Junior Achievement of North Florida and Voya Financial launch ‘Skills to Achieve’ Program

Check presentation with JA VOYA Wolfson HS

$5,000 grant to expand program presented during launch event

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) and Junior Achievement of North Florida announced the launch of an innovative, new program called Skills to Achieve, an effort that invites high school students to participate in a stimulating, one-day program hosted by various corporations. Students learn what skills are needed to succeed in a specific industry, and employee-volunteers teach participating students lessons on financial literacy and workforce readiness using the Junior Achievement (JA) curriculum.

“The Skills to Achieve program developed for Voya Financial by Junior Achievement is a testament to both organizations’ commitment to youthful career exploration and financial success,” Steve St. Amand, president, Junior Achievement of North Florida. “Voya is a leader in financial planning, and Junior Achievement is the world’s largest financial literacy program provider. The partnership will help more young people appreciate the opportunities at their disposal and what they have to do to succeed.”

The launch event took place at Wolfson High School on April 20. The day began with a check presentation, followed by Voya employees teaching Wolfson High School students the JA curriculum designed to advance financial literacy, entrepreneurship skills and workforce preparation.

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“At Voya, we’re committed to supporting and leading initiatives that drive financial awareness and improve education,” said Jeff Machols, Voya leader and JA board member. “We recognize that, for meaningful change to occur, we need great partners like Junior Achievement and the many schools who participate in JA programs. We’re excited to build on our history of support for JA by launching the Skills to Achieve program, which furthers our goal of teaching hands-on, real-world content and fostering skills that will be essential for students to succeed in the future.”

About Voya Financial®

Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $484 billion in total assets under management and administration as of Dec. 31, 2016. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — Voya’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company®. Certified as a “Great Place to Work” by the Great Place to Work® Institute, Voya is equally committed to conducting business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible and has been recognized as one of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere Institute, as well as one of the Top Green Companies in the U.S., by Newsweek magazine. For more information, visit voya.com. Follow Voya Financial on Facebook and Twitter @Voya.

About Junior Achievement of North Florida

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. 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 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.JAjax.com.

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Junior Achievement will honor Jacksonville philanthropist Lawrence “Laurie” DuBow at 2017 Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of North Florida will celebrate 54 years of bringing financial literacy education to North Florida students in grades K-12 when it holds the annual Hall of Fame luncheon in March 2017.

During the event, the organization will present Jacksonville philanthropist Lawrence “Laurie” DuBow with the 19th annual Thompson S. Baker Award. Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Duval County Schools, will be keynote speaker.

The “Thompson S. Baker ‘Solid as a Rock’ Award” is presented by Junior Achievement of North Florida to an individual who has influenced business and education in the Jacksonville community. The award recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves to bettering our community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. Since 1999, this annual award has been named for Thompson S. Baker, the founder of Florida Rock Industries who unselfishly contributed to the betterment of our community.

Mr. DuBow joins former recipients Pete Carpenter, O’Neal Douglas, Preston Haskell, Tillie Fowler, Jim Winston, John C. Fryer, Jr., Delores Kesler, Bill and Eloise Gay, Luther and Blanche Coggin, David A. Stein, J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver, Gary Chartrand, Harry Frisch, Shahid Khan, Blake Wilson, A. Hugh Greene and Dr. Nathaniel Glover.

JA Hall of Fame honoring Lawrence

100% of proceeds from the JA Hall of Fame remain in North Florida and are used to provide financial literacy programs to North Florida’s students.

When:
Monday, March 13, 2017
Noon – 1:30 PM

Where:
Adam W. Herbert University Center
University of North Florida
12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224

For sponsorships and table reservations, please visit www.JAjax.com.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. 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 56,489 students reached during the 2015-2016 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.JAjax.com.

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EverBank partners with Junior Achievement to teach financial litearcy

Thanks to partners like EverBank, we’re able to bring financial literacy lessons to thousands of students in Duval County Public Schools each year! EverBank created this great video showing our partnership.

The following originally appeared on EverBank’s website:

“For reasons that should be pretty clear to all, we place great importance on the value of sound money management skills and training as well as financial discipline. To help support a stronger financial future for individuals throughout our communities, we proudly assume responsibility for sharing our financial expertise and knowledge in a variety of unique and exciting ways. Junior Achievement shares in our passion for financial literacy. And together, we’re helping to make a difference one person at a time.” -EverBank

Junior Achievement program helps boys make positive choices

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JA Boy$ Dupont July 18

JA Boy$ participants play “Be a Success” board game at DuPont Middle School summer camp. Photo: Bob.Mack@jacksonville.com

JA Boy$ volunteers teach decision making and personal finance, but they are so much more – JA Boy$ volunteers act as classroom mentors to the groups of boys they teach.

Recently, a JA Boy$ session was held at DuPont Middle School’s Team UP summer camp, hosted by The Bridge of Northeast Florida.

A group of boys played Junior Achievement‘s “Be a Success Board Game” that interactively teaches the ups and downs of making decisions about life.

Read more from The Florida Times Union…

JA Boy$ serves as a bridge between JA’s real-world programs and all-male classroom environment. For more info on this program and how to get involved, click here.

The Junior Achievement Grand Prix benefits JA Boy$ and takes place July 28 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Racers must raise a minimum $250 via peer-to-peer fundraising to secure their karts in the race. JA Grand Prix information and registration.

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Congratulations to partner, Duval County Public Schools

Congratulations to our partner, Duval County Public Schools!

Jacksonville Business Journal Innovators In Education Award

Duval County Public schools received an Innovators In Education award for their partnership with Junior Achievement.

Helping to shape the educational landscape on the First Coast is vital for the business community, and efforts to improve the education sector and helping students pays off across the region.

The District Administrators and DCPS were honored by the Jacksonville Business Journal as an Innovator in Education Award Recipient for the DAILY Initiative (District Administrators Investing in the Lives of Youth) in partnership with Junior Achievement.

Innovators in Education in Northeast Florida recognizes those who have improved the education sector and/or positively impacted the lives of learners, young and old.

More than 3,600 students were taught JA programs this school year because of the DAILY Initiative.

Junior Achievement of North Florida Director of Special Initiatives

Teresa Smith, JA’s Director of Special Initiatives – she works hard to coordinate the JA programs and District Administrators in classrooms across Duval County.

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Junior Achievement participates in THE PLAYERS 17th Hole Charity Challenge

April 15, 2015 | 17th green at THE PLAYERS Championship

April 15 Sam Kouvaris

Huge thank you to Sam Kouvaris, WJXT Sports Director, for representing Junior Achievement!
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Fifteen local charitable organizations were invited by THE PLAYERS to participate. Community individuals including former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli, former PGA TOUR member Bob Duval and current Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles took a shot at the 17th green, with the ball landing closest to the pin in Round 1 winning $10,000 for the organization they represented. Winning organization of Round 2 receives $5,000.

Jacksonville Jaguars mascot, Jaxon de Ville, made a special appearance – and almost shot a hole in one!