View below for more details about our upcoming virtual workshops for students, educators, and volunteers!
Date: June 4 & 5
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.
Upcoming Dates & Topics
- March 30th, 2-3pm: Becoming a Leader (Celebrating Women’s History Month!)
- April 6th, 2-3pm: Executive Career Panel
- April 13th, 2-3pm: Goal Setting for Success
- April 20th, 2-3pm: Networking with Confidence
- April 27th, 2-3pm: Financial Empowerment
- April 27th, 4-5pm: Special Session with CNBC: Professional Business Communication
- May 4th, 2-3pm: Ace the Interview
- May 11th, 2-3pm: Women in STEM
- May 25th, 2-3pm: Executive Career Panel
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 can register for any of the hour long sessions, held Tuesdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Volunteer orientation is provided.
Spring Series kicks off March 30 with a special session celebrating Women’s History Month! Students in grades 8-12 can register for any of the weekly sessions. Volunteer mentors inspire and empower students with career advice and coach them through virtual activities that build confidence and leadership skills.
JA Inspire Virtual Career Expo / May 20, 2021
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.
April sessions will take place on Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 2:00pm
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.
- Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 | 3-5 PM EST
- Saturday, June 19th, 2021 | 3-5 PM EST
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!