April 2015 
JA of North Florida

empowering young people to own their economic success   

In this Issue
April is National Financial Literacy Month!note
Financial literacy is one of our three pillars and at the core of the JA mission. In North Florida our goal is to teach and serve the next generation of leaders, giving them skills and financial understanding, entrepreneurship, free enterprise, and work readiness at an early age.

During this month I encourage you to further your understanding of financial literacy and help us educate the next generation. We have several classroom volunteer opportunities for the remaining school year and seven JA Reverse Job Shadows scheduled. To volunteer with our organization, please click here.

Thank you for supporting JA of North Florida and our mission of inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.

Steve St. Amand
Junior Achievement of North Florida
JA Company Program teaches lessons in entrepreneurshipcompany 

JA Company Program lets high school students become entrepreneurs and puts them face-to-face with all the challenges associated with it.

"School Swag", the student-run JA Company at Englewood High School, has been busy all school year operating their business and selling t-shirts as their product.

"This program has put us in the mindset of what it's like in business in the real world," said Reid Ellis, 18. "It's definitely a good program to be a part of because it gives us leadership opportunities."
Wi$e Money Week will expose more students to JA's programswise

Wi$e Money Week is a week of activities and events celebrating the importance of good money management and providing financial education designed to help us all become more wise about money. The week will offer programs, classes and activities for all members of our Jacksonville community, all ages and income levels, during the week of April 26-May 2, 2015.

As a part of this week, Junior Achievement curriculum will be taught in schools throughout the county in our "JA in a Day" format. 

A special thank you to the following companies who are confirmed to teach:
  • EverBank @ Tiger Academy, April 28
  • Wells Fargo @ Oak Hill Elementary, April 28
  • Bank of America @ Greenland Pines Elementary, April 29
  • Chase @ Mandarin Oaks Elementary, April 29
Volunteers are needed to teach at Mayport Elementary Coastal Sciences Academy on April 30. 

Please contact Tiffany Mackey at 398-9944 ext.230 or email tiffany@jajax.com if you would like to volunteer.

For more about Wi$e Money Week, click here. 

High school Seniors face real-world budgeting challenges in JA Finance Park Virtualfpv
JA Finance Park Virtual is wrapping up in 20 Duval County Public Schools. More than 5,000 high school Seniors are now better prepared to own their economic success!

This was the first school year the curriculum was rolled out county-wide. 41 Economics teachers led the curriculum in their classrooms and more than 50 individual volunteers gave their time and expertise going into the classroom and sharing lessons in budgeting and personal finance.

As we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year, we invite you to join us in the classroom. Contact Teresa Smith at 398-9944 ext.227 or email teresa@jajax.com and find out how you can get involved!

Sponsorships are available for storefronts in the virtual Park. Students see sponsoring company logos placed on stores throughout the 
Park and on budgeting worksheets when they enter each "store." Contact Steve St. Amand for details at 398-9944 ext.228. 

Join us at the THE PLAYERS 17th Hole Charity ChallengeTPC
Wednesday, April 15 | 9:00 a.m. | All supporters welcome to attend

Come out and cheer on Junior Achievement! JA is one of 15 local charities participating in THE PLAYERS 17th Hole Charity Challenge.

The person hitting the shot that lands closest to the pin in Round One wins $10,000 for the charity they're representing. Closest to the pin in Round Two wins $5,000 for their charity.

Sam Kouvaris, Sports Director, WJXT Channel 4 will representing JA and taking a shot at winning $10,000 for our organization.

The Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" show will be broadcasting remotely from the 17th hole of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on this day and portions of THE PLAYERS 17th Hole Charity Challenge will be broadcast.

Parking for spectators is in the main tournament parking lot on CR-210. This lot funnels you right into the 17th hole of the golf course.

Full Lineup:
Boselli Foundation - Tony Boselli
Dreams Come True - Blake Bortles
Epilepsy Foundation of Florida - Jeff Klauk
HandsOn Jacksonville - Paige MacKenzie
Junior Achievement - Sam Kouvaris
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Gary Williams
K9s for Warriors - Bob Duval
MaliVaiWashington Youth Foundation - Brent Martineau
McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation - Gus Bradley
St. Vincent's Healthcare Foundation - Len Mattiace
Take Stock in Children - Joey Petronio
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund - Jaxson de Ville
The First Tee - Charles Raulerson
True Blue Navy Benefactors - Jeff Prosser
Wolfson Children's Hospital - Josh Scobee

Current Volunteer Opportunitiesvolunteer
Please contact Tiffany Mackey, VP of Programs, at 398-9944 ext.230 or email tiffany@jajax.com if you are interested in volunteering.

Details for these opportunities can be found on our website.
  • Julington Creek Elementary - 2nd grade
  • Hogan Spring Glen Elementary - 1st grade
  • Liberty Pines Academy - 2nd grade
  • Mayport Elementary Coastal Sciences Academy - April 30 "JA in a Day"
  • JA Personal Finance High School Class - Many schools available; time commitment: One 90-minute class
  • JA Boy$
    • Acclaim Academy
    • DuPont Middle School
    • Young Men's Leadership Academy at Eugene Butler Middle
  • JA Girl$
    • PACE Center for Girls
    • Young Women's Leadership Academy at Eugene Butler Middle
  • JA Reverse Job Shadow
    • Tuesday, April 21 | Fresh Ministries | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, May 6 | Kirby Smith Middle | 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 21 | Twin Lakes Academy Middle | 9:15-11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, May 21 | Eugene Butler Middle (JA Boy$) | Time TBA
    • Friday, May 22 | Southside Middle School | 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    • Friday, May 22 | Valor Academy (JA Boy$) | Time TBA 
    • Tuesday, June 2 | Jefferson Davis Middle | 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor Spotlight sponsors

BBVA Compass

There are two factors beyond our programs and partners that contribute to Junior Achievement's success: funding and volunteers. 

Last year, BBVA Compass was Junior Achievement's #1 volunteer company. What makes this even more amazing is that this was the first year that BBVA Compass made a corporate push to recruit JA volunteers.

Volunteerism and financial literacy are two corporate values that make this a strong partnership. The Bank also provided the funding last year to purchase all of the program materials used by the BBVA Compass volunteers and was a JA Hall of Fame sponsor.

BBVA Compass is ably represented on the JA Board of Directors by Jennifer Plotkin, Senior VP Commercial Banking.
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has supported Junior Achievement since Mrs. duPont made her first contribution to the organization more than fifty years ago. Since that time, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund has provided more than $1 million in grant support to Junior Achievement. 

Most recently, the Fund agreed to support the JA Boy$ program. This funding will allow JA Boy$ to develop an audience and support that will lead to the long-term funding and programmatic success enjoyed by the JA Girl$ program that was started by JA of North Florida nine years ago.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund was a founding funder of JA Girl$ and many other programs that have ensured JA's success.
Upcoming Eventsevents

North Florida Golf Classic

May 27, 2015
TPC Sawgrass | 8:30 a.m.


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