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Posted on March 8th, 2019 in Events, Speaking Engagements Tags:

A group of young adults learned about the realities of “being your own boss” at an entrepreneur panel at the Pivot Re-engagement Center at the Finish Line Boys & Girls Club on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis. Check out the highlight video to see some of the top takeaways, and click on the image below the video to view the program and learn more about the panelists.

Click to view the event program and learn more about the panelists


Posted on November 16th, 2018 in Uncategorized Tags:

This week celebrates and acknowledges the advantages of apprenticeship in preparing a skilled workforce as National Apprenticeship Week, during a season when we annually reflect on appreciation and thankfulness. For these reasons, EmployIndy would like to dedicate our November newsletter to acknowledging the employer leaders of our community who invest in the continuum of work-based learning for youth and adults alike.

JAG students explore AT&T on a business tour

Learners and workers of all ages benefit from the exposure and engagement that work-based learning offers through exploration like job shadowing and business tours, development of soft skills through youth employment, and career pathway advancement through apprenticeship and on-the-job training.

EmployIndy is grateful to the organizations listed below who have invested in preparing students and workers for careers across diverse industries through programs like Project Indy, Jobs for America’s Graduates, Employ Up, and more.

Employers interested in learning more about how to engage in preparing talent by providing work experience or work-based training can learn more and connect to our Business Solutions professionals here.

