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

Bob Arroyo Pollo Tropical

Bob Birdsong OK Generators

Maureen Canada Lighthouse Point Marina, Nauti Dog Marina Cafe

Rick Farah SalesForce

Michael Fischler Fischler & Friedman, P.A

Kathy Foster Bluegreen


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.

Myrta Arroyo Administrative Specialist

Lauren Bennett JA Finance Park Program Manager

Stephanie Canino JA Career Bound Program Manager

Greg Cook First Impression & Volunteer Ambassador

Lisa Cuomo Capstone Program Director

Alexa Diaz Director of Community Outreach

Debbie Elliott Senior Director, Workforce Development & Entrepreneurship

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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Junior Achievement of South Florida Partners with LB Class XXXVII

Junior Achievement of South Florida is honored to be selected as one of Leadership Broward Class XXXVII's Community Projects. A team of local dedicated leaders will work with JA to create an alumni network. We are looking forward to connecting with  people in our community who participated in JA programs as youth, so they may share their story

Meet Our JA World Uncorked Culinary Chairs

Chef de Cuisine Paula DaSilva, Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale South Florida culinary darling Paula DaSilva now helms the kitchen of Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale as Chef de Cuisine. Known for her remarkable talent, imaginative farm fresh dishes rich with the flavors and freshness of South Florida’s abundant flora and

Junior Achievement of South Florida Receives Grant from State Farm

Funding Supports Junior Achievement Work Readiness & Financial Literacy programs for At-Risk Children City of Coconut Creek, Florida – Junior Achievement of South Florida announced today that it has received a $5,000 grant to fund its work readiness and financial literacy programming. The grant, from State Farm Insurance, is part of a larger statewide initiative

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