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“3DE is giving them the skills they need to succeed”

As a parent, Lisa Peppers was introduced to 3DE by Junior Achievement when her son Dalton was placed in the 3DE model at Chamberlain High School. As a volunteer for Bank of America, her intrigue spiked when she became a business coach ...

National Volunteer Month – Alan Stevenson & Earle Lusk

Our Junior Achievement Volunteer Experience Alan:     I am now retired, but I began my Junior Achievement experience during ‘The Great Recession’.  During an unemployment networking meeting, a staff member from the local JA office came to spe ...

National Volunteer Month – Tiffany Adams

Senior Leto High School Hi!  I’m Tiffany Adams a senior at Leto High School! Thank you Bank of America for investing in the youth of our community through Junior Achievement.  You have had a presence in my life starting back in 5th grade through ...

Virtual Volunteer Speaker Series Guide

JA Virtual Speaker Series Volunteer Guide III ...

Media Release Form

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National Volunteer Month – Karla Newan

Area HR Manager IBERIABANK How many years have you been volunteering for JA? At least 10 years In what capacity? I’ve been a classroom volunteer, board member (2019-2020) and corporate liaison (Florida Bank). How did you first become involved w ...

National Volunteer Month – Bob Perini

Manager, Data Center Services PSCU How many years have you been volunteering for JA? Just over 20 years; 14 of them at Northeast High School’s Academy of Finance. In what capacity? Classroom volunteer. How did you first become ...

National Volunteer Month – Kristen Laramore

Communications Employee Engagement and Community Outreach CITI How many years have you been volunteering for JA? 6 years altogether; 2 years in Texas and 4 years in Florida. In what capacity? Classroom volunteer, board member, corpor ...

National Volunteer Month – Bob Conigliaro

Bob Conigliaro VP Community Relations Caspers Company McDonald’s Restaurants   How many years have you been volunteering for JA? I have been involved with Junior Achievement since the inception of Enterprise Village ...

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s response to the COVID-19 virus

Following  The State Department of Education, and local school districts, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay will continue to postpone physical programming until schools return. Our virtual learning resources still remain accessible for studen ...

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2020 postponed until further notice

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame 2020 postponed until further notice In light of President Trump’s address to the nation this evening, and protocol and advice from the CDC and health officials, we regret to inform you that Junior Achievement Hall of ...

JA Tampa Bay Health and Safety Update

Last updated: 3-10-2020 Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s primary focus is keeping our students and volunteers safe, healthy and able to enjoy their visit to our campus. To do so, we are working closely with Hillsborough and Pinellas County Schools ...

JA | ACE welcomes first class to the Academy for Collaborative Entrepreneurship at Embarc Collective

JA Tampa Bay holds inaugural class for their new entrepreneurship program in downtown Tampa 2020 will be a year of firsts and landmarks for Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, as the organization driven to see young students succeed in the workplace con ...

JA holds Job Shadow experience for students across Tampa Bay

JA Tampa Bay partnered with local companies and organizations, bringing career insights to high school students JA Tampa Bay has teamed up with local high schools and companies to help bring job shadow experience to students. The valuable and experie ...

Aspire Financial Services CEO Peter Kirtland joins JA Tampa Bay Board of Directors

Kirtland’s wealth of experience in the financial services industry bolsters JA Tampa Bay’s shared vision of financial literacy Pete Kirtland is the latest member of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors. The Junior Achievement of ...

JA Inspire Career Expo Introduces Hundreds of Students to New Career Opportunities

JA Tampa Bay held their third JA Inspire Career Expo in an event that exposes middle school students to a variety of professions, careers and industries Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay held their third JA Inspire Career Expo this week, introducing hu ...

Silicon Valley Bank and ReliaQuest Partner for #TechGivesBack Day at JA Tampa Bay

SVB Vice President A.J. Fang and ReliaQuest CFO Gregory Farrell head up a volunteer day at JA BizTown JA Tampa Bay welcomed Silicon Valley Bank Vice President A.J. Fang and ReliaQuest Chief Financial Officer Gregory Farrell to JA BizTown this week. T ...

November, 2019

Junior Achievement high school programs are headed to Tampa Bay The programs motivate students by allowing them to learn through real business projects. ...

November, 2019

Junior Achievement will open entrepreneur lab in Embarc Collectiv Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay is creating an entrepreneurship academy and lab with Embarc Collective, the innovation and startup hub slated to be finished by the end of the year in d ...

