JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

News and Events

JAG-South Carolina Students Receive Employment Opportunity through JC Penney's Emerging Talent Leadership Program.

Congratulations to Rock Hill High School students--Aleisha Erickerson, Dan­ielle Williams, Porscha Jackson, Demazia Crawford , Alexa Allen and Tyesha Judge for landing their first job with JC Penney in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

2014 National Student Leadership Academy

The 2014 JAG National Student Leadership Academy information is now available. November 20-22 in Washington, DC over 400 JAG students will gather to sharpen their leadership skills, network and tour the Nations Capitol.

The NSLA starts on Thursday at the JAG Leadership Awards Luncheon. At the luncheon JAG will recognize individuals and corporate sponsors that have been vital to the success of the JAG program.

JAG to Take Part in The It Can Wait® Campaign

The It Can Wait® campaign, first created by AT&T, to end texting and driving has turned into a movement with the addition of key organizations within the wireless industry like Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, US, Inc. and more than 200 additional advocates including Jobs for America’s Graduates.

No Progress for America's Teens in 2013 Teen Summer Job Market

Friday’s Employment Situation report for August 2013 revealed that the U.S. employers added 169,000 net new payroll jobs in August. The revised payroll employment estimates for the entire summer (June-July-August) revealed a gain of 445,000 jobs. Unfortunately, none of these payroll jobs were obtained by nation’s teens (16-19). Despite the fact that both the Center for Labor Market Studies and national job placement firm (Challenger-Gray-Christmas) had earlier projected that teen would benefit with improved summer job market. This development unfortunately did not occur.

JAG-Kansas Launched in 25 Schools Across Kansas!

TOPEKA, KS — A new program has come to Kansas, aiming to keep high school students in school until graduation, and helping them prepare for a future career or further education.

Nicolette Schleisman was at Highland Park High School Monday for the unveiling of Jobs for American Grads at Kansas schools. She spoke with the teacher, and some of his students about how important the course is for them.

“How far I go, depends on me. That is what we will think about each and every day when we come to school,” said Michael Munoz.

An Answer to Dropouts, Youth Unemployment


By BRIAN SANDOVAL and JACK MARKELL
SPECIAL TO THE LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/answer-dropouts-youth-unemployment
July 22, 2013

Nevada and our nation currently face a daunting challenge that directly affects the ability of our young people to find work: the high number of high school dropouts. In today’s technology-driven world, a high school education is vital to future success.

2012 National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) a “Life-changing” Experience!

The 2012 National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) 418 of our young leaders and 121 Specialists and staff.

An intensive series of leadership development and teaming activities were conducted.  All of the students were able to participate in the Leadership Awards Luncheon.  They also received a special tour of the icons of American democracy and interacted with the senior management of Jobs for America's Graduates.

“I am the voice of the youth.” The story of Fred Green

There is a school of thought that individuals are born to do certain things. Call it destiny or natural talent, nineteen year old Fred Green would be considered one of these people. Politics is in his blood. Just a year out of high school, Wilmington, Delaware residents recall Green entering the political arena at just 13 years of age.  Now Green is being called Delaware’s first Youth Czar by many.

Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates Success Stories

There are so many success stories each year involving students in the JAG programs around the country, including graduating from high school. And it is always rewarding to see these students recognized. Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates shares the stories of two students enjoying their successes at the conclusion of the 2011-12 school year. Nikki Rutherford earned her GED through the JOG Our Way program and was honored as Adult Learner of the Year and Stephanie Foxworth, also a GED graduate from JOG Our Way was recognized as a young entrepreneur.  

Darius Weems and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates

Up in the eastern corner of the country in Maine, Hauns Bassett a Master Specialist in Jobs for Maine’s Graduates helped to bring a guest speaker to two schools. The speaker’s message was one of inspiration and perseverance.  Middle school students from across the state raised $4,000 in six weeks by selling raffle tickets, bracelets and t-shirts to bring a young man named Darius Weems to speak at two middle schools.  The students were incredibly moved by Weems story.

2012 Smith Scholars

For the past four years the Jobs for America’s Graduates Board of Directors and Friends of JAG have offered the Smith Scholarships to students from the JAG network. In 2012 the scholarship program saw double the applicants compared to 2011. There were 112 seniors in high school that submitted their applications to be considered for one of twelve $1,000 scholarships. The nominees chosen by the scholarship committee represented ten of the JAG programs from around the nation. The committee was very pleased with the submissions and felt the quality of applicants was exceptional.

JAG Happenings in New Hampshire

At times it’s easy to forget that JAG is so much more than time spent in the classroom. The program includes scholarship programs, community service projects, student government and much more. At the beginning of May the JAG-New Hampshire program hosted a Senior Award’s Lunch. 

Jobs for Maine’s Graduates 2012 CDC - "The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."

This spring Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) held their annual Career Development Conference at the Civic Center in Augusta. The event gives JAG students an opportunity to participate in competitive events and show case skills in leadership, career development and civic awareness.  These are just a hand full of the skills the students work on throughout the year in the classroom and skills that tie directly to the mission of the JMG program.

JAG-Tennessee and the Sonic Job Fairs - A Win/Win for Everyone Concerned

One of the hallmarks of Jobs for America’s Graduates is the partnership between the local JAG programs and businesses in their communities.

JOG Student Named Top Entrepreneur

Stephanie Foxworth, a December, 2010 GED graduate from J.O.G. our WAY, will be honored as Youth Entrepreneur of the Year for Northeast Ohio by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at the 2012 Global Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in New York City on Wednesday, April 18. Foxworth created Elaborate Dips, a micro-business that produces and sells specialty, gift-wrapped, chocolate-covered fruit as part of her participation in the JOG (Jobs for Ohio’s Graduates) and Y.O.U. (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) E-City BizCamp during June of 2011.

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