JA Work$ Gives High School Kids Workforce Experience


// by Serenity Hansberry

Junior Achievement of North Florida received a $5,000 grant from the State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship to go towards their JA Work$ program. This initiative provides high school students from low-income families with the opportunity to have a better understanding of the workforce.

"The State Farm-sponsored JA Work$ initiative provides a direct impact on students graduating from high school," said JA of North Florida president Steve St. Amand. "Junior Achievement's workforce preparation programs that highlight resume writing, interviewing skills and workplace skills are coupled with actual work experience to give students a 'how to' guide for use once they graduate."

Three hundred students from Ed White, Lee High School, and Ribault High School will learn resume writing, interview techniques, and the responsibilities of the workplace. Fifty of these students will go on to mentor elementary school children. They will receive a stipend from their teaching and feedback.

Junior Achievement plans to double their the number of student participants so as to enhance the amount of financial and workplace success post-graduation. The organization is the world's largest 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 52,881 students reached during the 2014-2015 school year.