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This 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Helping To Make Travel Germ-Free

Forbes, October 5, 2020
By Lois Alter Mark 

When 17-year-old Henry Hurowitz fell asleep on an airplane tray table and woke up with a severe rash on his face, he was determined to find out what happened and started doing research.

It turns out that the germs on those tray tables last way longer than the snacks and beverages they hold, and Hurowitz decided to do something about it.

And that was before the pandemic hit.

He and his Junior Achievement of South Florida club members created Germ Genie™, a travel kit filled with TSA-compliant essentials for staying germ-free, including tray table placemats which have become their signature item – and which have become even more important since COVID-19.

Here’s what Hurowitz has to say about making germ-free travel simple and accessible to everyone.

Germ Genie™ is such a great idea. How did it come about?

After falling asleep on an airplane tray table in July 2019, I woke up with a terrible rash on my face. I looked into it and was shocked to discover that they are actually eight times dirtier than a toilet flush button. Studies show that tray tables have contained cold viruses, human parainfluenza viruses, norovirus, the superbug MRSA and, most recently, COVID-19. But there were very limited solutions, which led to the idea of the Airplane Tray Table Placemat.
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JA Books, Bucks and Backpacks In The News

JA Books, Bucks and Backpacks In The News

Junior Achievement of South Florida’s Books, Bucks and Backpacks’s initiative is determined to bring financial, reading and health literacy to every child. We’ve partnered with local community members and organizations to help put together backpacks filled with activities, educational materials, other giveaways and food to families in Broward County. To learn more about this initiative and to see a list of our sponsors visit here.

Books, Bucks and Backpacks has seen much success, we’ve even made it in other news outlets. Check them out below!

CityBizList

“Junior Achievement of South Florida (JASF) will be distributing backpacks filled with age appropriate financial education materials, books, healthcare information, snacks and other relevant items to bring youth financial literacy education into the homes of children and families who need it most…”

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NorthLauderdaleNews.net

“Junior Achievement of South Florida (JASF) will be distributing backpacks filled with age appropriate financial education materials, books, healthcare information, snacks, and other relevant back-to-school items for children ages 3-11…”

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Miami Herald

“Junior Achievement of South Florida plans to host its Financial Literacy Program to help children and families across Broward. The group will distribute backpacks filled with age appropriate financial education materials, books, healthcare information, snacks and other relevant items ‘to bring youth financial literacy education into the homes of children and families who need it most’…”

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Lifestyle Media

“Junior Achievement of South Florida in Coconut Creek hosted its Books, Bucks and Backpacks initiative in July and August, distributing nearly 2,000 backpacks filled with age-appropriate financial education materials, books, healthcare information, snacks and other relevant items for children ages 3-11…”

Visit Lifestyle to read more.

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Comcast Newsmakers July 21, 2020

Financial Lessons In The Time Of COVID-19

With Laurie Sallarulo of Junior Achievement of South Florida

Hosted by Nathalia Ortiz
Produced by: Florida Newsmakers Team

As the world faces the challenges of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, one local nonprofit is remaining focused in its mission of empowering students to take control of their financial futures. Laurie Sallarulo, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of South Florida, talks about how they delivering their program during these challenging times.

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Office Depot Donates to Youth-Focused Non-Profit Organizations

Office Depot Donates to Youth-Focused Non-Profit Organizations

Article appeared on FloridaTrend.com.

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP), a leading provider of business services, products and technology solutions through an integrated B2B distribution platform, today announced that it is providing $200,000 to select Boys & Girls Clubs across the country as well as other youth-focused non-profit organizations. These donations will help fund programs designed to keep underserved children and teens learning and engaged throughout the summer in an effort to beat summer learning loss, also known as the “summer slide.”

“Office Depot is proud to support non-profit organizations in communities across the country to help provide underserved students with access to educational tools and programs all summer long,” said Gerry Smith, chief executive officer for Office Depot, Inc. “Despite the new set of challenges brought on by these uncertain times, we remain committed to investing in our youth and providing resources that will help them to feel empowered, confident and ready to tackle the new school year.”

