JA Career Bound

JA Career Bound students build work-ready skills, gain knowledge of local industries and offer businesses a fresh perspective on problems they need to solve.

Preparing Youth For The Workforce To Be Successful

Timeline for JA Career Bound Re-imagined:
7 Full-Day Sessions, Meeting Once Per Month November 2021-May 2022

During the Program, Students Will:

  • Collaborate with their peers to participate in case challenges throughout the school year with host companies to help them solve real world problems within their business.
  • Participate in engaging Industry Days where executives share pathways to career success and provide guided mentorship.
  • Build strong workforce skills, learn interviewing techniques, resume writing and soft skills through project-based learning.
  • Have summer internship opportunities and be able to earn one school credit upon completion of the program.

Benefit for Teachers:
Teachers will be able to develop relationships with local businesses and learn the latest industry trends.

While gaining knowledge of several local industries, JA Career Bound Students will partner with a host business that will present a problem for the students to solve. Using project-based learning, students develop innovative ideas while working collaboratively to solve the presented business challenge.

During the student industry tour, the host businesses facilitate the launch of the case challenge and ensure understanding of the task, serve as a mentor coach to assist the students through their research, analysis, and/or through their solution creation. The host company will evaluate student presentations, provide feedback and select a winning team during the Case Challenge Showcase.

Concepts Covered:

  • Character development
  • Career preparation
  • Employer expectations
  • Ethics
  • Job application
  • Job interview
  • Positive attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Making a good impression
  • Manners
  • Relationships with others
  • Self-motivation
  • Workplace behavior and productivity
  • Workplace communication

Program Skills:

  • Active listening
  • Analyzing and applying information
  • Collaboration
  • Critical observation
  • Decision-making
  • Demonstrating soft skills in a mock interview
  • Evaluating alternatives
  • Oral and written communication
  • Presenting information
  • Role-playing
  • Self-evaluation
  • Working in teams
  • Weighing consequences of personal behavior

JA Career Bound has motivated me to one day start and manage my own personal business using the many tools and skills I learned while in the program. I am better prepared for today’s workforce! Program days, including my favorite visiting Celebrity Cruises, introduced us to career opportunities within the various industries.

Kaleb Saintil, 11th Grade

This has been made possible by support from the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:  Peter J. and Mary C. Barbare Fund; Rick and Rita Case Fund; Frederick W. Jaqua Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

For more information about the JA Career Bound program, contact Milenis Johancsik at Milenis@JASouthFlorida.org.

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