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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).

JAG hopes to help at-risk youths continue education

With a mission to focus on the labor market for teens, minorities and low-income youth, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), founded in 1980 by former Delaware Gov. Pete DuPont, is a nonprofit organization aimed at helping the youth, particularly at-risk youth, to stay in school, pursue post-secondary education and land jobs that lead to various career opportunities.

As of September, the national program has moved to Pennsylvania and the JAG Pa President, Anthony Powell, is enthused for its work throughout the state.

Selling Del’s Popcorn and Caramel Apples is a Pretty Sure JAG Fundraiser!

The Jobs for America’s Graduates class — JAG for short — at MacArthur High School had no problem, once they settled on those items for their fundraiser, and they raised $150. The money was to buy “JAG swag”: shirts identifying them as members of the JAG class.

“It’s for kids who have barriers, academic or personality or family at home,” said junior Lanyia Cooper. “It’s to get them on track and help them plan. It’s kind of like a family. We’re encouraging each other and helping each other out.”

Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates Connects to ADM

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a global leader in agricultural processing.   As one of the world largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat, and coco, ADM produces value added food and feed ingredients that supply our nation and the rest of the world with products for healthier living.

Newton High School Senior Mitzy Aramburo Sets the Bar High

Mitzy Aramburo decided she wanted to set the bar high for the Jobs for America's Graduates program in Newton.  Really high.

A senior at Newton High School, Mitzy is in the first Jobs for America's Graduates class at the school; and she finished in the top three of a state JAG essay contest.

Aramburo penned an essay which finished second in the state during a contest for students in the first-year program now at 25 high schools in Kansas.

Helena High School students celebrated the spooky holiday by raising money for a student with cancer.

Claire Stone has been battling cancer for a year and a half.  Today her classmates suited up in their Halloween costumes for a fundraiser to help cover the cost of her medical expenses, something she didn’t even know was being planned till she saw the signs for the event decking the halls of Helena High.

Claire: "I was very emotional. I was so happy that people are like having fun for Halloween but also helping me."

Students and faculty alike went all out of the event. The halls were filled with kids dressed up.

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.

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