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Junior Achievement of Florida Foundation Receives Grant From State Farm

Funding for Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Curriculum Materials for At-Risk Children

Published Thursday, June 13, 2019


Junior Achievement (JA) of Florida Foundation announced that it has received a grant in the amount of $60,000 from State Farm Insurance to support the implementation for financial literacy for low-to-moderate income youth. A budget of $60,000 enables over 5,000 Florida students statewide to participate in age-appropriate JA financial literacy programs during 2019. State Farm Insurance has provided support to Junior Achievement in Florida since 2011.
There will be a check presentation on:
Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
Duval County School Board
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207

Locally, Junior Achievement of North Florida has received $5,000 to help provide work-readiness programming for high school students in Duval County Public Schools.  Junior Achievement helps students build a foundation upon which they can make intelligent financial decisions that last a lifetime, including decisions related to income, expenses, savings, and credit.
“JA programs benefit all students,” shares Julie Smith, Community Specialist, State Farm. “However, we target schools with a high percentage of low-to-moderate income students because they are more likely to derive greater benefit from the programs.”
The JA of North Florida area plans to use their $5,000 donation toward their local “JA Work$” program, which provides both a financial literacy and work-readiness JA program to high school students (taught by local professionals).  Following the completion of the program, students are invited to apply and possibly interview for a position to teach an elementary school program to a nearby elementary classroom for a monetary stipend.
“Junior Achievement programs are dedicated to empowering youth K-12 to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart economic and academic choices.  JA Work$ allows students to go beyond the classroom and engage in hands-on learning to bridge the gap from school to the workplace,” shares Steve St. Amand, President of Junior Achievement of North Florida.”  
JA staff will collaborate with local State Farm representatives to recruit State Farm associates and employees to be volunteer teachers of JA programs.  This past year, 163 students from Atlantic Coast, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, William M. Raines and Andrew Jackson High Schools received the financial literacy and work-readiness programming, of which 50 of those were selected to teach at either San Jose, St. Clair Evans, and Biscayne Elementary Schools providing 482 students therein with JA programs.


The presentation will be made on:
Wednesday, June 12, at 2 p.m.
Duval County School Board
1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville
State Farm Agents

  • James Buss
  • Edie Williams
  • Joe McGhee
  • Tiffany Mapp
  • Joy Atkins, Grassroots Specialist

Junior Achievement of North Florida

  • Tiffany Mackey-Guthrie (tentatively)
  • Teresa Smith

Duval County Public Schools’ representatives.


About State Farm®
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About Junior Achievement Florida Foundation
The Junior Achievement Florida Foundation was incorporated as a 501© (3) non-profit charity in 2010. The purpose of the organization is to promote, enhance and implement the purposes, objectives and activities of JA USA and the nine local Junior Achievement franchises across the state of Florida. Our joint mission is to empower young people to own their success by educating and inspiring them to succeed in the global economy. We believe that we can deliver JA economic education programs more efficiently and effectively by jointly appealing to corporations and organizations that share our state-wide footprint. By strengthening our state-wide efforts to deliver JA’s innovative, relevant and responsive programs, we can build the capacity of today’s youth to contribute to the global competitiveness of our state and our nation.


About Junior Achievement of North Florida
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 59,439 students reached during the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit



Teresa Smith, (904) 635-1124,