October, 2019

Pinellas County Schools & Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay Partner to Launch 3DE Schools Innovative high school model proven to accelerate student engagement and academic outcomes in traditional public high schools will launch August 2020 ...

August, 2019

Proud to partner with ReliaQuest to bring 3DE by Junior Achievement to the local Tampa Bay area in Fall, 2020. ...

June, 2019

Embarc Collective We are excited to partner with Embarc Collective as one of 50 national partners to help Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. ...

June, 2019

Farm Grant Awarded To Junior Achievement Junior Achievement (JA) of Tampa Bay recently announced that it has received grants totaling $18,000 to fund JA’s work readiness and financial literacy programming. The grants, from State Farm Insurance, are ...

May, 2019

PCS Students impress local employers for summer internships! This is the second video in a series about the 2019 Pinellas County Schools Summer Internship program. At this event, students learn job skills from Junior Achievement and then have the opp ...

May, 2019

STATE FARM GRANT AWARDED TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT Funding Supports Junior Achievement Work Readiness & Financial Literacy programs for At-Risk Children ...

April, 2019

Bloggin’ About BizTown ...

March, 2019

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay participates in Kforce STEM Fair to inspire the next generation of innovators ...

March, 2019

WFLA Interview with Pam Muma – JA Centennial Award (audio link) ...

March, 2019

Top Partners, Volunteers and Students to be Honored at Annual Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Kane’s Furniture, The Vinik Family Foundation and USAA to be Celebrated ...

Feb, 2019

Six Honorees to Receive the Junior Achievement National Centennial Leadership Award Six honorees representing Junior Achievement operations in seven U.S. cities have been named recipients of the Junior Achievement National Centennial Leadership Award ...

Sept, 2018

Junior Achievement to Deliver JA BizTown Mobile Junior Achievement will launch a $500,000 fundraising campaign in Alachua County to bring a JA BizTown Mobile experience, presented by CAMPUS USA Credit Union, to Alachua County 5th graders. ...

September, 2018

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay announces new Board Members and Officers ...

September, 2018

Junior Achievement Finance Park teaches students how to manage money ...

September, 2018

Junior Achievement of Tampa to unveil new financial education facility Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay will unveil the new JA Finance Park on Sept. 13. The JA Finance Park, a collaboration of SunTrust Banks and Hillsborough County Public Schools, wil ...

September, 2018

JA Finance Park Presented by SunTrust Promotion Director Christina Roberts discussing JA Finance Park on WFLA. ...

August, 2018

Financial Literacy 101 Part 1 From balancing a checkbook to savings accounts, the pros and cons of credit cards, maintaining a good credit score to investments – what should we be teaching our youth? ...

June, 2018

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF TAMPA BAY RECEIVES GRANT FROM STATE FARM Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay announced today that it has received grants totaling $17,000 to fund JA work readiness and financial literacy programming. The grants, from State Farm Insu ...

June, 2018

Bucs’ Rookies Get Some Money-Managing Tips It’s Professionalism Week for Bucs’ rookies. Just a few short months ago, the guys were college students with not much financial freedom. Now, they’re professional athletes having to ...

April 10, 2018

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March 27, 2018

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March, 2018

Adelaide ‘Alex’ Sink honored as Lightning Community Hero The Lightning honored Adelaide ‘Alex’ Sink as the 37th Lightning Community Hero this season ...

March 20, 2018

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March 13, 2018

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February 27, 2018

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February 13, 2018

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February 6, 2018

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January 30, 2018

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January 23, 2018

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January 9, 2018

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December, 2017

The next generation of cyber sleuths Target, Equifax, Yahoo, Home Depot … what do these four seemingly disparate companies have in common? ...

October, 2017

Junior Achievement DOES Make a Difference As a nine-year-old Cuban immigrant, King High School teacher Leonel Garcia faced innumerable challenges: He spoke no English. He struggled to pass the reading section of FCAT. His third-grade teacher recommen ...

Naming and Recognition Opportunities

There are many varied opportunities for sponsorship which will feature your family or foundation name. (more…) ...

JA Finance Park Jobs Sponsors

Love your job? Share it with a student! (more…) ...

December 12, 2017

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December 5, 2017

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November 28, 2017

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October, 2017

Cybercop kids! Tampa’s BizTown opens cybersecurity storefront Tampa’s Muma JA BizTown is a rite of passage field trip for Hillsborough County fifth grade students. It allows kids to try out future jobs by “working” at Publix, ...

