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Junior Achievement Inspire Allows Teens to Explore Different Careers with Hands-on Experience

Pohanka of Salisbury recently teamed up with one of our loyal community partners, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, for the third annual JA Inspire Experience. The event took place on Tuesday, March 28th, and Wednesday, March 29th at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. 

Pohanka of Salisbury is proud to be a sponsor of this event each year because they believe in empowering the next generation. It was an exciting time for thousands of eighth-graders from Delmarva to get their first hands-on experience changing a tire, getting under the hood of a car, or building an electric circuit. Pohanka hopes to spark that excitement in these teens to motivate them to explore what interests them for a career in their future. 

According to students from Mardela and Bennett schools:
“I would never have thought I’d be interested in that [being an electrician] and it seems like it would be really fun to learn more about”

“I like how we actually got to do things that we would do on each job and we could talk to the actual people [from the business].”

Pohanka of Salisbury was happy to partner with Parkside CTE and instructor Mr. Dave White to give these students more information on the next steps available to them. Career and Technical Education is an opportunity that many students have not yet considered but could open a door to their future careers. Thanks to volunteers from Mr. White’s current classes, these students we able to speak with teens that were in their shoes a few short years ago. 

Junior Achievement is a powerful coalition of educators and industry leaders designed to present eighth-grade students with a jumpstart into their future career endeavors. Not all students are lucky enough to have access to a positive career mentor in their home life. It is Junior Achievement’s mission to lead these students down the path to success, out of generational poverty, and to help young people succeed. Junior Achievement’s financial literacy lessons and career readiness planning positively impact the lives of young people all over the country.

Pohanka Employees Become 8th Grade Mentors at JA Inspire

Pohanka of Salisbury Automotive Group was a proud sponsor of Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore‘s latest event JA Inspire.

This massive event involved a collection of local educators and industry leaders coming together to educate over 3,000 Eastern Shore 8th graders on potential future career and educational opportunities. The students were given hands-on activities involving tasks relevant to jobs in many different industries. This gave them a chance to find a potential future career path involving a specialty they love. The fair also gave students the ability to explore apprenticeships and educational programs from local trade schools, colleges, and universities. 

The purpose of this event is to provide students with knowledge of future career paths before determining their high school workload. They get the opportunity to learn about future career opportunities from local, caring mentors who are there to help guide them. It is also a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to build their workforce and offer interactive learning. 

Pohanka of Salisbury was widely represented at this event offering mentors from their sales, service, and insurance departments. The Pohanka staff had the opportunity to discuss all of the opportunities that come with a career at Pohanka as well as how much the automotive group gives back to their community through the Pohanka Pays It Forward Program. 

Katelyn Williamson, a Customer Service Representative at Pohanka Insurance and volunteer at JA Inspire noted, “It was a pleasure talking to the children about what I do and how I got here. I wish I would have known about companies like Pohanka when I was deciding what I wanted to do. I hope that I was able to make a difference in the children’s career options.”

Pohanka truly enjoys partnering and volunteering for Junior Achievement and would like to thank them for all they do in the community. As a group, Pohanka employees look forward to attending more events in the future to educate the local youth and build the workforce on the Eastern Shore.