The purpose of the U. S. Virgin Islands Chapter of Junior Achievement International is to provide and facilitate responsive initiatives and programs that are designed to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a local and global economy through interaction with mentors, the business community, and other stakeholders.
Junior Achievement of the Virgin Islands (JAVI) was initially incorporated in 1993 by a group of organizers led by Tom Bolt and Valerie George; but was later dissolved.
In July 2008 a group led by Julito Francis revived JAVI and obtained approval from the prior group to keep the name JAVI
JAVI held its first official meeting in July 2008, electing Cheryl Francis as the President. Pastor Themba was named the Acting Executive Director.
JAVI partnered with the Department of Education and obtained approval to begin the program in the public schools
February 2009, the pilot program, Economics for Success began in the middle schools.
In the 2008/2009 school year, JAVI reached out to 20 classes with a total of approximately 400 students at the Cancryn School on St. Thomas and the Elena Christian School on St. Croix; Julius E. Sprauve school was started but not completed.
JAVI is made up of a diverse group of business leaders and Entrepreneurs from our local community. We run into the issue of a 40 mile ocean barrier which keeps us constantly challenged. Our board is made up of equal representation from all three islands and they are responsible for operation and expansion of JAVI programs. Monthly meetings are held to review progress and keep on track to ensure the success of our organization.