JA Inspire | Junior Achievement of Western New York

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Where: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center 

 JA Inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures: high school, college, and careers beyond. This event, taking place on April 9, 2019 is expected to attract about 500 Middle school students from WNY.  Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of Career Stations, hear from a panel of business professionals and a keynote speaker, as well as participate in a workshop led by volunteers. 

Event Day Schedule





10:00-10:30 Registration




Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

11:00-11:30 Panel Discussion 


Panel Discussion

11:30-12:15 Workshop


Career Fair

12:30-1:30 Career Fair


Lunch and Dismissal

1:30-2:00 Lunch and Dismissal 







Career Station Participants*: 

AAA of Western & Central NY

General Motors-Lockport

American Apprenticeship Initiative of WNY United Way of BEC

General Motors-Tonawanda


InfoTech Niagara

BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

JPMorgan Chase

Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives (BNSME)

Junior Achievement of WNY

Bryant & Stratton College

LaBella Associates

Buffalo Fire Department

McGard LLC

Buffalo Police Department

NCCC Culinary Institute

Buffalo Zoo

New York Power Authority

Catholic Health

Niagara Falls Air Base

Child & Family Services

Northland Workforce Training Center

Citizens Bank

Power Drives, Inc. 

Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY



Spectrum News

Delta Air Lines


DiVal Safety Equipment, Inc.

Tops Friendly Markets

Elderwood Health Plan

UB School of Pharmacy

Entercom WBEN Radio 930AM 


Erie 1 BOCES, CTE Programs 

West Herr 

Freed Maxick, CPAs 














*Subject to change 

Keynote Speaker: Ram Ramanujam, Plant Manager of General Motors Tonawanda Engine 

Moderated by: Ali Touhey, WKBW

Introduction by: Angela Lavis, JPMorgan Chase


  • Tyrone Allen, Praxair
  • Eric Klinski, UPS
  • Mark Mistriner, NCCC Culinary Institute 
  • Nancy Preskop, Catholic Health
  • Raiyan Siraj, General Motors 
  • Mitchell Vogatsky, General Motors 
  • J.R. Baker, United Auto Workers 774  

Teacher Resources:

Parking Information:

Volunteers, please note you will likely need to pay to park. Visit the BNCC website for parking lot locations around the Convention Center. 

Busses should plan to drop off & pick up at the front doors of the Convention Center. Parking for the busses wont be availalble like we had hoped. Busses can go to the waterfront to park and wait there until the conclusion of the event. We suggest someone from your group exchange cell phone numbers with the bus if possible.

Presented by General Motors Tonawanda and Lockport

Tonawanda and Lockport

Sponsored by: 

Additional Support: 

Citizens Bank

To learn more about event engagement opportunities, please contact Lisa Roy at Lroy@jawny.org or 716-853-1381 etx.212

Please visit our Facebook page for photos from the event! 


  • "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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