View below for more details about our upcoming virtual workshops for students, educators, and volunteers!
HackJA is a twenty-four-hour round-the-clock innovative program that tests students’ IT and computer science skills. A two-pronged competition planned by high school students for high school students, HackJA challenges participants to work in teams to compete in various computer science challenges. The presence of corporate mentors in this exciting environment provides students the guidance they need to perfect their projects while imagining their future in a STEM career.
Volunteer Role: Volunteers serve as mentors, guiding students through their final projects, and talking through their career paths. This 24-hour, high impact experience includes multiple volunteer sessions with different activities that work to inspire students in their career path.
This collaborative, virtual series inspires the next generation of female leaders and brings professional women from a variety of career stages and backgrounds and high school girls across NJ together to share advice, learn new skills, and set goals for the future. Volunteer mentors inspire and empower students with career advice and coach them through virtual activities that build confidence and leadership skills. Volunteers and students can register for any of the hour long sessions.
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Virtual Sessions -
Financial Literacy, Career Readiness, and Key Skills for Success
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 2-3:30pm
The 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standard 9 – Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills takes on new meaning as NJ’s economic landscape and labor markets shift. Participants will have a greater understanding of the framework, disciplinary concepts, and core ideas of the revised NJ Student Learning Standard 9; the Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills Practices, and learn practical strategies for meeting these standards in a virtual or in-person setting. There is no cost to participate.
The Collaborative Workshop includes interactive breakout sessions that bring New Jersey educators and industry leaders together for discussions on how to prepare your students for tomorrow’s workforce, with opportunities to network and share best practices. Plus, we’ll walk you through JA’s hands-on learning experiences and curriculum that meets NJSLS-CLKS standards and how to implement them in your classroom at no cost to your district.
JA Inspire Virtual Career Expo
Imagine being a middle or high school student walking into a virtual convention center, with a lobby, auditorium keynote speaker, and an exhibit hall filled with virtual exhibit booths representing NJ companies, across a variety of career industries. At the JA Virtual Inspire Career Expo, thousands of young people will “visit” booths to learn about companies, career opportunities and their pathways, culture, and more to see what it is like to be a part of your world of work. As they visit the booths, students will be able to “chat” with volunteers through a virtual chat functionality to hear your story, job, and learn about the skills you find to be important in your career. Students will walk away inspired and understanding the connection between what they are learning in school to their futures!
Virtual Volunteer Role: As students are “visiting” your company booth, they will be prepared and encouraged to ask virtual volunteers questions about their careers through the digital platform’s chat box. Volunteers will spend time answering questions, sharing about your organization, and the career opportunities available.
Fireside Chats are a flexible way for volunteers to talk about their careers & how they got to where they are (all levels & career backgrounds are welcome!). Videos can be done solo or with a JA Program Manager, who schedules “Fireside Chat” conversations for folks interested in being interviewed to create short, sweet & meaningful videos to inspire students from a distance. Videos are uploaded to JANJ’s YouTube video library showcasing employers & opportunities in NJ, and used to enhance JA programs.
Upcoming Sessions - TBD
From student loans and credit card debt to building and maintaining a budget, young adults deal with financial challenges affecting their generation in unique ways. Using the JA Finance Park curriculum, these interactive webinars address financial issues that are very specific for young adults and offers ideas for preventing and addressing financial problems. The sessions will host special guests and bring NJ student and professional mentors from a variety of career stages and backgrounds together to share financial advice, learn new budgeting & saving skills, and build a strong foundation for wise financial decisions for the rest of their lives.
All virtual session content is derived from JA Finance Park, a program recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as their premier financial education curriculum of choice. Sessions are collaborative with activities and lessons used from JA Finance Park and will include polls, quizzes, chat box activities, breakout rooms and panel discussions.
Crack the Code is a series of free virtual coding workshops for middle school students to introduce or further the principles of Computer Science, Web Development, Cybersecurity and more. We hope to inspire the younger generation to pursue careers in different technology fields through hands-on experience and mentorship. Sign up to participate or volunteer today!