In South Florida, where Office Depot’s headquarters is located, the company will donate additional funds to each of the following non-profit organizations for programming geared towards financial literacy, college preparation and more, including Junior Achievement of South Florida.

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Sun Sentinel June 2020: Comerica Gift of Knowledge Scholarship

Bank Awards Dillard High Senior Gift of Knowledge Scholarship

By Mary Lou Cruz, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Comerica Bank Florida recently presented Junior Achievement of South Florida Fellow Shatasia Daniels with its $1,000 Gift of Knowledge scholarship during a virtual presentation. The award supports a deserving graduating senior who plans to pursue a business degree in college or as a budding entrepreneur during the COVID-19 pandemic. Daniels is a member of the Dillard High School class of 2020 who will attend Florida State University in the fall. She is the first recipient of this scholarship in the state.

The JA Fellows company program is an in-depth and highly intensive leadership and entrepreneurship opportunity for high school students. Participants gain real-world business experience where they learn how to conceptualize, capitalize and manage their own small business.

According to Junior Achievement, graduating students are often 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. Also, financial literacy 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.

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Lifestyle Magazine June 2020: Business as Usual

By: Keren Moros

Coconut Creek Lifestyle reached out to business leaders in Coconut Creek during the shutdown (and prior to Phase 1 reopening for Broward County) and asked four questions: How did COVID-19 and its ramifications affect your business; how did you position your business in the interim; how will experiencing this unprecedented pandemic change the way you conduct business moving forward; and how did you give back to the community during this time. Here are their answers.

Our very own President and CEO, Laurie Sallarulo, was one of the leaders featured. Check it out:

 

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Boca Magazine February 2020: Light Up The Night

Light Up The Night to Honor Junior Achievement Innovators at the Addison

February 28, 2020

This year’s Light Up The Night will honor our own Margaret Mary Shuff, as well as Marta Batmasian of Investments Limited, as this year’s Junior Achievement Innovators.

Light Up The Night 2020 will be an evening under the banyan trees with tasty bites, great networking, and live entertainment, as honorees are celebrated for their business success and mentorship, and their unquenchable spirit and passion for giving back to the community.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact Robyn Harper at (954) 979-7124, email Robyn@JASouthFlorida.org or visit JASouthFlorida.org/LUTN.

Light Up The Night 2020, powered by Title Sponsor The Warren Family Foundation and Presented by First Horizon Bank will be held at The Addison, 2 E Camino Real, on March 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Go Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale: JA World Uncorked

SIP, SAMPLE AND SUPPORT

JA World Uncorked Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Culinary Signature Event

By Rose Faraone
December Go Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale

JA World Uncorked – one of South Florida’s favorite culinary events – started just over 10 years ago. Back in 2009, a group of 10 women joined together to create a fundraiser for Junior Achievement of South Florida’s educational programs. That group of 10 women is now the Circle of Wise Women and has grown to more than 100 strong.

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South Florida Business & Wealth July 2019: Students Offer Consulting Services

South Florida Business and Wealth July 2019: JA’s Entrepreneurial Students Offer Consulting Services

By Sally Ann O’Dowd
July 2019 Issue

From learning the ropes of supply chain management to studying the latest in big data, Geomani Brooks was not a typical high school graduate. His evening routine of researching companies likewise showed exceptional rigor for his age.

But such are the interests and habits Brooks developed during his two years in Junior Achievement of South Florida, as a junior and senior at South Broward High School. From there, he earned a 2018 summer internship at City Furniture, whose president, Andrew Koenig, is a JA board member.

“I was shadowing the global logistics team for two months,” recalls Brooks, who will enter his sophomore year at Broward College in the fall. “Each day , I would shadow a different person, and learn how they do things as individuals and as a team. It was amazing, how much went into sourcing fabrics; they were very aware of where they got products from and child labor laws. That was one of the first questions I asked them.”

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The Observer: JA World Uncorked

By Rachel Galvin
January 24, 2019

Within the JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion in Coconut Creek, something was stirring Saturday night, Jan. 19. It was JA World Uncorked, presented by Breakthru Beverage, and the place was abuzz with people sampling tasty tidbits and spirits to their hearts content.

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