JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

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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! 

Destiny Shelton Smith Scholarship Awardee

Each academic year, Smith Scholars are selected by members of the JAG Board of Directors who invest considerable time in reviewing applications. Selecting recipients for a $1,000 scholarship is a challenging assignment since the vast majority of the applicants need, want and can use the scholarship to pursue a collegiate education and/or their career goals. In Kansas, Destiny Shelton was one of the recipients of the Smith Scholarship.

JAG-Kansas First Year Success

The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program successfully completed its first year in the state of Kansas. During this past school year, JAG had 25 programs across the state of Kansas. The great results achieved over the first year have made it possible for JAG to double its programs for the 2014-2015 school year. The launch of JAG-Kansas is one of the most successful launches in the history of JAG. Expanding the program has made it possible for Newton to have an additional JAG program, which will include Chisholm Middle School.

Newton High Graduation Rate

West Florence High School and Bank of America

It has become very important to educate young adults about their financial goals prior to them leaving high school to enter the work force or head to post-secondary training and/or college. At West Florence High School in Florence, South Carolina Bank of America assisted the JAG class in learning about savings goals and their financial futures.

Montana JAG in the Big Apple

Few people ever receive a standing ovation. Culbertson High School senior Elizabeth Hendrickson received two when she was on stage at the SeriousFun Children’s Network Gala in New York City on April 2.

There were seven students invited to perform at the SeriousFun Children’s Network Gala and Elizabeth was one of them.  The benefit was attended by Tony Bennett, Sara Bareilles, Robin Roberts, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Miss America and New York Amanda Mason. 

Honoring Jasmnika Newbern

Jasmnika Newbern of Benton Harbor was named Michigan Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Newbern will be honored during the club’s celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs Week April 14-18.

Announcing 2014 Smith Scholars

The JAG Board of Directors is pleased to announce that 101 scholarship applications were submitted by deserving JAG seniors from seventeen (17) states in hopes of being recognized as a 2014 Smith Scholar.  The JAG Board established two committees to provide oversight of the Kenneth M. Smith Scholarship Fund and the selection of Smith Scholars.  In 2014, applicants submitted the required documentation for the committee members to review and evaluate including:  (1) application; (2) official high school transcript; (3) three letters of recommendation; and (4) two-page essay. 

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.

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.
 

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