JA Inspire | Junior Achievement of OKI Partners

What is Inspire?

Inspire is our area's only large scale, multi-industry, hands on Career Exploration Expo. The program gives ninth grade students the opportunity to try career skills presented by area employers and become inspired by their future opportunities.

Inspire is designed to showcase our region's most in-demand jobs that also pay a self-sustaining wage. Many of the displays spotlight careers most student don't know much about.  The careers span the spectrum from on-the job training right out of high school, to technical training post high school, to a college degree and beyond. They are the positions employers are hiring every day and can't get enough qualified candidates.

In February, 56 organizations presented career displays and nearly 3900 students attended Inspire. Those students left with a better understanding of what they need to do now, and in the future, to pursue the region's hottest jobs.

Inspire is back for 2020. Employers can register now and enjoy Early Bird benefits.


Sixty-seven percent of employers report challenges finding qualified workers for key roles. If you are one of them, what would you tell a 15-year-old about why a career in your industry deserves their attention? Inspire builds a relationship-based pipeline between young people and companies that will need talent when the students complete their education.

How to get involved

Partner with us

Staging an exhibition of this kind will only be possible with the support of corporate and community organizations that believe in the importance of inspiring young people to own their economic success. Sponsors will benefit from association with this important mission through recognition in our advance promotional materials and signage throughout the event. Sponsors also wishing to exhibit as employers, will have prime visibility at the expo.

Several sponsorship levels will be available ranging from $1,000 to $20,000.

Exhibit at our event

We are looking for at least 50 employers excited to bring an interactive example of their work to our expo and engage with their future workforce. Exhibitors will have access to an estimated 5,000 young people and who are actively planning their futures.

Exhibit fees are set to cover our costs. We are also seeking sponsors to underwrite additional event expenses. Sponsorships range from $2,500-$10,000 and include benefits such as larger exhibit space, premium floor placement, marquee signage and advertising in our student guide. Email laura.randall@ja.org for more information.

Exhibit Fees

$1,200 Large company - Includes 10x10 or 10X20 space,1 table, two chairs, 10 amps electric service, free Wi-Fi

$500  Small company or nonprofit (75 or fewer employees) - Includes 10x10 or 10X20 space,1 table, two chairs, 10 amps electric service, free Wi-Fi





Research shows students who feel connected to career goals are more likely to be motivated in the classroom and graduate. Ninth graders can use their Inspire experience to choose relevant electives and hone the academic skills critical for success in their chosen field. Students will also have the information they need to begin planning with their families for the specific post-high school education and work experience employers will require. 

Let Students see themselves in today's hot careers!

JA Inspire is more than a career fair. It brings together the business community and local schools to help launch middle school students into their futures; high school, college, and careers beyond. 

3 Components of the Inspire program

  • JA's career exploration curriculum available to the schools to be presented by the classroom teacher in advance of the expo.
  • Inspire expo event, a 90-minute interactive and hands-on exploration of our region's hot jobs.
  • Post-event career pathway planning available to be completed in the classroom after the event.
WHO: 9th-grade students 
DAYS: March 10 and 11, 2020
TIME: 90-minute intervals starting 8:30 am till 2:00 pm
LOCATION:  Northern Kentucky Convention Center

Student Outcomes

  • Recognize career clusters and potential job positions.
  • Understand the importance of researching the requirements needed to earn a position.
  • Implement job-hunting tools, such as networking, resumes and interviewing skills.
  • Identify the next steps needed for success in their academic and career preparation and acknowledge the importance of decisions made in high school to be better prepared for a successful career path.
  • Communicate and interact with industry professionals.
  • Have a better understanding of their career interests, skills, and work priorities.
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    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student