Understanding the Challenges

Whether you are an educator, parent, or employer, we know you want to see our youth become the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. Having JA in their schools is essential to their success.

Lack Of Financial Literacy

Personal finance is not mandatory or even offered in some traditional education systems; therefore, young people need the tools to make sound financial decisions once they enter the workforce.

Student Disengagement

The dropout crisis in America’s educational system has a devastating impact on the future health of the economy. Nearly every year, only 70 percent of students complete high school on time and earn a diploma.

Skills Gap

Graduating students are inadequately prepared to participate in a meaningful way to their community’s success because they lack basic skills such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking.

Junior Achievement of South Florida’s 3 Pillars


Work Readiness

Financial Literacy

Junior Achievement empowers our youth with the knowledge, ability and confidence to navigate their futures, drive our economy, and lead our community.

Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. JA’s experiential learning inspires kids to dream big and reach their potential.

JA helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. Junior Achievement sparks students to develop competitive skills and confidence.


Students Served Yearly


Dedicated Volunteers


Years Experience


Square Feet of Rental Space


…a generation of students equipped with confidence and understanding to take control of their financial futures.
…a generation prepared with skills to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace.
…a generation of students who are motivated by the idea of free enterprise and inspired to become entrepreneurs.

With your donation – their dreams can become realities!

Recognition & Awards

JA USA 4 Star Award

JA USA 4-Star Award

For the second year in a row, Junior Achievement of South Florida received one of Junior Achievement USA®’s (JA USA) highest ratings: the 4 Star Award. The purpose of the Star Award is to recognize staff and boards of JA Areas that meet Junior Achievement’s national standards in operational efficiency.

Peak Performance Team Award

Peak Performance Team Award

This award recognizes superior annual performance by a JA Area team in achieving growth in students reached or contact hours delivered, while sustaining financial and operational soundness. The nonprofit organization was one of 17 JA Areas (out of 107 total) to earn the 2017-18 Peak Performance Team Award.

World's Largest JA

World's Largest JA

Opened in 2009, JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion is the largest of its kind in the world. The facility has 60,000 square feet of space and features two JA BizTowns, JA Finance Park, JA Huizenga Culinary Kitchen and rooms available for rental space for any occasion.


Junior Achievement’s financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs are taught by 7,000 trained volunteer role models from the local community – including business professionals, parents, and college students. We have opportunities for you at JA World and in the classrooms! The experience will prove to be as valuable and memorable for you as it will be for the children whose lives you touch.

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