JA of North Florida receives 2016 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

State Farm Check Presentation

Thank you State Farm!

At our August 18 Board meeting, State Representative Jay Fant joined State Farm agents to present a $5,000 check to fund our ‘JA Work$’ initiative. We are so honored to be a recipient of State Farm’s 2016 Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant!

The grant will fund our ‘JA Work$’ initiative that brings real-world financial literacy & workforce preparation to high school students.

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”, and much like a real job will be monitored and receive feedback on their work.

“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.”

Learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida at www.JAjax.com.

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