About the Program
JA Inspire is more than a career fair: It brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their future—high school, college, and careers beyond. During the JA Inspire expo, students participate in hands-on activities, often using equipment or tools used on a job. The multi-hour experience is configurable to align with local industry and career opportunities.
JA Inspire is recommended for 6th to 8th grades. It’s a volunteer-led and educator-led program that can be classroom-based, remote-live, or after-school. The program is both classroom and event-based and consists of three segments: in-class sessions presented by the classroom teacher, the hands-on JA Inspire expo, and an in-class debrief.
This program can be combined with JA Inspire Virtual to meet the needs of educators, students, and volunteers.
The students are introduced to JA Inspire. By closely examining specific skills and career clusters, they learn the key factors to investigate career planning, skills, interests, work priorities, and job outlooks.
The students will refine a plan for the event. Encourage students to spend additional time outside class researching the participating companies, if possible.
At JA Inspire, local business teams offer learning experiences designed to show students what they will need from future employees. The event transforms students’ abstract ideas about work into tangible ambitions and plans.
The students will reflect on what they have learned and identify the next steps to further define their academic choices and career paths.