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Funding Supports Junior Achievement High School Heroes Program in South Florida

MIAMI, FL (July 3, 2023) – The Junior Achievement Florida Foundation has recently received a $70,000 grant from State Farm. The state-wide initiative will support Junior Achievement learning experiences in eight localities throughout Florida, including Greater Miami, enabling thousands of young people to participate in JA’s nationally recognized financial literacy and career readiness learning experiences.

“State Farm believes that financial literacy education is critical to building stronger and more resilient communities” said Jose Soto, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst. “Part of our education funding is directed toward initiatives and programs that support K-12 financial literacy and pathways for college and career success. We are proud to support Junior Achievement financial literacy and career readiness programs across Florida.”

Each of the eight Florida-based JA areas will use the support to advance learning experiences most needed in their region. State Farm’s contribution will enable Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc., to implement a unique learning experience called High School Heroes, where high school students deliver a JA program to elementary schoolers in their community.

JA High School Heroes empowers high school students to learn through teaching while they serve as role models to their younger peers. Elementary school students benefit from having their older peers take an interest in them while also delivering JA’s proven financial literacy learning experiences.

“State Farm’s generous support each year allows Junior Achievement to reach more students throughout Florida who need our programs,” states Catherine Haga, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc., “This widespread impact has widespread results, with more young people possessing the skills and mindset necessary to help our communities thrive.”

Junior Achievement of Greater Miami also offers volunteer opportunities for State Farm associates to participate in classroom activities throughout the school year.

About Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc. (JA Miami): JA Miami is dedicated to giving young people in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers and educators, and offer relevant, hands-on experiences that provide nearly 42,000 students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Visit for more information.

About Junior Achievement Florida Foundation: Chartered in 2010 the JA Florida Foundation represents the nine Florida JA chapters joining forces to link to schools across the state of Florida. This collaboration has allowed us each to grow our impact on our area's marginalized youth through statewide funding and support. Junior Achievement delivers K-12 programming for entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and career readiness. For more information on the organization, visit

About State Farm®: For 100 years, the mission of State Farm has been and continues to be to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its more than 19,400 agents and approximately 61,764 employees serve over 91 million policies and accounts – which includes auto, fire, life, health, commercial policies and financial services accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 42 on the 2022 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit

Media Contacts:

Tara Templeton
Junior Achievement of Greater Miami
(305) 687-3977

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