Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) has impacted more than 1.2 million students since its inception in 1959, when JA partnered with the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale to launch the organization under the umbrella of JA USA. In the first 50 years, JA served 500,000 students, an average of 10,000 a year in classrooms across Broward and south Palm Beach counties.
In 2009, JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion, the largest single JA center, was opened on the north campus of Broward College. Through a partnership agreement that continues today, Broward County Public Schools committed that every 5th and 8th grader would participate in this experiential education both in the classroom and in simulations that mimic real life at JA World. Since the opening of JA World, JA has served another 600,000 5th and 8th grade students and thousands of high school students.