The JA Fellows cohort at Lincoln High celebrated the completion of the program with their recent Semester Showcase. Students shared their experiences with JA board members, community partners, and members of the community.

JA Fellows provides students with the critical social capital needed to succeed in our modern economy through career exploration experiences and professional mentorship. Students were connected to leading San Diego industries and in-demand career pathways as part of a larger effort to develop a robust and diverse local talent pipeline.

The program culminates into work experience with local businesses. Students gained firsthand experience in the world of work and developed professional skill sets, supporting them in becoming better prepared for future success.

“Not only has the JA Fellows program helped me as a student but also as a person. I have become more confident, and outgoing, and it has made me better prepared for my future,” said senior Jaquilin Ibarra.

Through job shadows and career panels with AGC Apprenticeship, Jack in the Box, Qualcomm and the San Diego Zoo, students explored career pathways in the local economy. In partnership with local businesses, several organizations, including Cox Communications, Kaiser Permanente, at the YMCA of San Diego, hosted students for a work-based learning experience.

“It has influenced me to believe in my ability to grow and understand difficult concepts that I originally thought I could never grasp. With the powerful support given by the program, it has empowered me to try my hardest and seek more knowledge. This has made me more interested and motivated to pursue my desired career pathway in Forensics,” said senior Ruben Ibarra.

This cohort of students will be graduating from Lincoln High in June and nearly all JA Fellows students have plans to attend college or enter the workforce.