9th Annual ‘$mart Women Make Change!’ to benefit JA Girl$

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Save the date-9th annual SWMC

The annual $mart Women Make Change! is Junior Achievement’s signature event to benefit the JA Girl$ program. JA Girl$ has educated more than 19,000 girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship since 2006.

The featured speaker for 2017 is Denise Johnson, group president of Caterpillar Inc. and Board member for Junior Achievement USA.

Denise follows other women in leadership who have served as keynote speaker in years past including Alex Sink, Pam Bondi, Jenna Bush Hager, Kathleen Murphy, Christina Norman, Danica Patrick, Amy DuBois Barnett, and Sonia Manzano.

Tables for the luncheon start at $1,500. Reservations can be made at www.JAjax.com.

$mart Women Make Change! is supported by a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, est. 2015.

About JA Girl$

The mission of JA Girl$ is to provide hands-on experiences and educational opportunities that honor, value and celebrate the female perspective, experiences and unique development. The program has served more than 19,000 girls in North Florida since its inception in 2006. JA Girl$ originated in Jacksonville and has been adopted throughout 25 JA Areas in the United States and five foreign countries.

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Citi’s JA in a Day at Waverly Academy

In partnership with our JA Girl$ program, each year Citibank women return to Waverly Academy to teach JA in a Day.

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Volunteers taught the JA More Than Money program which teaches earning, spending, sharing, and saving money. Students played the Community Game to reinforce their money-management skills and to better understand the role and importance of money in their lives.

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Volunteers taught JA It’s My Business! to older students, during which they discussed knowing customers’ wants and needs, launching effective marketing, and creating detailed business plans.Students began to identify the skills and knowledge needed to start a business. Putting this knowledge into practice they worked in groups to complete a blueprint for a teen club. They identified the first entrepreneurial characteristic, “Fill a Need,” by considering customer needs and brainstorming product design. They wrapped up the assignment by presenting their “Club Blueprint” to the class.

Thank you volunteers for empowering these young ladies with financial and business knowledge!

View more photos from JA in a Day at Waverly Academy here.

About JA in a Day

“JA in a Day” is a unique initiative that allows volunteers to teach all of the lessons of Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs in an intensive and effective one-day effort.

During the course of JA in a Day, students will learn about various aspects of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. At the end of the day, students will receive their JA certificates for completing the program. Click here to learn more.

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Fidelity Investments women inspire JA Girl$ participants

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Our JA Girl$ program recently partnered with Empowerment Resources to bring JA Career Success and JA It’s My Future to their Journey Into Womanhood program participants.

The young ladies visited Fidelity Investments on a Saturday to engage in the interactive lessons and ask questions to the ladies of Fidelity Investments. The women from Fidelity Investments served as inspiration to the young girls as they spoke about all things careers, personal brand and financial literacy.

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The young ladies participated in topics including:

  • 4Cs: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
  • Strong soft skills
  • Work priorities
  • STEM and other high-growth industries
  • Personal-brand and job-hunting tools—resumes, cover letters, interviews, and digital profiles

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JA Career Success equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees, and also learn about valuable tools to find that perfect job, including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques.

Thank you to photographer Tonya Austin for the photos.

JA Girl$ is a Junior Achievement of North Florida initiative to educate girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. Learn more about this program and ways to get involved by clicking here.

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Girls learn tools for success at Junior Achievement’s Day of The Girl

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The inaugural Day of The Girl event hosted by Junior Achievement of North Florida’s JA Girl$ program and Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. was held July 21 at JaxPAL’s location on Monument Road in Jacksonville.

A day ALL about girls, Day of The Girl aimed to provide a holistic, girl-centered approach to the Junior Achievement concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness.

The day was emceed by Angela Spears, Angela Spears Communication, and six workshops led by local business women and leaders covered everything from saving money to leadership to social media savviness.

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“I learned why it’s important to save money now,” said one 8th grader from The Bridge of Northeast Florida TEAM-Up. “I want to be able to live a good life and I can’t if I waste all my money.”

A seventeen-year old girl from Daniel Memorial Independent Living Program said the program has made a positive impact on her life. “I needed this,” she said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes already; I’m trying to do better. This was fun…I learned a lot that can help me now and later.”

