Since 1959, Junior Achievement of South Florida has delivered programs that develop workforce skills, teach personal finance concepts, and establish the basic skills of entrepreneurship. This essential education is our core mission. Junior Achievement of South Florida is a leader in providing proven solutions to the financial education crisis and workforce skills gap issues in our community.
In 2009, with the opening of the JA World Huizenga Center at Broward College, the largest of 36 JA facilities around the world, Junior Achievement of South Florida further expanded its service to impact almost 50,000 students per year, with the help of over 6,800 JA-trained volunteers.
“The education and hands-on, practical experience our students receive through JA helps us create a pipeline of successful students prepared to contribute to our local economy in the future,” -Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie
Junior Achievement's twenty-plus volunteer-based K-12 programs address:
· Career Awareness: Several of JA’s programs, like JA BizTown and JA Finance Park, allow students “live in the adult world” for a day. They are able to explore careers and gain valuable insight and motivation to begin their own path to meaningful work.
· Drop Out Prevention: Although there is no single reason that students drop out of school, disengagement is a top one. Junior Achievement (JA) programs reengage students and makes school meaningful and even fun. School success is tied to real-life success. While the estimated U.S. national graduation rate is 73%, the rate for JA students involved in a longitudinal study with two JA experiences is 93%, and those with more than three JA experiences is 100%.
· Entrepreneurial Education: Sparking the flame of business ownership can change a family's destiny and an entire community. JA lights the match for hundreds of students from families in need.
· Financial Literacy: The families with the greatest need are most often those who do not understand budgeting or how to manage their money. JA programs can stop the cycle of financial illiteracy.
· Leadership Skills: Junior Achievement programs help students, particularly high school students, practice and utilize leadership skills, make critical decisions, learn from actual good and “not so good” decisions, and make meaningful philanthropic investments.
· Soft Skills: Several JA programs provide practice with resume creation; the job application, interview and follow-up process; and presentations. Through these experiences, students build strong workforce and soft skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity, public speaking and goal setting.