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Tara Templeton

Director of Communications

Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc.



Miami, FL., April 15, 2021 – For the past 11 years, State Farm has been supporting the delivery of Junior Achievement (JA) financial literacy programs to K-12 students in Florida. State Farm is proud to announce a new grant award this year to JA for $60,000 to support all nine JA chapters in Florida, including Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc. The grant will enable thousands of young people to participate in JA’s nationally recognized financial literacy and work readiness learning experiences.

“The mission of State Farm remains committed to ensuring that young people receive financial literacy and work readiness education programs,” said Jose Soto, Corporate Responsibility Analyst at State Farm. “Junior Achievement programs help all students improve their financial literacy, especially the low to moderate income students who derive greater benefits from the programs.”

Each JA area will use the support to advance learning experiences most needed in their region. Junior Achievement of Greater Miami will advance the JA Stock Market Challenge, empowering high school students to visualize, first-hand, how the laws of economics unfold in the real world. This unique program consists of in-class sessions, led by a volunteer, that teach the basics of investing and the stock market, introducing students to the world of equities in our free market system. The final piece of the program is a county-wide competition, where students test their skills in a realistic stock market simulation. Last year, the JA Stock Market Challenge was held virtually, impacting over 800 local high schoolers from 11 schools.   

Catherine Haga, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc., stated, “Junior Achievement is very grateful for the continued and dedicated support of State Farm across Florida. Our proven learning experiences provide young people with the tools to transform their futures, increasing economic equity, economic mobility and setting the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.”

About Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, Inc.

Junior Achievement was founded nationally in 1919 and locally in 1957 and provides over 30,000 young people in South Florida with practical economic education programs and experiences, preparing students to become productive, responsible members of society. By bringing businesspeople to volunteer in the classrooms, Junior Achievement helps today’s students learn from individuals who can relate economic theory to their lives, who care enough to listen to them, and who can provide real-life examples of how obstacles can be overcome and success achieved. This learning experience establishes the foundation upon which students can acquire skills and aptitudes necessary to succeed in today’s global economy. For more information about Junior Achievement of Greater Miami, please visit

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®

The mission of State Farm is 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 19,200 agents and 59,000 employees serve approximately 84 million policies and accounts – over 81 million auto, fire, life, health, and commercial policies and over 2 million 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. 36 on the 2020 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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