Junior Achievement’s ‘Reverse Job Shadow’ was incorporated into the day. Presenters spoke to rotating groups of girls about educational requirements, salary range and skills needed to work in their career field.

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“You saw the light bulbs go off,” said one volunteer from Voya Financial. “The girls were so excited to know they have a choice in how their life will turn out.”

The ‘Economics of Healthy Eating,’ sponsored by The Jim Moran Foundation, taught girls how to save money on food but eat healthy at the same time.

In total, 220 girls from the following groups participated in Day of The Girl:

  • JaxPAL
  • Girl Scouts of the Gateway Council
  • Girls on the Run – Northeast Florida
  • Daniel Memorial – Independent Living Program
  • Daniel Memorial – Residential Program
  • Daniel Memorial – Journey To Success Program
  • Virtue Art & Science Academy
  • The Bridge of Northeast Florida – Team-Up
  • Individual registrants

“I can’t wait for next year,” said one parent. “The girls were so excited to have a day just for them; all about girls.”

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The inaugural Day of The Girl’s success is due in part to incredible women who volunteered from the following companies:

  • Bank of America
  • Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office
  • Macquarie Group
  • Primerica
  • Voya Financial
  • Women Entrepreneurs

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Special thanks to Chase Bank, Natural Life, and Panera Bread for providing in-kind donations to Day of The Girl, and to Celebration Church for stuffing the Day of The Girl goodie bags.

“There’s something magical that happens when you provide girls with a space to just be themselves,” said Sabrina Kinslow, JA Girl$ Program Manager. “To ask questions. To be confident in their answers. To be inspired to dream big. ‘Day of The Girl’ was created to provide that space.”

She continues, “Day of The girl provided the tools and role models to encourage the continuation of developing healthy, successful girls. JA Girl$ and JaxPAL know healthy, successful girls become healthy, successful women.”

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View more photos on Junior Achievement’s Facebook page.

JA Girl$ is a Junior Achievement of North Florida initiative to educate girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship. Learn more about JA Girl$ and how you can become involved.

$mart Women Make Change!, the signature luncheon event to benefit JA Girl$, will take place October 20 at the Florida Blue Conference Center. The event will feature keynote speaker Sonia Manzano, “Maria” on Sesame Street and Author. All proceeds from this event fund the JA Girl$ program and make Day of The Girl possible. Click here to learn more about $mart Women Make Change!.

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‘Day of the Girl’ presented by Junior Achievement and JaxPAL

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Junior Achievement and Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. present inaugural ‘Day of the Girl’ for girls ages 10-18

A day ALL about girls!

Day of the Girl is a subprogram under Junior Achievement‘s JA Girl$ initiative.

JA Girl$ and partner organizations, companies, and local entrepreneurs will facilitate workshops on topics of concern for 300 girls in Jacksonville, primarily in upper elementary school, middle and high school grades.

There will be lessons and workshops focusing on budgeting & saving, healthy eating, personal & school safety, entrepreneurship, self-esteem & image, leadership and more.

The day is open to girls ages 10 – 18 years old.

Registration is full! But volunteers are needed for the Reverse Job Shadow component. More info and sign up to participate in Reverse Job Shadow is here.

When:
July 21, 2016
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Where:
Police Athletic League of Jacksonville, Inc. (JaxPAL)
3450 Monument Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225

Contact
Sabrina Kinslow
JA Girl$ Program Manager
904-398-9944 ext. 225; sabrina@JAjax.com

Day of the Girl provides girls with a holistic, girl-centered approach to the Junior Achievement concepts of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness.

Each workshop will encourage and inspire girls to make decisions now, to help ensure a brighter future. The day will also feature a career fair and will provide a healthy morning snack and lunch.

Day of the Girl shares the vision and mission already in place for JA Girl$:

Vision
To inspire girls and young women to open their minds to new opportunities, understand the power of their choices, and reach high to achieve their full economic potential.

Mission
To prepare girls and young women for economic success by providing hands-on experiences and educational opportunities that honor, value and celebrate the female perspective, experiences and unique development.

Learn more about JA Girl$.

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