Junior Achievement works to improve financial literacy among children

In 2014, Junior Achievement of North Florida was selected by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as a Neighborhood Builders Award recipient. The nonprofit was recognized for its efforts to improve communities by teaching financial literacy skills to students in grades K through 12.

Neighborhood Builders is an investment in communities, offering flexible funding and leadership training to high-performing nonprofits and their executives.

Through the $200,000 grant Junior Achievement was awarded, the Bank of America/Junior Achievement Financial Literacy Center was built, located in New Town. The center is part of the city’s multifaceted New Town Success Zone initiative.

Junior Achievement helps prepare young people for real world financial experiences while inspiring them to remain in school. The nonprofit offers 20 programs that promote financial literacy, workforce skills and entrepreneurship, reaching 50,000 Duval County public school students a year.

This past November, local public school third-graders played the center’s Piggy Bank Savings Game, an interactive game that provides children with real-world experiences such as saving money for future purchases and paying bills.

Since the Financial Literacy Center opened in 2015, more than 800 local public school third-graders from disadvantaged neighborhoods have visited to participate in Junior Achievement’s Our City Program, taught every day at the center.

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs. In addition to gaining financial literacy skills, students learn the basics of business, banking and taxes.

Past Neighborhood Builder recipients in Jacksonville include Jewish Family & Community Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida, Sulzbacher Center, Hubbard House and Communities in Schools.


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