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INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JA) will kick off its fifth annual JA JobSpark Initiative during a local breakfast and presentation on December 17th at the Ivy Tech Culinary School. JA JobSpark is a two-day, hands on career expo for eighth grade students that culminates after weeks of JA curriculum taught in the classroom. Since its inception in 2016, the program has “sparked” career interests in more than 36,000 local students from over 70 schools across central Indiana. The Kick-Off Breakfast for 2020 will also celebrate the commitment and collaboration between educators and industry professionals who are dedicated to preparing our future workforce and addressing expected talent shortages facing Indiana.

Media are invited to attend and the President and CEO of JA, Jennifer Burk, will be available for on-site interviews.

WHAT: JA JobSpark Celebration and 2020 Kick-Off Breakfast

WHEN: December 17, 2019

8:00 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast and Networking

8:30 am – 9:30 am: Special Guest Speakers

9:30 am – 10:30 am: Volunteer Breakout Sessions

WHERE: Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center

2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

WHO: Speakers/Performers at the JA JobSpark 2020 Kick-Off Breakfast include (in order):

  • Edison School of the Arts Children’s Choir
  • Elias Merzoug, JA Student and Master of Ceremonies
  • Jennifer Burk, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana
  • Aleesia Johnson, Superintendent, Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Benjamin Carter, Director of Workforce and Innovation, Indiana Department of Education
  • PJ McGrew, Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, State of Indiana
  • Matt Koscal, Senior Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer, Republic Airways
  • Don Steffy, Executive Director, Indianapolis Children’s Choir

VISUALS: More than 150 community leaders will join at the breakfast to support this workforce readiness initiative and over 50 choir students from Edison School of the Arts will be performing.

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About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their future success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster career exploration, work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy skills. JA’s experiential learning inspires kids to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement of Central Indiana helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA sparks students to develop competitive skills and confidence.

Media Contact:

Kacy Wendling, Director of Development
Junior Achievement of Central Indiana
765-376-9761
kacy@jaindy.org

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