Volunteer Newsletter * October 2019
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!
2019 Highlights

  • 1,400 Volunteers
  • 150 Businesses
  • 10,700 Students
  • 8,000 Planning Hours
  • 69 Schools
  • 700 Educators
  • 8 Career Clusters
  • 200 Hands-On Experiences

Never underestimate the power unleashed by a single spark!
Survey Says...
At JA JobSpark, students are encouraged to visit 5 out of the 8 career clusters. Students are able to keep track of this on the passports worn around their neck during the event. Industry professionals (you!) initial each cluster after the students have visited. This year, we added a student survey on the back in order to gain some immediate feedback from the students following JA JobSpark. The data is in! Out of 1,968 completed surveys...

96% of students are more aware of career opportunities in their field of interest.

95% of students think it is important to start thinking about their career interests and goals in middle school.

98% of students enjoyed attending JA JobSpark.

96% of students learned something new at JA JobSpark.

*please stay tuned for official post-survey data- coming soon!*
Volunteer Partners
Volunteers were an essential part of the 2019 JA JobSpark experience.

Whether you were greeting students on their bus, assisting with traffic flow, welcoming students & volunteers inside the pavilions, answering questions, managing the hospitality room, or engaging students in a cluster, you contributed to the overall success of the event . THANK YOU!
JA JobSpark Photos
Volunteer Testimonials
"The most valuable part [of JA JobSpark] is providing the opportunity for students to view the many careers and to give them a chance to visit with adults within their chosen industry."

"It was so valuable hearing one of the students say, 'I'm living my dream right now!'"

"The most valuable part of JA JobSpark was seeing the "light go on" as students learned how to participate in the activity."

"I thought it was an incredible experience for the students & am happy that IPS students are able to explore & observe all the many career opportunities that are out there."

"I was really impressed with the displays from different companies. What a great opportunity for students to see a variety of roles."
Best & Brightest Nominations
Nominations for Junior Achievement’s 16 th Annual Best and Brightest Awards are now open!

This event recognizes 100 of central Indiana’s accomplished young professionals, age 40 and under, who are making an impact in our communities. There are ten industry categories and the top 10 finalists from every category will be honored at an Award Ceremony at Hilbert Circle Theatre on March 11, 2020 where a winner from each category will be announced. 

  Nominations will be accepted online through November 25, 2019. 

Visit www.indysbestandbrightest.org for full event information. Please contact Jenn Penix with any questions.  
When our young people know where they’re going, we all advance.
For more information on JA JobSpark, please visit www.jajobspark.org
or contact Molly Grooms at molly@jaindy.org