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JA Inspire

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up to participate?

You can sign-up to participate here, by filling out this form.

What are the hours of the live event?

The live event will be held from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with tech support and support from the JA team.

How many classes can I enroll?

You can enroll as many classes and students as you’d like, there’s no limit!

Do we have to attend the Virtual Fair on a certain day?

The live virtual Inspire is scheduled for March 5th, 2021. The event will be accessible for up to 90 days afterwards, but will not involve any live component.

What are the technology requirements for this event?

Check with your school’s technology department to be sure there are no firewalls for students and teachers to be able to access vFairs, YouTube, or Vimeo; please ensure that students will have access to the internet at home if they will be attending the virtual fair at home; be sure that your school will have the bandwidth support for the students to access the platform in school. Also be sure that your students have headphones on the day of the event. The vFairs platform can be accessed by any computer, tablet, or smartphone.

What type of training and support will be provided to educators leading up to the event?

JA Dallas staff will be available to schedule and run a training for educators to prepare them for the Inspire event. The training will consist of the virtual platform layout and how to navigate the virtual platform, as well as the virtual curriculum and self-guided activities.

How long will training take?

The training will be virtual and depending upon how many educators attend each training and number of questions, plan to be available for 30 mins- 1 hour.

Current Training Dates:

  • 10am – 11:30am on January 15, 2021
  • 10am – 11:30am on January 22, 2021
  • 2pm – 3:30pm on February 3, 2021

Will there be a cost associated with schools attending?

There is no cost to educators and students.

Will there be any lessons for the students to complete prior to attending the virtual fair?

Yes, there are 5 self guided lessons and 1 de-brief lesson for the students to complete independently.

How will the lessons be accessed and delivered?

The lessons will be accessed via the JA Learning Platform, with fillable PDF’s, assessments, and activities for the students to complete.

What type of activities will be included in the curriculum that will help prepare the students for the day of the event?

Activities that will be included are: Career and Skills Assessment; Resume Writing tips; how to create an elevator pitch; ability to explore career clusters and high growth high demand careers.

Will students need support from teachers when completing the activities?

The activities have been developed for the students to complete independently, however teachers can provide support for students as needed.

What type of support will be available on the day of the event?

There will be a JA Information Booth for technical support, as well as email communication to help educators and students who have technical issues.

 

What type of experiences should the students expect on the day of the event?

Students will have the opportunity to visit and meet with exhibitors and will be able to engage in one on one discussions with exhibitors, create a virtual backpack to add pdf documents and links for videos that employers will offer at their booths, participate in gamification and a scavenger hunt, as well as attend career information webinars in the auditorium.

Will students be expected to log onto the virtual platform?

Yes. Teachers will be responsible for providing JA Dallas staff with student rosters to generate logins, and for giving directions on how to log-on to the required websites JA Inspire Virtual requires.

 

Will the students be limited to the number of interactions/booths they go to?

No, there will not be limitations on the amount of booths/interactions they have.

Will the students be able to have live conversations with employers?

No, there will not be limitations on the amount of booths/interactions they have.

EXHIBITORS

What is JA Inspire?

JA Inspire Virtual is a coalition of educators and industry leaders, led by Junior Achievement. At the center of our work is a powerful, massive virtual career exploration event that will be measured in student engagement and impact. 

All students will participate in classroom curriculum before and after the event. This capstone experience is designed as an interactive, hands-on, career exploration for 8th-12th grade students.

The event will feature a showcase of careers held at local businesses, non-profits, government agencies, and educational organizations. Exhibits will include interactive career stations with mentors who will share their career advice with the students and will engage students with equipment, technology, and the opportunity to “step into the shoes” of individuals representing the many industries here in Dallas.

When is JA Inspire?

JA Inspire is March 5, 2021 from 8:30am-4:30pm CST.

Who participates in JA Inspire?

8th-12th grade students and educators from Dallas-area schools, as well as exhibitors from Dallas’ high-wage/high-growth industries.

What are the hours for the live event?

The live event will be held from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, with tech support and support from the JA team.

Is there a guide for putting together a virtual booth?

Yes, please see here.

Who do I contact if I have addtitional questions?

Contact Jordyn Singer, Virtual Implementation Manager at [email protected]

How do I set up my virtual exhibit booth?

After your organization registers to participate, your contact person will receive login credentials to the build their vFairs booth. It is important to build your virtual booth in order of the steps presented.

Standard booth sizes are up to four panels and oversized which are 5-7 panels. To see an overview of building your booth click here.

If you do not have enough information to fill a standard booth, which includes four panels, please use a smaller booth.

We recommend before you begin building your booth, determine what materials you would like to upload and organize them by topic.  Files can include documents and images or link up to YouTube and Vimeo videos. When you upload, the files will appear on your page in the order they are uploaded. After upload, they will be renamed as a vFairs file. Please highlight the file and rename it something which will be easy for students to identify. An example would be files loaded and renamed like this:

Surgeon careers, Job description
Surgeon careers, Education requirements
Surgeon careers, A day in the life
Surgeon video: Open heart procedure

Phlebotomist, Job descriptions
Phlebotomist, Education
Phlebotomist, A day in the life

What are some of the questions students may ask me, or what kind of information should my booth provide?

  • What kind of skills do I need to work at your business?

→ soft skills -- team work, responsibility, initiative, leadership

→ technical skills -- math, information technology, etc.

  • Are there any educational requirements for the job? (diploma, degree, etc.)
  • How much money do positions in your field make?

→ Offer an annual salary or hourly range roles.

As an Exhibitor, how can I engage the students with a virtual booth?

Students will form their first impression of your business (and perhaps your industry), based on the materials you post to your virtual booth. The more visual your materials, the better!

Video tours of your organization and visual models of products, pdfs of catalogs and brochures or games about your business will motivate students to use the chat option to ask more questions of those staffing your booth.

We recommend using materials that are not heavy in text, but rather ones that use bullet points and links to additional information.  This will allow students to be exposed to a vast amount of information throughout their experience at the career exploration event without being overwhelmed. Any time an image can be used to illustrate something in your industry, it is recommended to use it.

 If you have the time to create an industry term crossword or word search. This can be a fun takeaway for students to put into their virtual backpacks.

If you would like to provide giveaways, you may consider providing students with coupons or gift card downloads.