Volunteer Newsletter * February 2020
The 5th Annual JA JobSpark will take place on
September 22-23, 2020 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
Thank you for volunteering at JA JobSpark 2019!
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 2020!
Survey Says...
What is the coolest thing you learned at JA JobSpark?
" The coolest thing I learned at JA JobSpark was that many people could actually achieve their dreams and goals. It made me want to try harder in school and have hope that I could become a doctor too one day."
"The coolest thing that I learned was that there are many more career clusters that you can choose from and that many of those clusters have a variety of jobs/careers."

"I learned about how surgeons use robots to help in modern day surgeries!"
"The coolest thing I learned at JA JobSpark was learning about the connections to other jobs in specific industries."
JA JobSpark Video
We are very excited to share our 2019 JA JobSpark Highlights Video capturing the impact JA JobSpark had on 10,700+ eighth graders this past September!
Cluster Planning Sessions
All 8 clusters are hard at work planning to make 2020 JA JobSpark bigger and better! The Architecture, Engineering & Construction cluster (below) had a great meeting last week in preparation for year five of #jajobsparkindy! Thanks to our Co-Chairs from Rebuilding Together Indianapolis, RJE Business Interiors and Rowland Design for overseeing the cluster and for always thinking about how to keep the activities exciting, educational and engaging every year!
Plainfield Middle School
Did you know that the Plainfield Middle School 8th graders are hosting a mini JA JobSpark this spring? They are excited to provide this mini hands-on career expo to the 5th graders at their school. JA JobSpark volunteers visited Plainfield Middle School to have more in-depth discussions with 8th grade students about career opportunities as they prepare to provide this mini hands-on career expo. Volunteers shared their insights, and students had the opportunity to ask questions about their jobs, and how to prepare for different careers, plan hands-on experiences, etc.

The 6th grade students also had a "Career Day" with guest speakers sharing information on careers, soft skills and transferable skills needed in the workplace, and how to explore various career paths. JA volunteers did a career mapping activity using our blended curriculum.

Thank you so much to our volunteers from Fuel Merchandise, Indianapolis EMS, Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana Farm Bureau, Microsoft, OneAmerica, Roche Diagnostics, Salesforce & The Hagerman Group, who represented the 8 career clusters so well. Your time was so beneficial to these students.
Thank You to our Sponsors!
Thank you to those who have committed to a sponsorship for JA JobSpark 2020! We are so thankful for your support.

Allied Automation - Silver
Ascension St. Vincent - Gold
Celebrate Science - Bronze
Ed Martin Automotive - Platinum
IKORCC - VIP Experience & Tour
IU Health - Premiere
Republic Airways, Inc. - Curriculum
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana - Bronze
Roche Indianapolis - Classroom Partner
Safety Management Group - Hospitality
Shiel Sexton - Bronze
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.