Junior Achievement enriches summer camp at Seamark Ranch

Junior Achievement JA Ourselves

Kids at Seamark Ranch got to experience the fun, hands-on lessons of JA Ourselves® during their time at summer camp.

Seamark Ranch’s 468-acre campus in North Florida includes a farm that gives kids the chance to cultivate and grow their food, and reap the benefits of hard work.

Seamark Ranch used JA Ourselves during their summer camp. “The groups seemed very appreciative of the materials,” said Carleen Haney, Community Relations Coordinator, Seamark Ranch.

Session One’s story, “Robbie’s Trip to the Farm” tied in perfectly with their experience at Seamark Ranch’s farm. The story introduced a character they could all relate to; the kids saw Robbie planting vegetables, feeding the farm animals and eating what is grown.

This is Seamark Ranch’s first year using Junior Achievement as enrichment to their summer camp. Through JA Ourselves, kids learned about the economic role of individuals and the program’s hands-on activities taught them about helping, working, earning and saving money.

Junior Achievement JA Ourselves

Junior Achievement JA Ourselves

Junior Achievement JA Ourselves

To learn more about Junior Achievement’s programs in the Northeast Florida region and to become involved, please visit www.JAjax.com.

7th grade student discovers career interests with JA It’s My Future®

It’s never too early to start thinking about potential careers!

Meet Andrea, an incoming seventh grader. She discovered new career interests during Session Two of JA It’s My Future® held at YMCA’s summer camp.

Junior Achievement It's My Future

She and her classmates took a “career cluster inventory.” Different career fields and their subcategories were displayed on posters throughout the room. For this activity, the students went poster to poster writing down which jobs appealed to them in the different categories.

On the “Health Science” poster, the “Therapeutic Services” career cluster caught Andrea’s attention. She never considered that career field before and helping people in that capacity sounded exciting to her.

Andrea is now looking into becoming either a physical therapist or registered nurse. With her sense of determination, we’re confident Andrea will be successful no matter her career choice!

Choosing jobs out of career clusters that suit their interests.

In JA It’s My Future, students explore career clusters and determine which professions suit their interests.

See more of our summer camp program impact: View photos on our Facebook page.

To learn more about programs offered by Junior Achievement of North Florida, please click here.

Junior Achievement summer participants design businesses to “fill a need”


Wayman’s summer camp used JA It’s My Business! as enrichment to their program.

What were you doing when you were thirteen years old? For students at Wayman Community Development Corporation’s summer camp, they were designing their own business and stepping into the mindset of entrepreneurs.

The summer camp participated in JA It’s My Business! During one lesson students identified the first entrepreneurial characteristic: Fill a need.

Each group designed their business blueprint according to their target market’s need, then presented their plans to classmates and answered questions relating to their businesses.


Step one: Fill a need.


JA It’s My Business! teaches the four traits of a successful entrepreneur.


This group of young ladies designed the “Dazzling Diva’s Dance Studio.”


Students answered questions from their peers relating to their blueprints.

To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida’s summer programs, please click here.

Gearing up for summer camp

Today is the Jacksonville Children’s Commission Summer Camp Vendor Fair, where our program staff are busy recruiting. If you are a summer camp provider and would like to host Junior Achievement programs, please contact us at 904-398-9944 and we would love to discuss partnering with you!


Teresa Smith, Director of Special Initiatives, and Tiffany Mackey, VP of Programs, are having fun at the JCC Summer Camp Vendor Fair.


VP of Programs Tiffany Mackey discussing Junior Achievement’s K-12 programs for summer camp.