TOP 5 - August 8, 2019
DJ Smiley is Back for
Glow in the Dark JA Bowl-A-Thon

If you've attended past Junior Achievement of South Florida events, you know how much JA loves promoting young entrepreneurs. DJ Smiley (high schooler Gavin Diaz) is one of them. He has been a staple at most of our signature events, including JA World Uncorked, Ultimate Night Out and the JA Bowl-A-Thon. Check out his highlight video:

2018 DJ Smiley WORLDWIDE

DJ Smiley will be back for the 2019 JA Bowl-A-Thon, which is September 20th at Strikes in Boca Raton and September 27th at SpareZ Bowling in Davie. His mix of dance music was a hit with last year's bowlers, who enjoyed the party atmosphere. Help us raise funds for JA programs. Join our Glow in the Dark fun event, which is perfect for corporate teams, friends and family!

For more information about the event, contact  Kacee Reid  at (954) 979-7108 or email .

JA Career Bound Grad Shares His Experience in Leadership Program

"JA Career Bound has motivated me to one day start and manage my own personal business using the many tools and skills I learned while in the program. I am better prepared for today's workforce! Program days, including my favorite visiting Celebrity Cruises, introduced us to career opportunities within the various industries."  - Kaleb Santil, 11th grade.

In our cutting-edge, skills building leadership program, high school students  visit some of South Florida's premier businesses to learn firsthand about the career opportunities and what companies are looking for in future employees. Students learn from top executives who share their journeys to success. At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to put their skills into action by participating in various paid internships with job shadowing.

For more information, contact Briana Donaldson at (954) 979-7100 ext. 130 or email

Future Entrepreneur Meets with
WPLG Channel 10 Mentor

Junior Achievement of South Florida continues to connect future entrepreneurs and leaders with business innovators. Thank you, Bert Medina, General Manager of WPLG Channel 10, for meeting with JA Fellows participant Ross Zoutte, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Ross was part of the Pure Serenity team that captured 2nd Place "National Company of the Year" at the JA National Student Leadership Summit.

Bert shared some words of wisdom, such as "find and follow your passion" and "sometimes you need to rock the boat to move forward."

In addition to supporting our high school programs, WPLG Channel 10 has an incredible hands-on storefront in JA BizTown, where 5th graders run their own TV station/news broadcast.

For more information about the JA Fellows Entrepreneurship program, contact Martha Rios at (954) 979-7103 or email

Pure Serenity Team Member Ross Zoutte with Bert Medina of WPLG Channel 10
#IAMJA - Alumni have Opportunity to Impact Today's Youth

I Am Junior Achievement Alumni Video
Click to watch the "I Am Junior Achievement Alumni" Video

Fun fact: What do  Mark Cuban Dr. Sanjay Gupta Dan Rather Amy Sedaris Congresswoman Donna Shalala , and  Gene Simmons  all have in common? They all participated in Junior Achievement!

Are you JA? Did you participate in Junior Achievement? Do you remember the impact of your JA experience? Regardless of which JA programs you participated in, or where in the world the program was hosted, you are in a unique position to empower current students here in South Florida by sharing your story. Stay tuned for special events for Alumni in 2019-2020.

JA Blog: Buying Local in a Buzzing Economy

How many times have you heard "Buy Local" or "Support Local Businesses"? Probably hundreds of times. So why this "local" push? What does it do for you or your community? With summer here, the concept of buying locally will only increase, specifically about your local farmers' markets. While providing you with delicious produce, farmers markets potentially have a more significant impact on the community than it does just in your fridge.

Junior Achievement of South Florida inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a competitive, global economy by providing real world training in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.
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