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. Junior Achievement programs reached 44,000 Broward and South Palm Beach County students during the 2009-2010 school year.
Local Programs – JA of South Florida
Elementary School Program
Engaging themes help K-6 students learn economic concepts through the Elementary School Program. Each theme builds on the previous and stresses the relationship between school and future success.
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Middle School Program
The Middle Grades Program emphasizes the importance of an education and staying in school while introducing students to economic concepts and information about the world of work, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.
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High School Program
The High School Program strives to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become productive citizens and workers.
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Junior Achievement World Huizenga Center at Broward College: Since inception, Junior Achievement has been committed to “experiential learning.
” Taking it to the next level, Junior Achievement of South Florida has embarked on an ambitious, heart-stirring project, JA World, involving two new programs: JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. This dramatic shift forward will significantly transform how every local student is taught to view the world of work, free enterprise and their possibilities for success in it. The importance of these new programs is difficult to overstate. Because of their tremendous experiential nature, a building is required to house JA’s BizTown and JA’s Finance Park. Junior Achievement World Huizenga Center at Broward College opened for the 2009-2010 school year.