News and Events

The Academy at Shawnee Believes Jobs for Kentucky’s Graduates Will Increase Graduation Rates

A panel of speakers gathered in the auditorium at The Academy at Shawnee on Thursday, November 12, to announce a multi-agency collaborative to ensure higher graduation rates. A panel of speakers including (left to right) Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Matt Koprowski, 

Liberal High School JAG Students Observe a Student Government Meeting and were Inspired to Run Well-Planned and Organized Meetings

Students from the Liberal High School JAG-Kansas program paid a visit to Seward County Community College Monday, to observe the Student Government Association meeting. While it was business as usual for SCCC/ATS student representatives, the meeting was an eye-opener for the high school visitors. That’s exactly what Will Ponder, JAG coordinator, hoped.

JAG-Kansas Celebrated for Class of 2014 Extraordinary Achievements

Governor Sam Brownback on September 23, 2015 visited Turner High School in Kansas City, Kansas, to herald a program that prepares at-risk youth for postsecondary education and employment. The Governor met with participants in Jobs for America’s Graduates–Kansas (JAG-K) at Turner High to see how the program teaches job and life skills to at-risk middle and high school students and counsels them in career and education paths.

Jobs for Michigan Graduates Makes Difference for Students

As we’re working toward attracting and retaining talent in our region, one of the most vital components is focusing on our youth – the workforce of tomorrow. This requires partnerships in the region and commitment to not only sustain these partnerships, but to continue their growth.

That’s why organizations that specifically target young people like Job’s for America’s Graduates – and locally Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates – are so necessary. They not only assist youth but specifically at-risk youth who may need more guidance than the general public.

Governor Bullock Announces $1 Million Grant to Support College and Career Readiness Programs in Montana Schools

At a celebration at Great Falls High School on September 1, 2015, Governor Steve Bullock announced that Montana received a $1 million grant from USA Funds to support college and career readiness programs in high schools, colleges, and tribal colleges. Bullock was joined by Superintendent Denise Juneau, USA Funds President and CEO Bill Hansen, Jobs for America’s Graduates President Ken Smith, and Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian.

JAG Program Success at Pittsburg (KS) High School

The name of the program is called "Jobs for America's Graduates" or JAG for short. It identifies students at risk of dropping out of high school, then helps them stay in school, graduate, and go right into the workforce. If they chose, they can even go into to college, which is where Ivon Rueda plans to be this time next year.

"I will be the first one to graduate high school and go to college," said Ivon Rueda, JAG program participant.

National Student Leadership Academy

The 2015-16 school year is under way and it is time to start thinking about the National Student Leadership Academy December 3-5, 2015. Please use the link below to access forms and information for the event.


National Student Leadership Academy


Asia Hardeman Receives the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award

A member of the Michigan JAG program and recent Muskegon High School graduate Asia Hardeman's volunteer efforts attracted the attention of many people, including her peers, college scholarship boards and one other very distinguished individual: the President of the United States.

JAG Kansas Recognizes Governor Brownback

In Topeka, the Kansas branch of the Jobs for America’s Graduates program presented Governor Sam Brownback with an honorary challenge coin at the State Capitol Building. In addition, he was presented with letters of appreciation from participants in the program.  The JAG-Kansas program was founded in 2013.

NTS 2015 Program is available!

The 2015 National Training Seminar is almost upon us. We are excited to share the program book for the event, please take a look and familiarize yourself with all of the great opportunities to learn from the best across the JAG National Network. 

Graduating Seniors in Camden Who Overcame are Honored

Jazzmine Wilson of Camden High speaks at an awards program at the Kroc Salvation Army Center for seniors who faced long odds, joined by classmate Taylor Patterson (left). (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

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Minnesota Public Schools Conducts First JAG Student Leadership Conference!

The 2015 Jobs for America’s Graduates Student Leadership Conference was held at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on Friday, April 24th. 

Currently, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is being implemented in 6 sites within Minneapolis Public Schools.  Sites include: Patrick Henry High School, Edison High School, Heritage Academy of Science and Technology, Volunteers of America High School, PYC Arts and Technology High School, and Wellstone International High School. 

Kendra Smith and the Stellar Award

Kendra Smith, a student involved in JAG-South Carolina can now add winner of the Stellar Award to her list of accomplishments.  She received the award last weekend for Youth Project of the Year at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards ceremony is held annually. The Stellar Awards is the premier gospel event, which showcases and honors African - American artists.

Students from 24 schools competed at 6th Annual Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Career Development Conference

In just a five-hour time span, more than 150 students from across the state competed for bragging rights in public speaking, problem solving, employability skills and other career competencies they’ve been learning throughout the year at the 6th Annual Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Career Development Conference on April 16. The event is the yearly capstone of the dropout prevention and school-to-career transition initiative focused on student graduation, career preparation and college admission.

JAG-Nevada Meets with Governor Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature

Student representatives from the twenty-three (23) JAG programs across Nevada learned about state politics and careers by shadowing legislators on Monday, April 13, touring the state capitol and having a roundtable lunch with members of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Nadia Bridwell, right, and Brandi Abrams, focus on assignments during a certified nurse’s assistant course Wednesday at Kinexus in downtown Benton Harbor. The women were able to complete their high school educations and continue their training through the Bridge Academy.

Learners & Earners Getting Left Behind

A business can run short of a lot of resources and survive, but the one thing it can’t do without is people.

That’s what Jim Kodis, owner of Regal Finishing in Coloma, realized as he has watched his employees approach retirement age, while young people shied away from careers in manufacturing. 

To counter the trend, Kodis works with Kinexus, the work force and economic development agency, to hire employees ready to complete their educations and advance their job skills at the same time.

JMG Interviewed on SUPERTALK MISSISSIPPI about 1,500 Delegates at the JMG State Career Development Conference

JAG-Mississippi Students Timmy Kimber and Desiree Coleman and Executive Director Ramona Williams were interviewed on the Gallo Show on Super Talk Mississippi by Paul Gallo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Paul asked Ms. Williams to tell everyone what was happening on Thursday, March 26, at the Jackson Convention Complex.