“They learned a lot they wouldn’t have been able to learn through me”

JA Our Community program

Ms. Ragase had Junior Achievement programs in her class for three years straight when she taught 6th grade social studies at Twin Lakes Middle School.

Now a 3rd grade teacher at Highlands Elementary, she was excited to have Junior Achievement in her classroom once again for JA in a Day. During the lunch break she recalled how powerful JA was to her 6th grade students, who are now in their early 20’s:

“[The JA lessons] gave the students a global look as opposed to the bubble they’re living in,” she said. “It gave them an outlook on routes they can take for jobs. Some of these students took finance and economic routes in college based on what they learned in Junior Achievement. They learned a lot they wouldn’t have been able to learn through me.”

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JA’s ‘Reverse Job Shadow’ brings the workplace to students

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

On June 2 we held a Reverse Job Shadow event for students at Jeff Davis Middle School. The students visited each table in groups and spoke with people from the business world, medical field, real estate, restaurant franchising, and more.

Reverse Job Shadow

Our Reverse Job Shadow events provide local businesses with a chance to give back to the community and invest in possible future employees, and students become more work-ready by learning about the career opportunities available to them in the Jacksonville area and beyond.

Special thanks to the volunteers who shared part of their day with students and showed them potential career paths. Thank you for helping Junior Achievement #EmpowertheFuture!

Reverse Job Shadow

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JA in a Day: One day of learning that lasts a lifetime

Junior Achievement’s practical education in the key areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness are presented in a hands-on lessons and are delivered by passionate volunteers from the business community.

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.

JA in a Day Bank of America volunteers

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch is one company that consistently participates in JA in a Day, most recently teaching at Loretto Elementary, Beauclerc Elementary, and San Jose Elementary – click on each school to view photos.

JA in a Day Bank of America

“It is amazing what a 9 year old can learn in only one day in the JA program that will remain with him…”

amazing what a 9 yr old can learn

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.

For instance, students in the second grade learn about “Our Community” and have the chance to see how money moves through a community, creating jobs and generating tax proceeds that pay for schools, parks and streets.

JA in a Day Bank of America

In fifth grade, students study “Our Nation,” where they will begin to learn about economic concepts such as opportunity cost and supply and demand.

If your company wants to get involved with JA in a Day during the 2016-17 school year, or if you would like to bring JA in a Day to your school, contact Tiffany Mackey at 904-398-9944 ext.230, email tiffany@JAjax.com, or submit a request on our website.

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Thanks for a great school year!

JA of North Florida Staff

From everyone at JA of North Florida, a HUGE thank you to the volunteers, donors, teachers and students who made the 2015-2016 school year a great one!! We hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you again in the Fall.

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Providing role models for Jacksonville’s young men

JA Boy$

JA Boy$ partners with classrooms, youth organizations, and all-boys group to educate young men on managing money, getting a job and preparing for future success.

On June 2, our JA Boy$ program teamed up with Valor Academy of Jacksonville to bring Junior Achievement’s Reverse Job Shadow to their students.

As a group, they boys had the opportunity for a one-on-one Q&A with Terrance Freeman, city councilman and candidate for State House. Freeman, a former professional baseball player, spoke on the importance of finishing school and the value of an education in setting oneself up for long term career success.

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.

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Florida senator receives Junior Achievement Champion Award

Senator Bill Montford Junior Achievement

Steve St. Amand, President of JA of North Florida, presented Senator Bill Montford with the JA Champion Award.

Senator Montford is being recognized for leading the $500,000 appropriation effort for statewide JA programs.

Joining Steve are Christopher Mills and Jim English of the Junior Achievement Big Bend Board and Jerry McDaniel of Southern Strategy Group.

Read the full article on The Star.

Junior Achievement inspires young people to own their economic success. JA’s programs in the key areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. Learn more about JA programs.

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The Allstate Foundation grants Junior Achievement $15,000 for youth workforce development

JA Work$ students

Junior Achievement of North Florida received a grant fromThe Allstate Foundation The Allstate Foundation for the JA Work$ program which empowers youth to enter the workforce.

Two hundred students from Andrew Jackson and Ribault High Schools participated in the JA Personal Finance and JA Career Success programs as part of JA Work$. They learned about crucial workplace skills employers seek and the tools to find a job including resumes, cover letters, and interviewing techniques. They also set their own personal financial plan and goals!
JA Work$ Ribault High School
Forty students were selected from that group to undergo training for their “job,” teaching a Junior Achievement program to kindergarten and 1st grade classes at Andrew Robinson and Sallye B. Mathis Elementary Schools.

They worked on their presentation and public speaking skills and entered the classrooms on June 2 to put their skills to the test. Not only did the students teach the elementary students about basic economic concepts covered in the Junior Achievement program, but they served as positive role models and represented a high school that the elementary students will one day be enrolled.

The kindergarten and first graders loved having them in their classroom – smiles all around – what a great way to end the school year! Special thanks to The Allstate Foundation for making this program possible.

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Introducing the Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Center

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The JA Financial Literacy Center sponsored by Bank of America and the Economics of Healthy Eating program sponsored by the Jim Moran Foundation was officially launched on Friday, April 8. The JA Financial Literacy Center will provide day-long programs to third grade students. Housed in the Mitchell Community Center, the JA Financial Literacy Center was introduced by Martha Barrett of Bank of America, Councilman Garrett Dennis, and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

Superintendent Vitti has placed the JA Financial Literacy Center into the rotation of enrichment programs for students attending Title I schools. ALL third grade students in Title I schools in Duval County will visit The JA Financial Literacy Center. Approximately 10,000 students annually will spend the day at the JA Financial Literacy Center and receive the JA Our City program, The Economics of Healthy Eating program and a shopping visit to the Jacksonville Farmers Market.


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The JA Financial Literacy Center is the first of its type in the country. The Economics of Healthy Eating was developed by the Brooks College of Health at UNF and is also the first healthy eating program with an economic basis being offered in the country.

JA received Bank of America’s 2014 Neighborhood Builders Award in the amount of $200,000 to fund the New Town initiative and also received $146,000 from The Jim Moran Foundation to create and implement the new Economics of Healthy Eating initiative as well as support the Center’s programming.

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$15,000 raised through Junior Achievement Spring Bowl-A-Thon

SunTrust Bowlers at Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon

SunTrust bowlers

Our Spring Bowl-A-Thon took place March 5 at Bowl America Mandarin.

We’re happy to announce $15,000 was raised for JA’s financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs that prepare North Florida’s youth for success!!

Congrats and thank you Wells Fargo (pictured below) for raising the most money as a company!

Wells Fargo bowlers at Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thon

Wells Fargo bowlers

Top Fundraisers:

1st Place: Treve Kinsey (Transworld Business Advisors)
2nd Place: Bianca Evans (Transworld Business Advisors)

Special thanks to our sponsor CSX and to the following participating companies: Aetna, Boyd & Jenerette, Chase Bank, FIS, SunTrust, The Jacksonville Bank, Transworld Business Advisors, Wells Fargo.

Chase bowlers at Junior Achievement Bowl A Thon

Chase Bank bowlers

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For all things Bowl-A-Thon and future events contact Shaina Tillman, shaina@jajax.com. Click here for more information on Junior Achievement Bowl-A-Thons.

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$5,000 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant will help Junior Achievement prepare high school students for the workforce

State Farm Logo 2016

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.