“We are so grateful for Mrs. Weaver’s support for our organization and what we do to get our youth ready for the future,” said Steve St. Amand, president of JA of North Florida. “The students we educate tell us they are learning a lot from our programs and what we are teaching them has made staying in school very important. Now we are asking the community, local businesses and our corporate friends to help us meet this challenge so we can continue helping our young people learn and grow.”
The funds raised through this challenge grant will help support the JA Financial Literacy Center in New Town. The center is where third-grade students from throughout Duval county participate in the JA’s Our Community program and the JA Eating Healthy on a Budget program which includes a shopping trip to the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market.
Those who would like to donate to help reach the Delores Barr Weaver Fund Challenge Grant goal can visit janfl.org, click on get involved and then donate. Donors can direct their donation to the Weaver Match. Donations can also be received by mail at 4049 Woodcock Drive, Suite 200, Jacksonville FL 32207.
The Delores Barr Weaver Fund has been a big supporter of JA of North Florida. In addition to this challenge grant, Mrs. Weaver has also given a $90,000 grant to help fund a program manager position and JA of North Florida also receives a grant of $10,000 a year into perpetuity from the Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund.
About the Delores Barr Weaver Fund
Delores Barr Weaver established this Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida in 2012 to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that do work she has supported over many years and to encourage others to do so as well. Mrs. Weaver has an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy, and she has provided transformative support to dozens of nonprofit organizations that uplift, enlighten and advance our community. Her establishment of the Delores Barr Weaver Fund ($50 million) in 2012 was the largest gift in The Community Foundation’s history.
About Junior Achievement of North Florida
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement of North Florida has been operating in Jacksonville since 1963 and now includes a satellite office in Tallahassee. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of North Florida helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. This collaboration resulted in 59,439 students reached during the 2017-2018 school year. To learn more about Junior Achievement of North Florida, visit www.janfl.org.
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