What's Brewing This Month:
  • JA Installs New Board Chair and Officers 
  • JA Team is Growing! 
  • The Impact is Real! Almost 70,000 Students Served!
  • JA Partners with Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)
  • Marine Pathway Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot a Success! 
  • Not to Miss Events! Rose Soirée & Ultimate Night Out
Message From New Board Chair, Andrew Koenig

Every two years, Junior Achievement appoints new board officers. We are pleased to announce the 2022-2024 slate:


Bob Birdsong, Vice Chair

Monica Navarro, Treasurer

Franki Lupo Schmidt, Secretary

Tim Rubin, Immediate Past Chair

A special “thank you” to outgoing board chair Tim Rubin of Kaufman Rossin, who served an extended term, for his dedication and resilient leadership during challenging times. As new Chair, Andrew Koenig, CEO of CITY Furniture, assumes the role, we look forward to his commitment to continue to drive JA's mission forward with a dynamic and passionate Board of Directors. 

Welcome New Board Members

New board members pinned and welcomed last month include Ross Calvert, CUNDY, Inc, Manish Hirapara, PeakActivity, Ryan Cronin, CITY Furniture,and Janice Stubbs, Broward College. Thank you for choosing JA! 


JA Team is Growing...
After 14 years of service and commitment, JA Chief Program Officer Debbie Fairholm will begin her retirement. JA wishes Debbie all the best! Finding someone to continue Debbie's great work was not easy, but after a long search, we are pleased to announce Dr. Shernette Grant, formerly Director of Innovative Programs with Broward County Public Schools, has joined the team. She will bring years of education and innovative leadership! 
Joining Dr. Grant are two additional dynamic new team members -- Angelina Jadulal, JA Fellows Program Manager, and Kaitlin Jones, Event Manager. Thank you for bringing your skills and talents to JA!
Angelina Jadulal
Kaitlin Jones
The Numbers Are In...The Impact is REAL!
This past fiscal year, approximately 70,000 students participated in Junior Achievement’s programs focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and/or work readiness skill building. But it's not just about the numbers served, it's the IMPACT!

Here are some examples of JA's impact:
  • 724,450 Instructional Hours Delivered 
  • 65 Youth Placed in Summer Internships 
  • 20 Youth-Incubator Companies Created
  • 66,102 Youth Exposed to Leading Career Pathways
  • 120 Youth Gained Experiential Soft Skills Training 
  • 21 Youth Completed Marine Technician, Pre-Apprenticeship Program
The above accomplishments earned Junior Achievement of South Florida the 4-Star Award from JA USA, once again this year. This award recognizes JA areas each JA area for their impact and financial performance. JA is proud of our team and Board of Directors who continue to be committed to inspiring and empowering youth to own their economic success.

Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) and JA Partner on Leadership Camp at JA World
This is the second year BSO and JA have partnered to host an exciting day for participants of the BSO Leadership Camp. Broward Sheriff's Office held its Leadership Camp for 60 middle and high school students who visited JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion for a fun day of learning about making financial and career decisions.
Thanks to Board Member Kim Sarni and friends, the Synovous team, Hunter Brockway (Boca Retirement Services), Avery Wonacott (Crystal Capital) and student volunteer Emma Rodriguez for serving as volunteers/corporate partners and for making the day AWESOME!

JA Successfully Launches First Pre-Apprenticeship Program

There is a great need in our community to educate and recruit students to enter successful careers across industries. JA recently partnered with several companies including FB Marine, Marine Max and Mercury, to create a Marine Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program. The 21 participants each earned five certifications - OSHA 10, Operating a Forklift, Boating Safety, CPR/First Aid and M-Tek.

South Florida’s Marine Industry is booming and needs qualified employees! These students will go on to work with these employers in their new apprenticeship programs. This program is available to youth ages 17-24 and will expand in the coming year. Special thanks to the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation, Florida Department of Education, Broward County and Marine Industry partners for supporting the pilot program. 


Junior Achievement Events Never Disappoint!
Don't miss the next two upcoming events. Rosé Soirée, a fun evening hosted by the JA Circle of Wise Women for the ladies to sip, swirl, shop, welcome new members and present scholarships to female JA students. On September 8th, at 5 pm, at the former Neiman Marcus in The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale, we will also honor our WOW (Woman of Wisdom) award recipient, Sharon Gustafson-Florescue.

Then on November 14th, JA's men's group "The League" will host the Ultimate Night Out, featuring all the things men love...craft brews, wine and spirits, premium fare, live and silent auctions and a cigar lounge all in the very desirable setting of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Hope to see you at both events!
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