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iJAG’s Arcade

The Iowa JAG (iJAG) program takes on many projects each year. They fundraise, they volunteer and they have service learning projects that teach the JAG students skills such as teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills. One such project that the iJAG students took on was inspired by Caine’s Arcade an internet sensation.

Zuni students shadow local mentors

By Vida Volkert
Gallup Independent Staff writer eastnavajo@gallupindependent.com


ZUNI — It was Monday morning and Myra Halusewa was not in school. The 19-year-old senior had just been dropped off at the Zuni Tribal Detention Center.

31st Annual National Training Seminar, July 16-18, 2014

It’s timebegin making plans to attend the annual professional development meetings of Jobs for America’s Graduates held in July at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida! 

JAG-Benton Harbor Specialist Corey Sterling and Benton Harbor Alumnus and Coach Helps Tigers Get Back to State Finals

Adapted from an article by James Gensterblum on March 22, 2014 on highschoolsports.com/news

Benton Harbor coach Corey Sterling knows what playing in the the MHSAA boys basketball state final can do for the players who are lucky enough to get there.   There were seven JAG students who played on the state finals basketball team, including:  Curtis Dawson, Jaton Gunn, Edward Headspeth, Cortez Moore, Malik Hall, Darrell Moss, and Demarcus Rainer. 

Passing Down Kindness

Not many people would take on 500 4th graders. However, this February J.A.G. students from the Prairie Phoenix Academy, an alternative high school in Sun Prairie WI, volunteered two days of their time to mentor the entire local elementary school 4th grade population which turned out to be 500 students.

JAG South Carolina and Bank of America

Jobs for America’s Graduates partners with many businesses and organizations throughout the United States.  Often times these organizations provide guest speakers who visit JAG classrooms, donate products or money to the JAG programs and offer their resources to assist the JAG programs in their community.  In South Carolina at West Florence High School,  Job Specialist Linda Williams partnered with Bank of America to help educate her JAG students.

Maine Voices: Keep a Great Thing Going for Students and Support Jobs for Maine’s Graduates

By David Galin and Chris Howell
Special to the Press Herald
March 24, 2014

The need to educate and train the next generations of Maine workers is well established. Our workforce is aging, and employment opportunities call for knowledge and skills beyond our current high school graduation requirements.

Across the state, educators and community members are working to advance local efforts to increase understanding and build connections between public schools and private enterprise to help deepen and broaden the learning experience for students.

JAG and TherapyWorks’ Partnership

The Rio Grande High School’s JAG program is proud to announce a unique opportunity in partnering with TherapyWorks, Inc. This opportunity may well expand into benefiting the whole Rio Grande community to collaborate with international lecturers and authors, who happen to live in Albuquerque. Kristine Moore, the JAG Specialist, summarizes by sharing, “The students are taking ownership of their job responsibilities and are working together as a cohesive team.” 

Lobbying For iJAG

Last March the Iowa JAG program ( iJAG) faced a cut in funding of close to a million dollars. Each year JAG programs face budget cuts and compete for funding from public and private sources. The students enrolled in the JAG programs are the most powerful influence when lobbying for funding from state legislatures. The iJAG students recently had an opportunity to witness the legislative process and to assist in the task of securing additional funding for the iJAG programs.

Jobs Program Needs More Funding, Support

Written by:  Governor Phil Bryant (MS) and Mayo Flynt, President, AT&T-Mississippi 
ClarionLedger.com 
February 15, 2014
 
For any family or individual, a good job can mean everything. Ultimately landing that job starts months, and even years, in advance. Whether it is a child’s earliest learning at home, elementary and high school education or workforce training, the foundation for success is laid long before a potential employee walks into an interview.
 

Graduation Matters

Every JAG program comes up with events that fit their community and their individual programs. In most cases the JAG students participate in mentoring activities. Some partner with pre-school or elementary school classes. Younger children always think their older peers are “cool”. They look up to them. In the small town of Hot Springs, Montana the JAG program hosted the inaugural event in what they hope will become an annual tradition.

2014 National Training Seminar

JAG is pleased to announce that the 2014 National Training Seminar will return to Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida July 14-18, 2014. Please use the link below to access information regard the National Training Seminar.

2014 National Training Seminar

Alfond Foundation Gives $600,000 Challenge Grant to Jobs for Maine’s Graduates

Kennebec Journal
Thursday, February 6, 2014

The grant will help the program, which prepares middle and high school students to prepare for continued education, expand and open new programs in Fairfield and Dexter.

By Amy Calderacalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State Address Features JAG-Kansas

January 15, 2014
The Kansas City Star Ÿwww.kansascity.com      

In Governor Brownback’s State of the State Address, he recognized a major education initiative to serve young people in high school that might otherwise“fall through the cracks”.  The statewide program, led by Matt Fearing, was launched in the fall of 2013 in 25 schools. TANF is the primary source of funding for the statewide program.

Governor Brownback acknowledged the JAG program in his address which can be read or watched below:
 

JAG-Kansas Senior at Turner High School in Kansas City Wins Trip to National Student Leadership Academy

Source: The Booster; Author: Stephanie Gonzalez

Jaziel Sandoval won this trip by writing a 5oo-word essay on how to be a leader.  He placed first in JAG-Kansas competition and was awarded an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  "The only thing I paid for was one lunch," Sandoval said.

Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) is an organization taken as a class that offers skills to students to prepare for real world jobs. Jaziel Sandoval, one of the many students who took the class, was elected vice-president of the JAG Turner High School Career Association.

2013 Smith Scholar Elected to Serve as an At-Large Representative of the University of South Dakota Student Government Association

As a freshman in high school, Alexander “Zane” Zephier was elected as the first president of the first Jobs for America’s Graduates program in South Dakota and the Wagner Community School. In December 2013, as a freshman at the University of South Dakota (USD), Zephier took his leadership skills to the next level as one of four students (Zane is the young man second from the right in the black and white sweater) selected to serve as an at-large representative of the USD Student Government Association (SGA).

JAG Seniors May Download 2014 Smith Scholarship Applications

The Ken Smith Scholarship Fund and The Smith Scholars Program were established by the JAG Board of Directors to recognize the extraordinary leadership and service of the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc., Kenneth M. Smith.  The number of scholarships to be awarded is dependent on the donations to the Ken Smith Scholarship Fund.

Cox CEO Gets National Award for Helping Students Prep for Work

An Orangeburg manufacturing leader on Wednesday received national recognition for his commitment to helping the state’s high school students prepare for success in the workplace.

Mikee Johnson, chief executive officer of Orangeburg-based Cox Industries Inc. and South Carolina Workforce Investment Board chairman, was selected as the winner of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)-National Workforce Development Leadership Award.

Governor Pence Named Vice Chair of National Board of Directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)

Indianapolis, IN – Governor Mike Pence was recently named Vice Chair of the National Board of Directors for Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

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