Junior Achievement of South Florida is training the next generation of business leaders, employees and consumers by educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.

Our mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy.


Provides real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit;

offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers;

teaches students how to start businesses;

introduces entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces.

With the help of over 7,000 trained corporate and community volunteers and mentors, JA delivers over 20 unique programs to 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach Counties and at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion on the Broward College North Campus, a first-class facility housing two JA BizTowns and JA Finance Park.


Junior Achievement in South Florida has served almost 1,000,000 students since its inception in 1959.

Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and served just 373 high school students during its first year. Programs now span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In 2009, our impact greatly expanded with the opening of JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion.


Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic & economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, & provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge & skills in financial literacy, work readiness & entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.


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JA is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success,plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.Our programs are backed by extensive research and nearly 100 years of experience worldwide.


The Junior Achievement of South Florida Board of Directors is composed of local community leaders with a strong and balanced blend of skills and experience, providing guidance and support to JA staff as we strive to uphold our mission. The Board exercises overall responsibility for the direction of JA, while also providing advice and counsel on a broad range of operation protocols. Members of the Board serve on at least one of the eight committees: Audit, Development, Executive, Finance, Governance, Innovative Initiatives, Marketing and Programs – or on individual event committees. The diversity of the Board is chosen to reflect a multitude of expertise offerings. All members have a strong and demonstrated commitment to our three pillars: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

Alfredo Aguirre Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Carlos Alvarez BBVA Compass Bank

Lisa Anderson BankUnited, N.A.

Bob Arroyo

Jennifer Austin Chick-Fil-A

Bob Birdsong OK Generators

Maureen Canada Lighthouse Point Marina, Nauti Dog Marina Cafe

Christopher Cavanagh Petri Pest Control Solutions, Inc.


Our dynamic team of professionals work together to manage the programs, operations, volunteers, events, and other day-to-day activities at Junior Achievement of South Florida. They share a common enthusiasm for the mission of educating and inspiring students to prepare for the real world.

Claire Aguilera Senior Career Readiness Program Manager

Myrta Arroyo Administrative Support Leader

Greg Cook Manager of Organizational Improvement and Productivity

Lisa Cuomo Capstone Program Director

Alexa Diaz Director of Community Outreach

Briana Donaldson Workforce Program Manager

Debbie Elliott Senior Director of Workforce Development

Debbie Fairholm Vice President of Education


There are currently no positions available. Please join our mailing list to be updated about positions in the future.









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