JA Job Shadow gives Jacksonville students a glimpse of the “real world”

JA Job Shadow offers students a unique opportunity: a visit to a professional work environment and insights into how to find and keep a fulfilling career.

Recently our JA Boy$ program partnered with Jacksonville schools serving boys and young men to provide a JA Job Shadow experience for their students.

Students from Valor Academy visited the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Jacksonville Branch and Sally Corporation



Students from Young Men’s Leadership Academy visited Florida State College at Jacksonville Advanced Technology Center


Students from Young Men’s Leadership Academy visited Florida Blue


7th graders from the Young Men’s Leadership Academy visited three departments at Florida Blue – Workforce Management, IT Command Center, and the Special Investigation Unit.  The students enjoyed touring the beautiful campus and even had lunch at the Four Seasons Café on-site.  Special thanks to Market President Darnell Smith, Board Member Bob Wall, Paul Stallings and Deborah Phelps of ENAABLE (Empowering Network of African-Americas Building, Leading, Embracing).


About JA Boy$

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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JA Boy$ group visits Baptist Medical Center for JA Job Shadow


Twenty-one boys from the Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Eugene J. Butler Middle School participated in JA Job Shadow at Baptist Medical Center South on October 28.

The group of young men got a behind-the-scenes look at the medical center through a guided tour that took them inside a patient room, through emergency and patient registration areas, guest resource area and HR department.IMG_8016IMG_8018IMG_8020“The trip to Baptist was super rewarding for our boys; the opportunity to interact with a variety of professions is always beneficial,” said James Smith, Leadership & Transitions, Young Men’s Leadership Academy.

JA Boy$ is a Junior Achievement of North Florida initiative that provides the means for boys and young men to gain the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in the workplace and in life.

JA Job Shadow™ offers students a unique opportunity. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment during which they learn how to research career opportunities and the skills needed to land and keep their dream job. Click here for more information on JA Job Shadow™.