Junior Achievement's Day Of Service With The Hartford At High School Inc.

Hartford, CT — The Hartford observed the anniversary of 9/11 by taking part in the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Friday, September 11, 2011. The National Day of Service and Remembrance marks the start of The Hartford’s Annual Giving Campaign, in partnership with United Way. More than 1,400 employees are participating in over 155 service projects in local communities across the country. One of these service projects in the Hartford area is bringing Junior Achievement program, JA Career Ready to High School Inc. in Hartford on Wednesday September 28th. Nicole Diorio, Senior Specialty & Digital Education Manager at Junior Achievement of Southwest New England will be participating alongside The Hartford employees and teaching students about getting ready for their futures from the experiences of professionals at The Hartford.

Topics will be around researching job opportunities that correlate with personal interests and skills, and the application process, including resume-writing and interviewing. The activities and curriculum for this program are adapted from another JA program, JA Job Shadow, which is designed to help students be prepared for a corporate site visit. When Junior Achievement and The Hartford visit High School Inc.on September 28th, volunteer groups of 2-3 will be placed in a classroom that reflects their individual background or career and will complete discussions and activities with a class of 20-25 students.

Volunteers will begin part one of their day to discuss the first three of the Seven Steps to Get Hired and Succeed, which includes researching jobs that align with individual skills and interests, acquiring the education and skills needed to pursue those careers, and building a positive and strong personal brand. During part two of the day, students will learn about job exploration, the application process, interviewing, and succeeding at work by being professional and ethical. The students will also be given a blank resume, of which the volunteers will help them complete. After the resume is filled out, the students will create an elevator pitch that will present their personal brand and can be used in networking opportunities. The volunteers will lead mock-interviews with their group of students, asking sample questions and providing feedback on responses. The day will conclude after all of the volunteers and students have participated in the mock-interviews and students have received feedback.

To find out more information on Junior Achievement, JA programs or how you can volunteer please contact President and CEO Jeremy Race at jrace@jaconn.org or by phone 860-525-4510 ex 224.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.6 million students per year in 112 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.6 million students served by operations in 121 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

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