For students looking to change their future, Junior Achievement provides an answer

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Fresh Path participants at JA Reverse Job Shadow on June 17.

We teamed up with FreshMinistries back in April for JA Reverse Job Shadow, but June 17 let us become involved for the first time with their newest program, Fresh Path.

Fresh Path is an opportunity for core-city youth to change their future by providing them with life-skills, job training and health, wellness and nutrition education.

Some people might look at these young people and see a challenging road ahead; FreshMinistries decided to do something about it and Fresh Path was born.

On this balmy summer evening, eight JA volunteers gathered at FreshMinistries’ Weaver Center for Community Outreach to bring JA Reverse Job Shadow to the Fresh Path participants.

Each volunteer took a table and set out materials related to their job. The students gathered towards the back of the room, waiting for a couple more to arrive before starting. Many looked down at their phones with headphones on that drowned out the rest of the room.

At 6:15 p.m. the event began. The students would spend eight minutes at each station then rotate to the next. The volunteer-to-student ratio worked out so the students could talk one-on-one with each professional, with one table having two students.

Just a few minutes in, the room had an elevated energy about it. Students were making eye contact, asking questions, smiling and looking like they were enjoying themselves. When “time” was called, no student was quick to get up and move because they were so engaged in conversation.

“A little light bulb seemed to go off in each of them,” said Don Covey, retired financial professional. “I think the most rewarding part of the evening was that each person I listened to seemed to understand that hard work and education will be the key to their success.”

“Ryan and I were impressed with the way they handled themselves and showed interest in what we had to say,” said Kaytee Esser, Gilbane Building Company. “I hope that they all aim high and trust that they can reach their dreams and beyond. They have a lot to offer the world. I am looking forward to what they bring to the future.”

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Sonya Snyder, Jacksonville Business Journal

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Don Covey, retired financial professional

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Ryan Sitnik and Kaytee Esser, Gilbane Southeast

We would like to thank the following volunteers for participating in this event:

Don Covey – Retired, Finance
Michael Dwyer – Primerica Financial
Kaytee Esser, Ryan Sitnik – Gilbane Southeast
Mark Ross – U.S. Navy
Rachael Sellers – PWC
Sonya Snyder – Jacksonville Business Journal
Howard Taylor – Retired, Insurance
Daniel Young – PA Worldwide Inc.

You can view all the photos from this event in our Facebook photo album.

Click here to learn more about FreshMinistries’ Fresh Path program.

JA Reverse Job Shadow introduces students to careers by bringing the real world to their schools or community sites. To learn more about this unique program and how you can get involved, please click here.

Sandalwood High School seniors experience JA Job Shadow at the Microsoft Store

Twenty-one seniors from Sandalwood High School visited the Microsoft Store at St. Johns Town Center today for JA Job Shadow. Prior to their visit they completed classroom lessons about resumes, job hunting and career exploration.

Today they experienced those concepts first-hand when they interacted with Microsoft store employees, learning about the jobs and careers available at Microsoft and what it takes to successfully land a job.

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An ice breaker activity had each student name their favorite cereal, car, and ideal career. Several students expressed an interest in the technology field as a career – making their experience at the Microsoft store that much more beneficial.

The students learned about the different store positions and qualities Microsoft looks for in employees. Even if they are not interested in a career with Microsoft, the students were able to understand the importance of team work in any workplace.

For the students who were unsure about which career to pursue, the Microsoft employees inspired them to seek careers associated with what they’re interested in.

To round out their visit to the Microsoft store the students had the opportunity to demo the latest phones, tablets and Xbox games.

To learn more about JA Job Shadow please visit our website.

Junior Achievement brings Career Day to Fletcher High

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JAX Chamber Beaches Division and Junior Achievement host JA Career Day for the Interact Club at Fletcher High School

Over 45 Fletcher High School students explored career options and started planning for their future during JA Career Day on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. In its third year, JA Career Day is held by the JAX Chamber Beaches Division in partnership with Fletcher High School’s Interact Club and Junior Achievement.

Support from the Hayes Family Foundation made possible the day’s activities. Fifteen professionals spanning career fields from Void Magazine, advertising, professional writers, IT, insurance, finance, banking, Shore Things retail shop, criminal defense, Nova Southeastern University and the military came out to serve as mentors, sharing career advice and answering job-related questions to help prepare high schools students for the road ahead.

Each business professional was assigned a table at which students conducted “reverse interviews” asking questions about job responsibilities, what a typical day is like and how much education is required to work in that field. After approximately ten minutes students rotated tables, allowing them to interview a diverse group of representatives from businesses and discover jobs they may one day be interested in working.

“With over 45 students in attendance, we can confidently say that this year’s event was our best ever!” exclaimed Amanda Patch, Manager, Beaches Division, JAX Chamber.

The number of students participating in JA Career Day doubled from last year. Jenny McKeithen of BB&T and Karen Hughes of SunTrust Bank, both of JAX Beaches Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement, helped organize this event in which students learn the importance of decision making and setting goals.

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