge. This year, thanks to State Farm’s continued support, Junior Achievement will expand the program and double the number of JA Work$ participants – preparing more students for financial and workplace success after high school.
We would like to extend a special thank you to State Farm for supporting Junior Achievement and the young people in our community.
To learn more about Junior Achievement programs available to youth in North Florida, click here.
To learn more about State Farm community involvement, click here.