Reverse Job Shadows: Spring 2017


Traditional job shadows bring students to the workplace. JA’s Reverse Job Shadow brings the workplace to students!

We’ve partnered with numerous schools to bring our Reverse Job Shadow event to their students.

Reverse Job Shadows are made possible by the volunteers: local companies, small businesses, and entrepreneurs sign up to share their work advice, experience and answer student questions.

As a result, students become more work-ready by learning about the career opportunities available to them in the local area, and how the educational concepts they are learning each day can be practically applied to the world of work.

Sandalwood High School

Special thanks to everyone who attended the career fair with Sandalwood High School PTSA:

  • Celeste Hearon – KELLY Educational Staffing Jacksonville
  • Oliver Schnusenberg – University of North Florida Coggin College of Business
  • Virginia Abell – Balanced Living LLC
  • Susan Lazcano – BB&T
  • Noel Blaha and Clayton Edwards – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
  • Tammy Holland and Nancy Loveland – Black Knight Financial Services
  • Jessica Littlejohn – U.S. Army
  • William Saunders – NEFBA Apprenticeship
  • Tum Lyons – Florida Air National Guard
  • Tim Martin – Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Kree Clark and Jessica Parker – Jacksonville University
  • Tszyan Chu, Kathiravan, Darshika Desai – Florida Blue
  • Tammy McKay, Michelle Curtright, Nina Manning, Jason Daily – Operation Lifesaver Inc.
  • Albert Collins – Crowley Maritime Corporation
  • Beth Friederich – Jacksonville Public Library
  • Ron Tittle – Florida Department of Transportation
  • Drew Guarino – Deutsche Bank
  • Kelly Barrera – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

View more photos from Sandalwood High School here.


Sebastian Middle School

Special thanks to everyone who attended Reverse Job Shadow at Sebastian Middle School:

  • KPMG U.S.
  • St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office
  • Pycraft Law LLC
  • Florida Highway Patrol
  • FCTC First Coast Technical College
  • Coastal Court Reporters
  • Signs Now of St. Augustine, Inc.
  • Push Push Salon
  • St. Johns County Public Library
  • Railroad Collision Safety
  • Harbor Community Bank
  • AccuVein

View more photos from Sebastian Middle School here.


Mandarin Middle School

Special thanks to everyone who attended Reverse Job Shadow at Mandarin Middle School:

  • Mark Goldwich – Gold Star Adjusters
  • Alison Pulley and Beth Friederich – Jacksonville Public Library
  • Rita Story, Raymond Wolford, Stephen Gallagher, George Robbins, Kenneth Allen, Jeff Edwards – Rotary Club of Mandarin
  • Charles Myers, Jim Hightower – Operation Lifesaver Inc.
  • Vivian Borque, Alkidamia DeSouza, Astina Sampodian – Vistakon Johnson & Johnson Stephen Frick – Synovus
  • Michael Elder – Florida Highway Patrol
  • Alan Painter – Edward Jones
  • Chase Foster – Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

View more photos from Mandarin Middle School here.


Upcoming Reverse Job Shadows

  • KIPP Jacksonville Elementary School – Wednesday, April 19
  • Global Outreach Charter Academy – Wednesday, May 17
  • Matthew Gilbert Middle School – Monday, May 22


Whether you want to bring this unique experience to students at your school, or you’re a business owner or represent a company who would like to volunteer, contact us today! Call Tiffany Mackey at 904-398-9944 ext.230 or email

Learn more about Reverse Job Shadow on our website.

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JA Hall of Fame honors Jackonville philanthropist Lawrence DuBow


Each year the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame honors businesses and individuals who have contributed to the betterment of our community and who play a tremendous role in the impact JA is able to make.

On Monday, March 13 at the University of North Florida University Center, JA will induct Bill Koch of Northwestern Mutual and Wells Fargo Bank into the JA Hall of Fame.

The Thompson S. Baker Award will be presented to Lawrence “Laurie” DuBow, a Jacksonville philanthropist.

The Thompson S. Baker Award celebrates individuals who have shown outstanding leadership through civic and philanthropic deeds that have positively influenced business and education in the Jacksonville community.

Lawrence DuBow, through the DuBow Family Foundation, continues to support and encourage charity and philanthropy in our community. JA is proud to honor Mr. DuBow with the 19th Annual Baker Award.

The keynote speaker at the 2017 Hall of Fame will be Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.

JA Hall of Fame Sponsors

Senior Partner Level

Publix Super Markets Charities

Event Sponsor

Beaver Street Fisheries

Luncheon Sponsor

THE PLAYERS Championship

JA Hall of Fame Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Chairman’s Circle

David Stein / Howard Korman
Deutsche Bank
Florida Blue
PNC Bank
The DuBow Family Foundation
SunTrust Foundation
US Assure

Executive Level

Bank of America / Merrill Lynch
Baptist Health
CenterState Bank
The Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
Ernst & Young
Pivot CPAs
TD Bank
Jim Winston
W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor
UF Health

Media Sponsor

Jacksonville Business Journal

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

In the 2015-2016 school year, JA of North Florida:

  • Reached 56,489 students in North Florida (verified and audited)
  • Programs were in 124 local schools
  • Programs were welcomed into their classroom by 980 teachers

The Junior Achievement of North Florida Hall of Fame is composed of individuals and organizations most responsible for JA’s success in North Florida.

Members of the JA Hall of Fame have contributed their time, talent and treasure in ways and amounts that have substantially changed Junior Achievement. Without these inductees, Junior Achievement would not be the organization it is today.

