|Pillars of Student Success||
|Program Implementation||Program Grade-Level|
|Classroom Based, Virtual||Grades 6-8|
|Program Concepts||Program Skills|
|Introspection, self-knowledge, research, mapping skills to potential careers, goal-setting||Self-assessment, utilize career resources to develop a career plan, explore post-secondary education options, explore various careers, understand employment trends and job outlook for career planning|
Students learn about JA Inspire. Through close examination of specific skills and career clusters, they learn the key factors to investigate career planning, skills, interests, work priorities, and job outlooks.
-Recognize career clusters that match their skills and interests.
-Assess their soft skills and identify need for improvement.
-Identify industries and jobs that offer opportunities.
Students refine a plan for the event. Encourage students to spend additional time outside of class researching the participating companies, if possible.
-Identify companies that they want to learn more about at the JA Inspire event. Three is a good number.
-Prepare questions that they want to ask and practice asking them.
-Create an elevator pitch—a statement that explains why they are interested in a company or a job and what they have to offer, and helps to connect them with the company volunteers.
-Express their expectations of the upcoming event.
Students engaged with business volunteers to learn about skills that will be in demand when they graduate. Students participate in hands-on activities, often using actual equipment or tools the businesses' employees use on the job.
-Understand courses they need to take in high school.
-Understand options for post-secondary education.
-Learn about specific careers and the opportunities they present.
-Understand how to chart a clear pathway to a career.
-Become excited for their futures.
Students reflect on what they have learned and identify next steps to further define their academic choices and career paths.
-Evaluate personal goals and priorities based on their experience at the JA Inspire event.
-Identify next steps, including exploration of high school coursework and other research.
-Understand relevant business communication practices.