Educator Newsletter * April/May 2022
The 7th Annual JA JobSpark will be held in person at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on September 20 & September 21, 2022.

New Branding!
We are so excited to share with you our updated Junior Achievement branding! JA's new brand symbol honors our long and impactful history while moving us into the future. We are thrilled to share our updated JA JobSpark logo for Year 7 to match JA's new branding and colors- just in time for back to in-person!
JA JobSpark 2022 - Back to In-Person & Impact
If you haven't had the chance, be sure to check out our 2019 JA JobSpark Highlights video for a glimpse of our last in-person event. We are so excited to be back in person and are looking forward to all our volunteers providing hands-on experiences and interacting with your students to share their career experiences. The energy is incredible!
Co-Chair Highlight
For the past two months, we have been so excited to meet IN-PERSON with all our amazing Co-Chairs! These wonderful colleagues are the leaders of each of the 8 clusters who work all through the year to plan for JA JobSpark. In these meetings we discuss what companies will be participating, what experiences will be at the event, floorplans, materials & resources, volunteer recruitment, and more! We are so thankful for their expertise and help, we couldn't do it without them!
Educator Info Session Recap
On May 18th, we had a virtual JA JobSpark Educator Info Session where we met with a representative from each of the schools that will be attending JA JobSpark in September. Always so fun to touch base with everyone! We gave a recap of last year's event, and discussed important information that will be needed when you all return from summer break in the fall. If you were not at the educator info session, be sure to contact your school's counselor or building coordinator if you will be teaching the curriculum or attending JA JobSpark in September so they can share all necessary information with you.
New Experiences/New Companies
Check out the lists below for some of our new companies & experiences joining us as the Fairgrounds this year!
New Experiences
Insurance Actuaries​
Concession Stands​
Aerial Photography​
Event Planning​
Smart Homes​
STEM Careers​
Ticket Sales​
Safety Careers​
Nonprofit/Public Service​
CNC Machining​
Interior Design​
Meal Planning/Chef​
Special Ed Teacher

New Companies
Textron Aviation​
First Internet Bank​
Indiana State University​
Schmidt Associates​
Vincennes University​
American Senior Communities​
Purdue University​
American Structure Point​
TopShot Aerial Photography​
Let Kate Cook​
Indianapolis Colts​
Best Buddies​
Indianapolis Indians​
Four Point Design

JA JobSpark Website & Resources
Be sure to head over to our website, for all information about JA JobSpark 2022. As we work on rebranding, you'll notice our new logo and some new colors, similar to this newsletter. Also, under the "students" tab on our website, you can find excellent resources for your students to learn more about in-demand careers, Indiana post-secondary education, career exploration, 21st Century Scholars, and more!
JA EduSpark!
We are excited to bring back in-person JA EduSpark opportunities in 2022!

The JA EduSpark Industry Tour is way to inform educators about careers in-demand and provide them with a first-hand look into local companies so they can share their experiences with students and help connect academics to the real world of work. We have held a few of these Industry Tours at Roche, Salesforce, Republic Airways/LIFT Academy and IKORCC and virtually at Ed Martin Automotive, Stoops Freightliner, Paul Mitchell the School and at Victory Field. They were all very well attended/received (filling up to capacity and in some cases with a waiting list).  We are currently working on planning our next JAES Industry Tour for end of summer (late July). Stay tuned for more information! If you'd like to learn more about JA EduSpark, please feel free to reach out to Cindy Kicinski at
JA BizTown Summer Camp
JA BizTown Summer Camp registration is open and still has spots available! Our camp is a week-long experience to provide a fresh alternative for central Indiana youth looking for an engaging summer camp experience. Campers will learn about financial literacy, entrepreneurship, work readiness and philanthropy.

You can register here or visit our website for more information here.

For any additional questions please contact
Partner Spotlight - Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association
Bringing Life to Aggregates: Summer Teacher’s Institute
  • June 20-24 (registration due soon- register ASAP!)
  • Cost $75​
  • 30 PGPs to Indiana educators
  • Weeklong​ lodging, activities, meals, transportation, field trips, experiences, etc.

During the workshop, we will focus on 4 core areas:
  • Rocks, Minerals and Geology in Indiana​
  • Mining in Indiana and the Uses of Aggregates​
  • Environmental Impacts and Reclamation​
  • Careers in the Mining and Aggregates Industry​

Thank you for helping your students ignite the spark!
Why JA? Because helping kids make the connection between what they learn in the classroom and future success is what we do.
For more information on JA JobSpark, please visit
or contact Molly (Grooms) Baines at