JA Girl$ is a Junior Achievement initiative to educate girls and young women in financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship.
To inspire girls and young women to open their minds to new opportunities, understand the power of their choices and reach high to achieve their full economic potential.
To prepare girls and young women for economic success by providing hands-on experiences and educational opportunities that honor, value and celebrate the female perspective, experiences, and unique development.
To increase knowledge and build skills in financial literacy, workforce preparation, and entrepreneurship.
In 2002 and for every year thereafter, nearly 1,600 teenage girls become mothers in Jacksonville. Among one-parent homes in Duval County, 83% (51,618) are headed by a single mother. Forty percent of female, single-family homes with children live below the poverty level.
Junior Achievement (JA) of North Florida recognized the need for intervention. JA has been in existence since 1919 bringing economic education to young people ages five through 18. In 2006, JA of North Florida created JA Girl$. JA GIrl$ consists of three partners: female volunteers, agencies that serve children, and girls. In 2008, JA Girl$ was awarded the International MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award. JA Girl$ has been shared internationally with Africa, Arabia, England, Ireland, and Kenya; in addition to 26 JA areas stateside.
Since its inception, JA Girl$ has served over 19,000 girls in North Florida. JA Girl$ outcome results indicate that 96% of the girls increased their knowledge and skills specific to creating a budget, understanding how to use a check register and keeping track of expenditures.