Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian:

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What is JA Inspire?

The JA Inspire program is a combination of educators and industry leaders, led by Junior Achievement of Rhode Island, working to provide RI’s 8th grade students with hands-on experiences in considering careers, especially high-wage/high-demand careers in Rhode Island. 

As your student starts to explore high school and higher education options, the JA Inspire program will help showcase the opportunities that are waiting for them when they complete their education. This program is designed to help your student create a pathway for success.

The program consists of four 45-minute, in-class career awareness sessions that have been specifically designed to raise student’s awareness and excitement about high paying careers in Rhode Island.  They include a personality quiz that will inform them of jobs and industries that match their test results, research on RI’s high-wage/high-demand industries, and an activity about the soft skills that employers will be looking for.  As part of the in-class curriculum, your student will be bringing home a letter that includes some results from his/her personality and career interest survey. Students will also be given an Extended Learning Activity where they are asked to interview an adult about their job.

Next, your student will participate in a Career Exploration Fair where he/she will interact with at least 5 of the more than 30 exhibitors on hand that include representatives from RI’s high wage/high/growth employers, high school/career and tech centers, skilled trades, colleges and universities and others.  Students will interview and ask questions of the exhibitors and participate in hands-on activities related to the job of the exhibitor’s industry. Students will have 90-minutes to complete their interviews and then return to school and complete a reflection activity.

Here are some tools that are available to help you as a parent/guardian assist in your students’ education and career planning:

Truity Career Profiler - www.japrofile.org
This site has been developed especially for participants in the Junior Achievement career preparation programs. Here, you can take a fun and informative career assessment that matches you with your top interest areas while filtering out careers in areas that you have little or no interest in. The assessment takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

Career Cluster/Industry Research - www.onetonline.org
The O*NET Program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. It has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

Career and College Planning - https://secure.waytogori.org
WaytogoRI.org is Rhode Island’s source for high school planning, college, financial aid planning and career planning. Users can create a free account for career exploration, high school planning, and college information.

College Planning Center of Rhode Island - www.risla.com/college-planning-center
The College Planning Center is in the Warwick Mall and other satellite locations in RI. It offers FREE services in college planning, reviewing college essays, scholarship searches, financial aid  and guidance with applying for financial aid, comparing financial aid awards, financing options and events and seminars.

JA USA Program Supplements - www.ja.org
JA USA program supplements are available to JA Areas, teachers, volunteers and parents for use with all JA programming to extend and enhance the JA experience for students. These supplements provide students with additional information, learning opportunities, and experiences that support their understanding of JA's curriculum.