Governance Principles

The Junior Achievement Board of Directors and management believe that the organization should embrace governance practices that will ensure transparency of operational practices resulting in the knowledge that community-provided resources are used to effectively and efficiently meet JA’s mission: to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is a diverse group of men and women committed to improving the lives of children in Broward and south Palm Beach Counties through economic and free enterprise education. There is an expectation to attend an orientation session within the first six months of being elected. A complete list of roles and responsibilities is available. Directors are not compensated for their Board service.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee oversees the engagement of the auditor, the execution of the audit and preparation of the 990, and the report to the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee also reviews the management advisory letter and ensures management’s responsiveness to suggestions for improvement. Finally, the Audit Committee is responsible for oversight of JA’s Business Continuation Plan.


  • Conflict of Interest: signed by all the board members and staff annually. Discloses any relationships that could provide potential conflicts of interest.
  • Non-retaliation (whistleblower): signed by all staff annually. Acknowledges the process to follow if someone suspects inappropriate activities by any of its employees, volunteers (including board members), host teachers, or vendors.
  • Fraud Policy: defines, in general, areas of potential fraud and the actions that will be taken upon suspicion of fraudulent activities. The Audit Committee manages all investigations.