Volunteer Newsletter * Summer 2020
The 5th Annual JA JobSpark will be a VIRTUAL event on
September 22-23, 2020
Thank you to you all for your patience and continued support as we navigate a new virtual world during COVID-19. We know there is no substitute for hands-on activities and in-person conversations with our industry experts. However, we are excited to redefine and enhance JA JobSpark as an online experience that will be educational, engaging and fun for our students.
JA JobSpark Virtual Platform: Ignition
We are very excited to be working with Ignition as our partner for our new virtual platform for JA JobSpark 2020. Ignition is a creative & strategic agency specializing in design, management & delivery of exhibitions, events & experiences around the world. They have done an excellent job shifting their model to this new virtual world, and have helped us design a really neat & engaging 3D Experience of JA JobSpark. After learning about our event & receiving materials from past years at the Fairgrounds, the below sketches & models below give an idea of what the platform will look like. We can't wait for the students to see it!
JA JobSpark: Revamped Curriculum

With the help of our amazing colleagues at Junior Achievement, we have revamped our In-School Curriculum Prior to and Post JA JobSpark to now be entirely online! We know the future of school looks different for many students & teachers, so we wanted to create an opportunity for students to access curriculum on our website. The curriculum remains similar to past years, with a few exciting updates & updated school standards. Stay tuned for more updates!
Cluster Planning Sessions
Thank you to all of our Cluster Co-Chairs and Cluster Members for continuing to hold virtual planning meetings, and prepare INCREDIBLE experiences for JA JobSpark! We know these times are so busy & tough as we learn to navigate our new normal, so we want to say THANK YOU for your dedication and commitment to creating an amazing experience for our Indianapolis eighth graders. We can't wait to show them what you've been working on in September!
A Big 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! If you are still interested in sponsoring, please email cindyk@jaindy.org for additional information & sponsorship opportunities.

Allied Automation - Silver
Allison Transmission - Silver
Ascension St. Vincent - Platinum
Board of Certified Safety Professionals - Bronze
Celebrate Science - Bronze
Corteva Agriscience - Bronze
Ed Martin Automotive - Platinum
FHLBank Indianapolis - Bronze
Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. - Presenting
Ernst & Young - Bronze
Health & Hospital Corporation - Bronze
IKORCC - VIP Experience & Tour
Indiana Farm Bureau/Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance - Bronze
IPL - Gold
IU Health - Premiere
JPMorgan Chase - Silver
OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. - Silver
Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana - Bronze
Republic Airways, Inc. - Curriculum
Roche Indianapolis - Classroom Partner
Safety Management Group - Hospitality
Shiel Sexton - Bronze
Strada Education Network - Curriculum
The Capital Group Companies - Silver
UPS - Bronze

Meet our Summer Intern, Sam!
We so appreciate the work of our Summer Intern, Sam. He jumped right in and has been a tremendous help at Junior Achievement, specifically on the JA JobSpark team as we transition to a virtual event. He has helped us collect logos and career lists for the program, created post-event surveys, created newsletters, & so much more. We had a wonderful time celebrating Intern Day (Thursday July 30) with a staff zoom celebration! We can't thank him enough and are already sad to see him leave us in a couple short weeks to head back to IU Bloomington. Get to know Sam below!
•What I enjoy most about my internship with JA is the large variety of work I get to do and learn about. I also really enjoy knowing I am working for a good cause.

•Some connections I can make between this internship and what I’ve done in school are collaborating on projects, communicating effectively and adapting to new challenges.

•I am still exploring my future career plans and I am currently thinking about a potential career in marketing.

•Interning at JA has been really rewarding not just for all that I have been able to learn, but also for getting to help others and for all the great relationships I have forged.

Thank you, Sam!!
Virtual JA JobSpark School Kick-Off!
We are looking forward to our upcoming School Kick-Off date(s) to "see" our educators, share our new curriculum & provide more information about all the hard work you have put in to this year's JA JobSpark.
Virtual VIP Experience & Tour
We will still be having our VIP Experience & Tour again this year on September 23rd- Zoom style! If you are interested in attending or know someone in your company that would benefit in seeing the impact that JA JobSpark has on our youth & the community, please send their name and email information to cindyk@jaindy.org and we will make sure an invite is sent.
For more information on JA JobSpark, please visit www.jajobspark.org
or contact Molly (Grooms) Baines 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.