Junior Achievement of North Florida has Moved Up in the National Ranks

The local nonprofit is ranked 21 out of 108 JA areas in student reach.

Jacksonville, FL, September 11, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Junior Achievement of North Florida has moved up in the national rankings for Junior Achievement USA. The national statistics recently released now place JA of North Florida at number 21 out of 108 in student reach for the 2018-2019 school year, up two spaces from the previous year. It also puts JA of North Florida at number 16 for market share nationally, up three spaces from the prior school year.

“We hit many milestones this past school year, which was the most productive in our 57-year history,” said Steve St. Amand, president of JA of North Florida. “We reached 62,355 students last school year, up 2,916 from the previous year and the most we have ever reached in a single year. Also up from previous years was the number of New Town Financial Literacy Center students reached, the number of classes taught, the number of volunteers who helped us achieve this goal and the donors who helped make it possible. We appreciate all who helped and hope to reach more milestones this school year.”

JA of North Florida ranks 16 nationally in market share with 17.2 percent of the local market share which ranks number one for all of Florida. This means the organization was successful in reaching the largest number of students among all potential students. The number of students reached at the JA Financial Literacy Center in New Town also reached record highs with 6,125 students reached in a single year. The JA Financial Literacy Center is where third-grade students from throughout Duval county participate in the JA’s Our Community program and the JA Eating Healthy on a Budget program which includes a shopping trip to the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market.

“This was the first year our staff was responsible for all of the logistical aspects of the programs at the Financial Literacy Center including the scheduling of teachers, students and buses,” said Teresa Smith, vice president of programs for JA of North Florida. “We had previously had an arrangement with Duval County Public Schools to help schedule the programs for students. I am proud of the hard work of our staff who are directly responsible for this milestone.”

JA of North Florida is currently looking for volunteers to help them achieve their goals for the 2019-2020 school year. There are numerous opportunities throughout the year to assist in teaching financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workplace readiness to students, grades K through 12. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at janfl.org or call (904) 398-9944.

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 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. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.janfl.org.
Junior Achievement of North Florida
Kelly White