  • 1st Maker Space, LLC
  • 21st Century Scholars/Commission on Higher Education
  • 250ok
  • 317Grow LLC
  • A Classic Party Rental
  • A&I Variety Meats and Produce
  • AAR Corp.
  • AccelaWork
  • Act Six
  • Adult & Child
  • Allied Solutions, LLC
  • Allied Universal
  • Ambassadors of Hope
  • Anderson University
  • Aprimo
  • Army National Guard
  • Asante Children’s Theater
  • AT&T
  • Aubry Lane
  • Avian Exotic Animal Clinic
  • Axia Technology Partners
  • B & W Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc.
  • Ball State University
  • Bethel Family Worship Center
  • Biltwell Event Center & Hoaglin Catering
  • Bitwise Solutions, Inc.
  • BoxCrush, Inc
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
  • BrightView Landscape Services LLC
  • Brightwood Community Center
  • Brookside Community Development Center
  • Build Your Future Indiana
  • Butler University
  • C&W Commercial Cleaning LLC
  • Caplinger’s Fresh Catch Seafood Market
  • Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation
  • Carpenters Union
  • CECO Environmental – Dean Pump
  • Center for Leadership Development
  • Center of Wellness for Urban Women
  • Central State University
  • Certell
  • Christ Temple Christian Academy
  • Christel House Schools
  • Christian Theological Seminary
  • CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions
  • Cindy’s Center for Young Learners
  • City of Indianapolis
  • Clean for Green
  • Clear View Products LLC
  • Clothing Store
  • Cloud City Youth
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
  • ComForCare Home Care
  • Commercial Glass LLC
  • Community Action of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE)
  • Community Health Network
  • Conexus Indiana
  • Continental Inc
  • Crew Carwash
  • Crossroads Education, LLC
  • CSpring
  • Cunningham Restaurant Group
  • Custom Exteriors, Inc.
  • D1 The Factory
  • Decatur Central High School
  • Decatur Township
  • Decatur Township Fire Department
  • Decatur Veterinary Clinic
  • Deck, LLC
  • DELTA Services, Inc.
  • Diabetes Youth Foundation of Indiana
  • Domestic Violence Network
  • Dove House
  • Dr. Rob Bell
  • Duke Training Institute
  • Dungarvin
  • Early Learning Indiana
  • Edna Martin Christian Center
  • Electrician’s Union
  • Eleven Fifty Academy
  • Elite Senior Living
  • Elwood Staffing Services Inc.
  • Empire Beauty School
  • EmployBridge
  • Eric Jones Jr. Speaks
  • Eskenazi Health
  • Eway Foundation Inc.
  • Exploring
  • Fairbanks Hospital
  • Faith & Goodness – McDonalds Corp
  • Fanimation, Inc.
  • Fastenal
  • FatStax
  • Faye Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center
  • FedEx
  • FedEx Express
  • FedEx Ground
  • Finish Line
  • First Call Staffing
  • Five Star Hospitality And Event Staffing
  • Flanner House
  • Franciscan Health Central Indiana
  • Franklin College
  • Franklin University
  • Freewheelin’
  • Funtime entertainment
  • Furtrieve
  • Genesys
  • Geodis
  • George Washington Community High School
  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
  • Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana, Inc.
  • Greenix Pest Control
  • Greenlight Guru
  • Groundwork Indy
  • Habitat for Humanity of Indiana
  • hc1
  • Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County
  • Health & Science Innovations
  • Herron Morton Organics
  • High School Construction Roundtable
  • Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School
  • IBEW 481
  • Iconic Digital Marketing
  • Ideavize
  • iLAB
  • In Search of Technology
  • IN-KY-OH Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Indiana Black Expo, Inc.
  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD)
  • Indiana Latino Institute
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy North
  • Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
  • Indiana Plan
  • Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana Tech
  • Indiana University
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Fire Department
  • Indianapolis Indians
  • Indianapolis Marion County Building Authority
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Indianapolis Public Library
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Indianapolis Zoo
  • Indy Imaging, Inc.
  • Indy Parks & Recreation
  • IndyGo
  • IndyHumane
  • Innovate WithIN
  • Insanitek Research and Development
  • International Business College
  • InvestEd
  • IPATH
  • IUPUI
  • Ivy Tech Community College
  • iwis drive systems, LLC
  • Jameson Camp
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • JobsCorp
  • Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza
  • John Boner Neighborhood Centers
  • Juice Bar
  • Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc.
  • Just Shred
  • JVM Realty
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
  • Kelly Services
  • Krieg DeVault
  • Kroger
  • LEI Home Enhancements
  • LandWorx Engineering
  • Level 365
  • LGC Hospitality Staffing
  • Lincoln Tech
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • LSC Communications
  • Luna Language Services
  • Mainscape Inc
  • Marion County Commission on Youth
  • Marion County Sheriff’s Office
  • Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center
  • Matchbook Creative
  • MBC Staffing
  • McDonald’s
  • Medxcel
  • Methodist Sports Medicine
  • Metropolitan Indianapolis Central Indiana Area Health Education Center
  • Mike Green Lawn Care
  • Minority Health Coalition of Marion County
  • Minority Tobacco Awareness
  • Monarch Beverage Company & EF Transit
  • Netlink Inc
  • New Beginnings Computer Training
  • NorthCentral High School
  • Office of Congressman Andre Carson
  • Omni Severin Hotel
  • Overdose Lifeline
  • PACE, Inc.
  • Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  • Pathway Resource Center
  • Peace Learning Center
  • Peerview Data
  • Planned Parenthood
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Portillo’s Restaurant
  • Powderkeg
  • Professional Staff Management, Inc.
  • Progressive Design Apparel
  • Purdue University and Purdue Extension
  • Rahvy R. Murray Insurance Agency, Inc. (State Farm)
  • RCR Technology
  • Reach for Youth
  • Regions Bank
  • Saddlebrook Golf Club
  • Safe Recruiter Solutions
  • Securitas Security Company
  • Serve Indiana/Public Allies
  • Sharpen Technologies
  • Sheraton Circle Centre
  • Silverback
  • Site Strategics
  • Six Feet Up
  • Southeast Community Services
  • SouthPaw Catering
  • Spaceport Indiana
  • Spherion Staffing
  • SpringHill
  • St. Vincent Hospital
  • Starbucks
  • State Farm
  • Stop the Violence Indianapolis
  • Subway restaurant
  • Suzy Q Cleaning Service LLC
  • Synapse Sitters
  • Tangram Business Resourcing
  • Tea’s Me Cafe Indy
  • Tear Down the Walls Ministries Inc
  • TeenWorks
  • THA Construction
  • The Added Touch, inc
  • The Blakley Corporation
  • The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
  • The Consultants Consortium, Inc.
  • The Exhibit House
  • The Greek Islands
  • The Indianapolis Airport Authority
  • The Job Center Staffing
  • The Riviera Club
  • The Start Up Ladies
  • The Westin Indianapolis
  • Theoris Services
  • Todah
  • Tonic Ideas
  • Trusty Applications
  • Two Men And A Truck
  • Two3Mentality, LLC
  • U Pull & Pay
  • U.S. Army National Guard
  • U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion – Indianapolis
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture/Risk Management Agency
  • U.S. Marines
  • U.S. Navy
  • UJIMA Community Services
  • United Way of Central Indiana, Inc.
  • University Learning Center
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • UPS
  • VA Hospital
  • Valley Mills Elementary School
  • VeriCite
  • Vincennes University
  • VirtusaPolaris
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Voyant Solutions
  • Walmart
  • Washington Township
  • Watch Me Grow Childcare
  • Westminster Neighborhood Services
  • Whalen Realty Group
  • White Castle
  • WorkHere
  • World Changers School of the Arts
  • YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
  • Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana
  • Zion Hill M. B. Church, Inc.
  • Zoë Facility Services

