Volunteer Newsletter * February 2019
The 4th Annual JA JobSpark will take place on
September 24-25, 2019 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Thank you for volunteering at JA JobSpark 2018!
An event of this magnitude is possible because of volunteer support from
business and community partners. You made a difference by being
part of this experience and we look forward to seeing you at JA JobSpark 2019!
Survey Says...
Surveys were provided to students, educators and volunteers following JA JobSpark 2018. We are thrilled to report this outstanding feedback! Thomas P. Miller & Associates (TPMA) was hired to administer the surveys, analyze the data and report the findings. Thank you to everyone that completed the survey. Your feedback is valuable and helps us with planning and evaluation!
JA EduSpark Initiative
We are so excited to launch our new JA EduSpark logo and initiative! JA EduSpark provides engaging opportunities for educators to connect industry to classroom learning.This will be accomplished through industry tours, an opportunity to tour the JA JobSpark hands-on experiences, and hear from a panel of professionals highlighting in-demand careers. These events are applicable to high school and middle school Teachers, Counselors and Administrators participating in JA JobSpark, or that are not involved with JA JobSpark but would like to take advantage of this new JA Initiative. 

The goal of JA EduSpark is to develop and execute a series of events which further detail the industries represented at JA JobSpark, in-demand jobs and the skills and education needed to fill those jobs.
Cluster Planning Sessions
All 8 clusters are hard at work planning to make 2019 JA JobSpark bigger and better! The Architecture, Engineering & Construction cluster (below) had a fantastic first meeting in January in preparation for year four of  #jajobspark ! The cluster had a few new companies in attendance, including  Gaylor Electric Pepper Construction Group  &  West Side Tractor Sales Co.  The members are brainstorming new ideas for hands-on experiences to bring to the Fairgrounds in September. Thank you to  Schmidt Associates for hosting January's meeting!
Q&A with JA JobSpark Volunteers
Volunteer : Beth Petrucce
Title : Director of Community Benefit/Engagement/Outreach
Company : St. Vincent Indianapolis
Q: How long have you been volunteering for JA JobSpark?
A: 3 years

Q: What Cluster/Committees do you serve on for JA JobSpark?
A: Health & Sciences Cluster; sub-cluster (ER to OR) Chair and
Venue, Volunteers & Logistics Committee (x 2 years)

Q: What is your favorite part about JA JobSpark?
A: I love working on the Venue, Volunteer & Logistics committee “behind the scenes” to lay out the couple of days (at JA JobSpark) but more importantly I love seeing the 10,000 students---with SO much promise---come through the clusters to see all the incredible opportunities in front of them!

Q: Why do you volunteer with the JA JobSpark Initiative?
A: JA is such an important part of our community truly serving students on making themselves their “very best selves” through such initiatives like JA JobSpark. It’s incredible to be a part of planning such an invaluable and huge event for our future leaders.

Q: Why is your company involved in JA JobSpark?
A: St. Vincent assists JA JobSpark through partnerships and volunteers because of the critical importance of “opening the eyes for our students” to so many different career opportunities for our leaders of tomorrow. There is nothing better than hands-on learning and JA JobSpark is an incredible opportunity for both students and future employers to interact with each other to ‘spark” something in a student for their future!
St. Vincent Volunteers at Health & Life Sciences Cluster meeting in January.
Left to Right : Stacie Feltz, Sports Performance; Jennifer Martin, Imaging/Radiology; Brice Williams, Simulation Center; Megan Sipe, Strategy; Beth Petrucce, Community Engagement and Eric Smartt, Talent Acquisition
What would you like to see at JA JobSpark?
Do you know of a new business that would be a great addition to JA JobSpark?
Send their contact information to cindyk@jaindy.org and we'll get in touch!
For more information on JA JobSpark, please visit www.jajobspark.org
or contact Molly Grooms at molly@jaindy.org
If you enjoyed volunteering for JA JobSpark, check out our other Junior Achievement volunteer opportunities! Email Sally@jaindy.org or Lacia@jaindy.org for more information.