JA Inspire Education Resources


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JA Inspire is a collaboration between educators and industry leaders led by Junior Achievement of South Dakota. JA Inspire is a career-based event filled with learning experiences that are designed by individual industry teams to align with what the industry will need from its future employees. Unlike traditional career fairs, the students do the interviewing rather than the employer. They ask questions of volunteers from local businesses and learn about skills that will be in demand when they graduate. They participate in hands-on activities, often using actual equipment or tools used on a job. The event is designed to transform students' abstract ideas about work into tangible ambitions and plans, and to build their soft skills. 


When: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Where: Sioux Falls Convention Center 

  • Hands-on, Career Exploration
  • 3,000+ 8th Grade Students
  • 100+ South Dakota companies representing high-demand careers who will share career advice and engage students with interactive exhibits 
  • Post-Secondary Education Opportunities in SD    

 Curriculum Resources: 

Videos (JA of South Dakota would like to thank JA of Kentuckiana for the professional development of these videos!) 

     Video:  Developing a Career Plan
     Video: Interacting to Learn
     Video: Asking the Right Questions


     JA My Way
     SD Department of Labor - 30 Hot Careers
     Bureau of Labor Statistics

Mapping out your plan

    Featured Career Stations

2019 Participating Schools:

Over 3,000 8th grade students will be participating in the event.

Axtell Park School
Baltic Middle School
Canton Middle School
Dell Rapids Middle School
Edison Middle School
George McGovern Middle School
Harrisburg North Middle School
Harrisburg South Middle School
Lennox Middle School
Memorial Middle School
McCrossan's Boys Ranch School
O'Gorman Junior High
Parker Junior High
Patrick Henry Middle School
Sioux Falls Christian Middle School
Sioux Falls Lutheran
Tea Area Middle School
West Central Middle School
Whittier Middle School

2019 Sponsorships

JA would like to extend a special thank you to the partners below who helped make JA Inspire possible! 

Title Sponsor:

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Major Sponsors:


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**Additional sponsors will be added to the below lists as they are secured in the coming weeks.  If you are interested in participating in the event, please contact the JA Office at jasd@ja.org or 605-336-7318.  

Education Stations
Augustana University
Career & Technical Education Academy
Dakota State University
Lake Area Technical Institute
Southeast Technical Institute
South Dakota State University
University of Sioux Falls
University of South Dakota

Career Stations
Ag United for SD
Allen Edge Real Estate Team

Architecture Incorporated
Associated General Contractors of South Dakota
Augustana Univeristy - Excercise and Sport Sciences
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire
Citigroup Inc.
City of Sioux Falls - IT Department
City of Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation
City of Sioux Falls Public Works
Cutler Law Firm, LLP
Dacotah Bank
DJ Jer
Dorsey & Whitney Trust Company
Eide Bailly, LLP
First Bank & Trust
First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
Gage Brothers Concrete Products
Great Western Bank
Hefty Seed Company
Home 2 (Brandt Hospitality Group)
Home Builder's Association
Howe, Inc.
Journey Group
Lewis Drug
Howalt-McDowl Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency
Metro Communications - 911
Montgomery's Furniture Gallery
Neighborhood Dental
Raven Industries
Sammons Financial Group
Sanford Health
Scheels All Sports
SD ProStart - SDRA
Showplace Wood Products
Sioux Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sioux Falls Development Foundation
Sioux Falls Education Association
Sioux Falls Finance Department
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue
Sioux Falls Ford Lincoln
Sioux Falls Police Department
Siouxland Libraries
South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions
South Dakota State - Ag & Biosystems Engineering Department
South Dakota Trucking Association
Southeastern Direction for Life
Tea Storm Chasers
The Diamond Room
The First National Bank in Sioux Falls
Vermeer Freeman Manufacturing
Weisser Distributing
Wells Fargo
Woods, Fuller, Shultz, and Smith, PC


  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -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

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