Volunteer Newsletter * March 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!
Online Resources for Educators & Parents
With schools closing, Junior Achievement is providing free online resources to teachers and parents. We are doing this so our kids can spend more time planning for and dreaming about tomorrow, and less time worrying about today. We are committed to doing this until we can all be certain again. Please visit our website for teacher and parent resources!

If your company has any educational resources that you'd like to share, please send them to molly@jaindy.org and we will make sure they are included in the monthly Educator newsletter for teachers & students.
JA EduSpark Industry Tours- Postponed!
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we unfortunately had to postpone our upcoming Industry Tours scheduled for March 31 & April 1 at Stoops Freightliner- Quality Trailer and the Clearvista Lake Health Campus (Trilogy Health Services). We look forward to rescheduling these industry tours for the summer- and we'd love to add additional industry tour opportunities at YOUR company, too!

If your company or someone you may know might be interested in hosting a JA EduSpark Industry Tour, please contact Cindy at cindyk@jaindy.org for more information.
Cluster Planning Sessions
Thank you to all of our Cluster Co-Chairs and Cluster Members for continuing to hold virtual planning meetings for JA JobSpark! These times are so uncertain & a big adjustment for so many of us, so we want to say THANK YOU for your dedication and commitment to creating an incredible experience for our Indianapolis eighth graders. We can't wait to show them what you've been working on in September!
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. Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Allied Automation - Silver
Allison Transmission - Silver
Ascension St. Vincent - Gold
Board of Certified Safety Professionals - Bronze
Celebrate Science - Bronze
Ed Martin Automotive - Platinum
Health & Hospital Corporation - Bronze
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
UPS - 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!
Staff Story
Junior Achievement's Director of Development, Kacy Wendling, shared this story with the staff this past week and we wanted to share it with you, too:

"The weekend before social distancing I (Kacy) met a teacher who works at the Indiana School for the Blind at my gym. We were partners during our workout and started talking after class... she shared she was a teacher, I shared that I worked for JA and she was so excited to tell me her students went to JA JobSpark last September! She couldn't stop gushing about the program and how her kids are still talking about it. I mean honestly, we had just finished a one hour workout and I'm literally panting. No idea how she could put together any sentences but she was very fired up about JA and couldn't stop talking about it. She really emphasized how few things her students get to fully participate in and JA JobSpark was one of her (and her students) favorite things they have every done. The ability to have hands-on experiences that made her students feel included meant the world to them."

THANK YOU for being a volunteer for JA JobSpark! As you can see, what you do is so important and beneficial to these students.
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.