Volunteer Newsletter * May 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!
JA EduSpark Teacher Externship
We can't wait for our teachers to experience the first ever JA EduSpark Teacher Externship! Over the course of 2 days, educators will have the opportunity to learn about trends and skills needed for future career opportunities in various industries for students. Thank you to Republic Airways, IKORCC, & Salesforce for hosting and helping us expose teachers to what takes place at your job every day.
For more information on how your company can host a future industry tour/teacher externship with Junior Achievement, please contact Cindy at cindyk@jaindy.org
JA JobSpark Teacher Breakfast & Information Session
We are very excited to have held this year's Teacher Breakfast and Information Session last Friday, where we shared with educators all of the hard work that you have been doing the last few months. We provided information on all of the new companies that have joined the planning, and the exciting new experiences you all are bringing to JA JobSpark 2019! The educators were so excited to learn what the clusters have in store for their students this year. 
Cluster Planning
The Hospitality and Tourism cluster had a great meeting at the  Indiana State Museum last month. Welcome to new  #jajobsparkindy  cluster members from  The Indiana Roof Ballroom  and  Indianapolis Pacers . We can’t wait to see what is in store for the 8th graders in 2019 at JA JobSpark!
Q&A with JA JobSpark Volunteers
Volunteer : Denny Stephens
Company : Rebuilding Together Indianapolis
Q: How long have you been volunteering for JA JobSpark?
A: Since the beginning in 2016.
Q: What Cluster/Committees do you serve on for JA JobSpark?
A: Architecture, Engineering & Construction Co-Chair.
Q: What is your favorite part about JA JobSpark?
A: Quite simply it is the connection with an eighth grader when you provide them an experience in a field they are interested in. You literally see their face light up when they can talk to someone about their interest, and do something hands on to better understand it. I still remember a young girl from our first year who came into our career cluster and I was asking her about her interests. She said she liked construction but that she was a girl so couldn't study that! I was able to introduce her to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 103 volunteers that were operating crane simulators who had a proactive campaign to interest women into their field. From there she went to the carpenters experience and spoke to carpenters who talked about the number of women carpenters and electricians they encounter on worksites. She realized construction jobs are NOT gender specific. I always feel that we opened her eyes and maybe some doors for her future. 
Q: Why do you volunteer with the JA JobSpark Initiative?
A: I fully understand to build the workforce we are going to need not only here in Indiana but across the nation you have to start early with the students. It is amazing to talk to eighth graders that run the spectrum from 'not sure and just exploring options' all the way to the student that already knows so much about their field of interest who talk to our volunteers to gather more information to fill in the blanks of what they don't know. So many of them already have a clear path mapped out.
Q: Why is your company (if applicable) involved in JA JobSpark?
While I am retired from Eli Lilly, they understand the need to start fostering interest at an earlier and earlier age. They will need a constant stream of people to help fulfill their long term goals. Lilly needs everyone from pipe fitters, PhD researchers and everyone in between. 
2019 Sponsors
Thank you to those who have already committed to a sponsorship for JA JobSpark 2019! Click here for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Allied Automation- Bronze
Allison Transmission- Silver
Celebrate Science- Bronze
Community Health Network- Gold
Cook Regentec- Silver
Corteva Agriscience-Bronze
Deloitte- Silver
Ed Martin- Gold
Eli Lilly and Company- Presenting
FHLBank Indianapolis-Bronze
Franciscan Health- Silver
Gadellnet- Bronze
Gaylor Electric- Bronze
Health & Hospital Corporation- Bronze
Indiana Corn Marketing Council- Bronze
Indiana Soybean Alliance- Bronze
IKORCC- VIP Experience & Tour
IU Health- Diamond
J.P Morgan Chase- Bronze
Kronos- Bronze
Rehabilitation Hospital of IN- Bronze
Roche Indianapolis- JA EduSpark
Safety Management Group- Silver
St. Vincent- Bronze
Strada Education Network- Platinum
UPS- Silver
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.