Junior Achievement of Central 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. Since 1961, Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF) has provided students with the tools to be ready for their future – workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

Programs

JA programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

Approach

JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Last year, we placed more than 2,345 volunteers in schools across Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Seminole counties to transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them they can make a difference in the world.

Student Impact

1st Semester (August 2016 – January 2016)

  • 19,126 Students
  • 193,902 Instructional hours conducted.
    • 30 % Elementary Schools
    • 70 % Secondary Schools
  • Financial Park Virtual (FPV) for Orange & Osceola Counties is 4,659 students

 In a recent national survey, JA alumni agreed with the following:

  • JA helped prepare them for the world of work (92%)
  • JA connected what they learned in the classroom with real life (83%)
  • JA gave them the confidence to start their own business (76% compared to 41% of individuals who did not experience JA)

JA students are significantly more confident about their ability to complete college than students in general (98% versus 60%). Moreover, the majority of students (79%) agree that JA positively influenced their attitudes toward continuing their education.