April, 2017

Tax credits help fund Junior Achievement financial literacy center in Tampa A capital campaign for JA Finance Park presented by SunTrust has topped the $6 million mark. Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay used a complex New Markets Tax Credits financing ...

October, 2017

ReliaQuest partners with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay to Create Cybersecurity Storefront at Muma JA BizTown Fifth grade students from across Hillsborough County will experience what it would be like to work in the fast-paced world of cybersecurity ...

August, 2017

Junior Achievement Capital Campaign Gaining Steam New Markets Tax Credit Pumps in a Projected Benefit of Nearly $1.4 million to the University Community Development Area for JA Finance Park  ...

June, 2017

Fidelity Investments Partners with JA of Tampa Bay to create storefront at Muma JA BizTown Students will no longer have to imagine what it would be like to run a Fidelity Investor Center; they’ll actually get to experience it. In this simulated ...

May, 2017

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay receives grant from State Farm Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay announced that it has received a grant in the amount of $17,000 to fund JA programming. The grant from State Farm Insurance is to support the implementatio ...

April, 2017

Manpower partners with Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay and Hillsborough County schools In collaboration with JA USA and Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Manpower contributed $4,000 and six Manpower volunteers to JA BizTown, Junior Achievement’s exp ...

April, 2017

Bank of America throws $600,000 ‘surprise party’ for nonprofits Junior Achievement will use its grant dollars to continue supporting the “Sharks” entrepreneurial after school program for kids at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate Hig ...

High School

As high school students begin to position themselves for their future, there are many unanswered questions about what lies ahead. Junior Achievement’s high school programs help students make informed, intelligent decisions about their future, and f ...

JA Be Entrepreneurial

JA Be Entrepreneurial challenges students, through interactive classroom activities, to start their own entrepreneurial venture while still in high school. The program provides useful, practical content to assist teens in the transition from being s ...

JA Career Success

JA Career Success equips students with the knowledge required to get and keep a job in high-growth industries. Students will explore the crucial workplace skills employers seek but often find lacking in young employees. Students also will learn abou ...

JA Company Program Blended Model

JA Company Program unlocks the innate ability in high school students to fill a need or solve a problem in their community by launching a business venture and unleashing their entrepreneurial spirit. The program focuses on Company Ops, the majority ...

JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow prepares students to be entrepreneurial thinkers in their approach to work. In-class sessions prepare students for a visit to a professional work environment, where they will face a series of challenges administered by their workplace ...

JA Personal Finance Blended Model

JA Personal Finance Blended Model allows students to experience the interrelationship between today’s financial decisions and future financial freedom. To achieve financial health and wellness, they learn about money-management strategies, includi ...

Middle School

The middle grades programs build on concepts the students learned in Junior Achievement’s elementary school program and help teens make difficult decisions about how to best prepare for their educational and professional future. The programs supple ...

JA Economics for Success

JA Economics for Success gives students the information needed to build strong personal finances, a cornerstone to a happy, secure life. Students learn the importance of exploring career options based on their skills, interests, and values. They als ...

JA Global Marketplace Blended Model

JA Global Marketplace Blended Model introduces students to the global marketplace and the ways in which countries buy and sell from each other. Through completion of this program, students will gain an understanding of producers and consumers in the ...

JA It’s My Business! Blended Model

Through engaging activities, JA It’s My Business! Blended Model provides middle school students an opportunity to experience the initial steps necessary to start a business. New program content provides an authentic entrepreneurial experience for ...

JA It’s My Future® Blended Model

JA It’s My Future Blended Model offers middle school students practical information to help prepare them for the working world. Students will develop the personal-branding and job-hunting skills needed to earn a job. (Grades 6-8) READ MORE ...

Elementary

JA’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, as well as an after-school and capstone experience, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand bus ...

JA Ourselves

JA Ourselves uses storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving ...

JA Our Families

JA Our Families explains how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods a ...

JA Our Community

JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision maki ...

JA Our City

JA Our City introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for third–grade social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. ...

JA Our Region

JA Our Region introduces students to entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs use resources to produce goods and services in a region. Students operate a hypothetical hot dog stand to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and ...

JA More than Money

JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of c ...

JA Our Nation

JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st-century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program’s end, students will understand the skills, especially in ...