Junior Achievement 
of Tampa Bay, Inc.
May, 2017
JA Programming Receives Local Funding
Thanks to Bank of America for their grant that funds the JA Entrepreneurial Academy. This JA program prepares students for the workforce by teaching the skills and values they will need to make important education and career choices.

Ann Shaler from Bank of America with Richard George, President of JA Tampa Bay
Volunteers from Regions bank at Town and Country for a Kindergarten Day on April 4th

Students from the IT Academy at Steinbrenner High School and Durant High School participated in the JA Job Shadow programs at the Microsoft Store.


Thanks to Brian Best, President and CEO of GTE Financial for stopping by JA BizTown on Thursday, May 11th. Brian was able to meet the JA BizTown CEO of GTE Financial. 

JA Champion

A special thanks to JA volunteer Katie Gatchell. 

 Katie was awarded a special volunteer award on May 11, 2017 at the Regional Board meeting, for being a dedicated volunteer.  

Be A JA Hero! 
Be a JA Bowler!

The following companies are gearing up to bowl this spring!  Is your company one of them? If not, JA Bowl-a-thon is a great way to join others in making a difference in the lives of the  students who live in your own community.
Call Jon Epps TODAY at (813) 382-6487or email jon.epps@ja.org

Bank United
Cherry Bekeart
Coca Cola
Creative Contractors
Crowe Horwath
Ernst & Young
Frazier & Deeter
Grant Thornton
NorthStar Bank
Raymond James
T. Rowe Price
Tech Data
Warren Averett
Wells Fargo

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$4.6 Million and Counting

We have  surpassed our JA Finance Park presented by SunTrust, Phase I campaign goal, and construction has begun! We thank all individual and corporate donors who have pledged their support to the Building Our Future Campaign. 
The board has now kicked off Phase II of the campaign, which will raise operational funds to impact over 150,000 JA students over the next 10 years. 

JA Finance Park is a unique branding and marketing opportunity which will impact every Hillsborough County family with an end result of financially literate future consumers, workers and citizens of Florida.  
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Robert Mossbacher, JA Regional Board Chairman, stands in front of the JA Finance Park construction site with Campaign trustees, Jeff Eakins, Pam Muma and Allen Brinkman (Not pictured: Gloria Giunta, Sandy Murman and Jack Rybicki)

2017 Spectrum / Junior Achievement Invitational
This year's invitational marked the 20th anniversary of Spectrum's support, and once again, our Junior Achievers will benefit from the passion and funds raised at this prestigious event. Junior Achievement wishes to thank Chairman, Mike Robertson and  Spectrum for another great year, as well as Knight Enterprises for serving as the Presenting sponsor. Over $9.6 million has been raised over 20 years to empower students to own their economic success. Our goal for 2018 is to top the $10 million mark. Thanks to all for your support!

Funding Supports Junior Achievement Work Readiness & Financial Literacy programs for At-Risk Children
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay announced that it has received grants totaling $17,000 to fund JA work readiness and financial literacy programming. The grants, from State Farm Insurance, are part of a larger statewide initiative totaling $60,000 that will support Junior Achievement programs in eleven localities throughout Florida, enabling over 5,000 young people to participate in JA's nationally recognized economic education programs.
"JA programs benefit all students," shares Jose Soto, State Farm Community Public Affairs Specialist, "however, Junior Achievement targets schools with a high percentage of low to moderate income students because they are more likely to derive greater benefit from the programs."
Richard George, President of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay explains, "Many students lack the basic information they need to make good education, career and financial decisions.  They need to know about employment opportunities, and the skills they need to open some of the career doors that are available to them."
Locally, the $5,000 allocation of State Farm funds to Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay/Hillsborough County partially funds 724 low to moderate income students to attend JA More Than Money, a program for elementary students that teaches about earning, spending, sharing and saving money.  

The check presentation occurred at JA BizTown on May 11th  with Jose Soto from State Farm.
TD Ameritrade Makes a Difference for 
JA BizTown
Thanks to a grant from TD Ameritrade, 5th graders from  Wimauma Elementary and Lee Elementary experienced what it is like to run a real 
Teacher,  Socorrito Claudio from Wimauma Elementary, shares,  "I have been teaching the JA BizTown curriculum since 2005.  Since that time, I have experienced and personally witnessed how the curriculum positively impacts my student's perception of finance and the economy.  In fact, we have even had some students teach their parents how to write a check and maintain a check register.  The experience at JA BizTown solidifies what students have learned in class in a real world experience that they normally would not experience until they are older."
Stephanie Sisson, an associate from TD Ameritrade who volunteered in the Tampa Bay Rays storefront, explains,  "I had a great time!  A lot of times volunteering feels like you could have done more or that your efforts might be lost.  But today was very different!  I could see the kids learning and understanding how sales relate to profits and paying off their business loans.  This is an experience I think will stay with them throughout their education."