Erika Cheney, EmployIndy Director of In-School Youth

In the Spring of 2016, I was one of four local leaders who travelled to witness and experience the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council’s World of Opportunities event, which became the framework for JA JobSpark. I was chosen to travel because I am the Director of In-School Youth Services for EmployIndy, Indianapolis’ Workforce Development Board, and I serve on the JA JobSpark Steering committee and as the facilitator for the Government, Law, and Public Service Cluster.

Erika Cheney and Leslie Crist (Assoc. Chief of Workforce Programs for Indiana DWD) at 2017 JA JobSpark

My direct impact on the growth of JA JobSpark has stimulated EmployIndy’s involvement and partnership with many local businesses and organizations. We have staff members on the JA JobSpark Marketing committee, Volunteer and Logistics subcommittee, day-of volunteers, and who participate in JA for A Day! (employees go into IPS schools and teach Junior Achievement curriculum). EmployIndy also has staff members from our Business Solutions team who sit on the different committees for each industry cluster.

JA JobSpark is such a unique event here in Indianapolis. I love to see the excitement on each of the kids’ faces when they come through the door and experience it for the first time. One of the major reasons that EmployIndy chooses to be so heavily involved in this event is that the 8th grade students who attend are given opportunities to explore and learn more about a variety of occupations that they may not know previously existed. As Director of In-School Youth, I oversee all of EmployIndy’s in-school programs, which focus on getting young adults to take those steps to further their careers. For many, JA JobSpark is the first opportunity to get young adults interested in their futures as they progress into high school, begin to think about career exploration, and become knowledgeable about postsecondary opportunities.

I believe that knowledge is power – the more we are able to arm Indianapolis youth with the awareness of the variety of potential career options, the more they can be prepared for their next step.

The hands-on resources open doors for these 8th graders as they learn more about a variety of careers and different workforce sectors. Questions created from this event will open doors for the students to ask employers, professionals in the field, about their jobs and the steps they took to get where they are today. After they attend the event, they leave with the freedom to ask their teachers more about career clusters and the job opportunities they experienced during JA JobSpark.

Beyond just providing knowledge, I believe it is crucial that every participant is gifted with the tools and resources they need to make good decisions about their future. JA JobSpark helps students be more thoughtful about what they want to be when they grow up. These rewards make it worth all of the finances, time, and long nights that are put towards making this program possible and making a difference in someone’s life. Our hope is that this experience will encourage students to make better choices in their future and share their involvement with the participants who come after them.

Since JA JobSpark kicked off in 2016, it has created a wave in the business community. There is a buzz around how important it is to invest in the future of the workforce, and it starts with molding individuals while they are young to both chase their dreams and learn that the effort and hard work are worth it. It makes the Government, Law, and Public Service cluster stand out. Although it isn’t always the highest paying sector, the payoff is more than rewarding with the daily opportunities to better the lives of the community and gain a strong desire to help people. These characteristics carry over into your home life and shape you into a person that is influential and will have a positive impact on the lives of those around you.