Junior Achievement Launches JA Inspire Virtual Career Exposition for North Texas Students

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DALLAS — (March 16, 2021) Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas) launched its first virtual career exposition called JA Inspire Virtual in early March which hosted over 54 businesses in all 16 career clusters and had nearly 14,000 North Texas students enrolled. 52% of those students exhibit life vulnerabilities that may impact their academic success. Educators from 13 different school districts (58 schools represented) signed up for the live, virtual event as part of their school day in order expose 6th- 12th grade students to different career paths and businesses. Using a virtual platform, students were able to access the career exploration event during their 45-90-minute class period.

Students were welcomed by City of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson. Once in the virtual auditorium, attendees could watch videos of the 2021 JA Dallas Business Hall of Fame Laureates: Mark Cuban, Entrepreneur; Valerie Freeman, CEO of Imprimis Group; and Roland Parrish, CEO of Parrish Restaurants, Ltd. Lucy Billingsley, 2008 Laureate and Partner, Billingsley Company, was also featured. In the virtual exhibit hall, students could browse business’ booths, talk to live corporate volunteers, watch videos, and download company career information.

Overall, the JA Inspire Virtual Career Exposition was highly interactive for students, and they left feeling inspired for their future success. The event provided them with the opportunity to explore careers that they may not have imagined, helped influence their dreams, and encouraged further career planning. With about 30,000 booth visits, students were able to watch a wide range of corporate videos and engage in Q&A with corporate volunteers asking 10,500 questions. Students asked questions like what it takes to be in the medical field and how many years of training is needed, what are safety precautions when working in construction, inquired about information for enlisting in the military, and requested details on internships. While visiting each booth, students had a “virtual” backpack in which they could download career information. With more than 20,500 videos watched and 8,000 documents viewed, students were equipped with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed career path decisions. On average, students were able to visit about 9 exhibitor booths during their class period.

JA Company Program students were also featured in the exhibitor hall as they showcased their personal business. Booths included: C-Jeweled, Destinee's Sweets Treats and Events, Kookie's Closet, Styles by Ariel, and Zest of Life With Zara.

JA Company Program teaches middle and high school students the practical skills required to plan, launch, and operate their own business venture within a structured, guided experience. All profits generated by the business benefit the school or designated community organization.

JA Inspire Virtual Sponsors: BKD, LLP, US Navy, U.S. Bank, Data Center Systems, Mr. Cooper and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Companies Featured: AIG, AMN Healthcare, DKD LLP, Blade Craft Barber Academy, Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations, Chick-fil-A, Children’s Health, Citibank, Comerica Bank, Credit Union of Texas, CyberSecurity GameChangers, Dallas Business Journal, Data Center Systems, DHD Films, Electrician On Call, ER Near Me, Ernst & Young LLP, Frost Bank, Grant Thornton LLP, Hiliti North America, Huffines Communities, Imprimis Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co., KPMG US LLP, Learn.Lash.Repeat Training Academy, Makin The World Famous, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Mr. Cooper Group, NorthPark Center, North Texas Automobile Dealers, North Texas Entrepreneur Education and Training Center, North Texas Food Truck Association, Parrish McDonald’s, PlainsCapital Bank, Regions Bank, Rent-A-Center, Seeds to STEM, TaylorCares, TECHNOFRO, The Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders – Children's Health, Travis Manion Foundation, Trio Electric & Trio Education, Truist, Tyson Law Firm, U.S. Bank, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Navy, and Weitzman.

 

To get involved with 2022 JA Inspire, please contact [email protected].

 

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About Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas):

Junior Achievement of Dallas (JA Dallas), a nonprofit organization, impacts the lives of students by teaching life skills in budgeting, careers and business start-ups.  JA Dallas’ mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through volunteer-delivered curriculum. The organization has been in Dallas for more than 65 years and has reached over a million students. JA Dallas is committed to serving students in under-resourced areas to grow diversity, be more inclusive and ensure students have equitable access to JA resources.  Last year, over 4,000 volunteers helped change the lives of Dallas area students through JA programs. Surveys show that students who take JA have a high school graduation rate of 93% compared to 85% for the general population and 67% have an advanced post-secondary degree.

To learn more about JA Dallas, please visit http://jadallas.org.