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JA of North Florida’s February Newsletter


In this Issue:

  • JA Hall of Fame luncheon will honor Lawrence DuBow on March 13
  • Partnership with United Way to offer financial literacy workshops
  • Your ticket purchase to THE PLAYERS Championship could support JA
  • Second Annual ‘Day of the Girl’ announced for Summer 2017
  • IBERIABANK volunteer shares her experience at Hogan Spring-Glen Elementary
  • How to get involved: View current volunteer opportunities

Read the FULL edition here.

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Junior Achievement of North Florida participating in 2017 Chip in for Youth Program

Chip in for YouthIt’s that time of year again: THE PLAYERS Championship is coming to town!

If you’re thinking of going to the tournament, please consider purchasing your tickets online at using the code JAJAX.

$25 of each stadium pass purchased for THE PLAYERS Championship (May 9-14, 2017) will be donated back to JA of North Florida when you purchase tickets using the code JAJAX.

Purchase tickets here. View more information here.

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JA of North Florida’s December Newsletter is Out!

JA of North Florida’s latest newsletter, the December Edition, landed in inboxes today.

Inside you’ll find:

  • A Bank of America grant that will benefit middle school students in Duval County
  • The JA Hall of Fame in March 2017
  • What’s happening at the JA Financial Literacy Center in New Town
  • The difference that employees from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and PwC are making in the lives of youth through “JA in a Day”
  • The 2017 JA North Florida Golf Classic
  • Volunteer opportunities in North Florida
  • How you can help Junior Achievement inspire young people!

See the entire newsletter here!


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Mark your calendars: #GivingTuesday is November 29, 2016


Junior Achievement of North Florida has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Occurring this year on November 29, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.  In 2015, the fourth year of the movement, #GivingTuesday brought together over 45,000 partners in 71 countries and helped raise nearly $117 Million online in the US alone.

“Junior Achievement helps young people create successful futures by giving them the skills and knowledge to be successful in the world of work,” said Steve St. Amand, president of JA of North Florida. “We ask the North Florida community to support JA’s mission by going to and making a donation on November 29, Giving Tuesday. Our goal is to give more students access to JA programs, and we’re asking for the community’s support.”




Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students of kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Last year, JA of North Florida reached 56,489 students in the 2015-2016 school year.

To learn more about how your donation will impact North Florida’s students, and to make a donation, visit

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JA in a Day with Meninak Club of Jacksonville


The Meninak Club of Jacksonville taught the Junior Achievement program “JA Our City” to students at Englewood Elementary as part of JA in a Day.

Meninak Club teaching junior achievement

More photos are posted on our Facebook page – click here to view!

During the course of JA in a Day, students 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.

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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.”

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Racers put the pedal to the metal at second annual Junior Achievement Grand Prix

Junior Achievement Grand Prix

Food, fun, high-speed competition on the track, and the cause behind it all – JA Boy$– made for a great night at the 2nd annual Junior Achievement Grand Prix.

A great turnout for the event as 23 racers put the pedal to the metal on the track held July 28 at Autobahn Indoor Speedway.

Cars and Flag

JA staff

For several months leading up to the event, racers were busy peer-to-peer fundraising, raising at least the minimum $250 to secure their spot in the race. Although eyes were on the Grand Prix for Top Fundraiser – tickets to the 2017 Daytona 500 – the real focus was on the impact their funds would have on Junior Achievement’s JA Boy$ program.

Out of the 23 racers, nine made it to the final round where the competition really heated up. Mitchell Swanson defended his title, coming in first place as he did last year.

citigrand prixtop racers

Top 3 Racers

  • 3rd Place – Bill Koch, Northwestern Mutual
  • 2nd Place – Ron Pellum, Ennis, Pellum & Associates, CPAs
  • 1st place – our returning champion: Mitchell Swanson

Top Fundraiser – Harrell Washington (won 2017 Dayton 500 Tickets)

2nd Place Fundraiser – Brenda Mackey (won tickets for 4 to Busch Gardens Tampa)

In total the Junior Achievement Grand Prix raised $11,987 for JA Boy$!

Special thanks to our Board members that were a huge part of our success:

  • Bob Wall, Florida Blue
  • Charlie Kauffman, Wells Fargo
  • Bill Koch, Northwestern Mutual
  • Vickie Behan, Citi
  • Chassidy Wendell, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Treve Kinsey, Transworld Business Advisors
  • Scott Brubaker, Publix
  • Marie Perry, Coca Cola
  • Scott Finnegan, Baptist Health

Thanks to our sponsors: Coca Cola, Publix and Zaxby’s and thank you to Autobahn Indoor Speedway for hosting the event.

Thank you all for your continued support of JA Boy$. We’re looking forward to holding the 3rd annual Grand Prix next summer!

View photos on Junior Achievement of North Florida’s Facebook page.

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.

Junior Achievement of North Florida receives national award

The Hartford Stag Award

Wow! We are honored to accept one of four nationally awarded Stag Awards from The Hartford.

This award comes because of monumental growth in the JA Company Program last school year. Junior Achievement of North Florida went from two student-run Companies in 2014-15 to THIRTEEN Companies in 2015-16!!

We’re looking forward to expanding the JA Company Program even more this 2016-17 school year, offering more teens the opportunity to learn real-life business skills.

The JA Company Program is a blended learning approach that offers groups of students the opportunity to understand the steps involved in launching their own businesses while learning the basics of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and business success.

Now accepting JA Company Program volunteers for the 2016-17 school year. Are you a business owner or entrepreneurial-minded person, who wants to share your passion with high school students? Sign up on our website to get involved!

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