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

Day of the Girl participants

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.”

Day of the Girl participants

Day of the Girl participants

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

Day of the Girl women participants

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

Day of the Girl

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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Young ladies gain workforce insights through Reverse Job Shadow event

JA Girl$ LogoOur JA Girl$ program partnered with PACE Center for Girls Clay County for Reverse Job Shadow.

Young ladies spoke with a handful of area professionals, learned about education and training needed for the various careers and gained insights into the working world.

Area professionals shared career advice and answered questions about their jobs during Reverse Job Shadow at PACE Center for Girls Clay County.

Area professionals shared career advice and answered questions about their jobs during Reverse Job Shadow at PACE Center for Girls Clay County.

Sadia Sindhu - Financial Planner, AIG Financial

Sadia Sindhu – Financial Planner, AIG Financial

LaTanya Lipscomb-Smith - PLLC/Esquire, Lipscomb Smith Law

LaTanya Lipscomb-Smith – PLLC/Esquire, Lipscomb Smith Law

J. Dianne Tribble - Life Coach, At The Table Life Coaching; Author

J. Dianne Tribble – Life Coach, At The Table Life Coaching; Author

Special thanks to everyone who participated in bringing Reverse Job Shadow to the young ladies of PACE Center for Girls!

Click here to view the Facebook photo album from this day.

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. Click here to learn more about Reverse Job Shadow and see upcoming dates volunteers are needed for.

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: click here.

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More than $88k raised for JA Girl$ financial literacy & entrepreneurship programs

Smart Women Make Change luncheon

7th annual $mart Women Make Change attendees at the Florida Blue Conference Center.

Our annual $mart Women Make Change! luncheon took place Sept. 21 and we are happy to announce that more than $88k was raised for our JA Girl$ program!!

JA Girl$ Smart Women Make Change event emcees

$mart Women Make Change event emcees Alexis, Payton and Arden.

Keynote speaker Amy DuBois Barnett, ESPN Executive Editor and former Editor-in-Chief of Ebony, inspired the crowd and spoke to the importance of owning your life.

Smart Women Make Change keynote speaker Amy DuBois Barnett

Amy DuBois Barnett: “No one can live my life for me.”

JA Girl$ volunteer J Dianne Tribble

JA Girl$ volunteer featured speaker J Dianne Tribble.

JA Girl$ volunteer J Dianne Tribble, the JA Girl$ liason between PACE Center for Girls and JA, spoke of her experience mentoring young women at PACE who so desperately needed JA’s financial literacy education.

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JA president Steve St. Amand with Susan Towler, JA Girl$ Legacy Award recipient.

We presented our first-ever JA Girl$ Legacy Award to Susan Towler of the Florida Blue Foundation. When our president, Steve St. Amand, initially went to Susan and Blue Cross Blue Shield (now Florida Blue) with an idea and a proposal for funding a girls’ financial literacy program, Susan believed in the JA Girl$ program from the start.

Thanks to our supportive Board of Directors and a strong Jacksonville community, we will continue to bring programs in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship to girls and young women in Jacksonville.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Florida Blue Conference Center to support and celebrate the JA Girl$ program, and to all the volunteers, agencies, and schools who have helped bring the program to more than 16,000 girls and young women since 2006.

Three years from now will mark the 10th Anniversary of $mart Women Make Change! and we could not be more excited for the future of the JA Girl$ program.

VIP Reception attendees with Amy DuBois Barnett.

VIP Reception attendees with Amy DuBois Barnett.

View more event photos: click here.

To learn more about JA Girl$ or become a JA Girl$ volunteer, please click here.

JA Girl$ Brings Opportunities to Young Women

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JA Girl$ began in 2006 and has since become an award-winning program, weaving itself into the North Florida community for the opportunities it affords girls and young women.

The program partners with youth organizations, linking them to trained female volunteers. For example, JA Girl$ recently partnered with PACE Center for Girls, an agency that helps at-risk teens, to bring Junior Achievement lessons to its 12 to 17 year old young women.

Women volunteering with JA Girl$ are trained before entering the classroom like all JA volunteers. Uniquely, JA Girl$ training involves strategies for working with girls including:

• Girls need to feel safe.
• Girls need positive female role models.
• Relationships are central in the lives of girls.
• Girls excel in language, auditory skills, fine motor skills and attention to detail.
• Girls need time to talk.
• Trauma drives behavior.
• Girls tend to have higher standards and evaluate their performance more critically.

“The strategies for working with girls create fertile ground for girls to fully understand what JA teaches, ‘financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship,” said Elizabeth Paulson, JA Girl$ Program Director.

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JA Girl$ is alive in the community, partnering with agencies and programs that support girls. One such program is Generation WOW, presented by Orender Unlimited at the University of North Florida on Nov. 6.

The program consists of speakers and panels designed to empower young women and includes a mentoring component. Nearly three hundred girls from 37 high schools participated alongside 70 professional women serving as mentors.

Gen WOW mentoring is designed to help teen girls reach a new level of positive possibilities in their goals and career choices. The women attending received the same strategies as JA Girl$ volunteers, learning tips for working with girls and maintaining awareness that “Girls are smart, talented, empathetic, perceptive, intuitive, compassionate, and passionate.”

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JA Girl$’ Elizabeth Paulson, far left, served as one of the panelists at Generation WOW, an event to inspire young women.

Paulson says, “Gen WOW ties to the JA Girl$ mission in that strong female role models are presented to girls providing hope for their future career aspirations.”

JA Girl$ was awarded the International MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award for outstanding innovation.

JA Girl$ volunteer opportunities are available! Contact Elizabeth Paulson at 904-398-9944 ext. 225 or elizabeth@jajax.com