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 teams up with EverBank for financial literacy lesson at Father & Kids Event

Junior Achievement of North Florida
On Saturday, June 27 we had the opportunity to partner with EverBank for a financial literacy station at the All Pro Dad Father & Kids Experience at EverBank Field.
EverBank Field
Each station offered fathers and their kids different football drills, fatherhood advice and plenty of fun and games. Each station was named for a different football position, and kids got a glimpse of what it takes to be a football player.
At the EverBank Quarterback station, they warmed up with an exercise quarterbacks do – the duck walk! Fathers went first, then their kids showed them how it’s done.
A football-themed story using JA money bucks reinforced the concepts of saving, spending and sharing money and the role of each in sound money management.

A dad and his son came up to our staff between station rotations, telling us how his son already knows the value of saving. For each “A” he gets in school, he gets $5. For every “B” he gets $4 and for every “C” he gets $3. The dad, admitting that he personally should do better managing money, couldn’t wait to tell us how proud he was of his son. His son saved the money he earned for good grades and bought an iPad!

All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of Family First, strengthens fathers’ relationships with their children and provides useful, everyday parenting tips.

Click here to view more photos from the day.

To learn more about Junior Achievement’s programs that teach money smarts to young people, visit

EverBank Executive Blake Wilson Honored at JA Hall of Fame luncheon


Outgoing Chairman, Gil Pomar, left, with Thompson S. Baker Recipient Blake Wilson at Junior Achievement's Hall of Fame luncheon on June 24.

Outgoing Chairman, Gil Pomar, left, with Thompson S. Baker Recipient Blake Wilson at Junior Achievement’s Hall of Fame luncheon on June 24. Photo: Living Image Photography


Blake Wilson, President and Chief Operating Office of EverBank, said, “Junior Achievement absolutely changed the trajectory of my life,” in remarks made at Tuesday’s Junior Achievement Hall of Fame event. At the event, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nicolai Vitti, spoke of the relevance of Junior Achievement in the public school system.

Junior Achievement of North Florida’s 16th annual Hall of Fame luncheon was held Tuesday in the East Touchdown Club at EverBank Field. The event showcased the impact the nonprofit is making in the lives of youth and honored those who make Junior Achievement’s efforts possible.

The Thompson S. Baker award is named after the founder of Florida Rock Industries and recognizes individuals who have dedicated themselves to bettering the community through leadership, hands-on involvement and philanthropic deeds. Mr. Wilson spoke of his connection to Junior Achievement during his high school years. The once Olympic-hopeful freestyle skier found his purpose in business when he participated in a JA class. “I’m living proof that JA can make a difference in a young person’s life.”

Dr. Vitti spoke to the relevance of Junior Achievement in the public school system stating that currently, “Everything is reduced to a test. What JA has done…is application based, it’s real, it’s relevant…” He spoke of the future of the public school system in which business people are valuable partners and of his ambition to make Duval County Public Schools a national model for public education.

The luncheon honored and recognized the companies and individuals who enabled Junior Achievement to reach over 40,000 students during the 2013-14 school year. Florida Blue, Citi and Bank of America/Merrill Lynch were awarded first, second and third place, respectively, for volunteer companies of the year. Laurie Allen and Bruce Barcelo were inducted into the JA Hall of Fame for their efforts in substantially contributing to Junior Achievement’s success.

Emceed by JA students, the event highlighted Junior Achievement’s most recent projects including Finance Park Virtual, an online budgeting and personal finance simulation that has been embedded in the Duval County Public Schools high school curriculum.

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