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About JAG

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment.  In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping over one million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.




Dontel Watkins hopes to fulfill NFL dreams with Tennessee Titans

Dontel Watkins, a former Jobs for Tennessee Graduates' student at Antioch High School and graduate of the Class of 2008, signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans.  Dontel, like many other JTG graduates, will be striving against heavy odds to reach his goals but he will have a lot of hometown supporters rooting for him.  He is a determined young man.

Dontel Watkins hopes to fulfill NFL dreams with Tennessee Titans - Written by Jim Wyatt The Tennessean May 1, 2013:

Jobs for America’s Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Help Students Succeed

Jobs for America’s Graduates and AT&T Team Up to Help Students Succeed - Support will help JAG reach more youth of great promise

Alexandria, Va., April 23, 2013 – Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and AT&T are working together to raise the nation’s high school graduation  rate by expanding  mentoring, tutoring and other academic support for students of great promise.

iJAG Student Wins Logo Design Contest

iJAG student, Mike Bernard, from Davenport Central High School, was awarded a $1,350 Scholarship from Quad Cities Career Connections. Mike was the winner of a Logo Design Contest conducted by QC Career Connections. iJAG students in the Quad Cities, as well as East Moline and Rock Island, IL were eligible to participate in the contest. Students could submit up to three drawings, based upon criteria that QC Career Connections provided.

Dr. Cynthia Lovett, Jasmine Kilgore and Briana Allen were active participants at “The Miracle Mile Walk”.  The proud chapter advisor is Dr. Cynthia Lovett.

Cross Creek High School Assists Survivors and Those Living with Cancer

The Cross Creek High School Career Association in Augusta, Georgia demonstrated its compassion by conducting three events which targeted individuals, groups and organizations that assist people who have been affected or who are living with the debilitating disease call cancer.

Governor Sandoval Helped Launch JAG-Nevada Program at Desert Pines High School

Gov. Brian Sandoval celebrated a high school dropout prevention program he helped launch in Nevada at Desert Pines High School on Wednesday night.

JAG/JVG student runs into burning building to save residents on Christmas

JAG student, Keon Whitted, was called a Christmas Day hero for running into a burning apartment building to tell residents about the danger.

“I saw the top floor on fire so I jumped the gate and I kicked every door down in that building,” 18-year-old Keon Whitted said. 

Henrico Fire Department Capt. James Mellon said the fire broke out just before noon at the Coventry Gardens apartments in the 200 block of Newbridge Circle.

The fire displaced 16 people according to officials however no residents were injured thanks to the heroism of Whitted.

Board of Directors End-of-Year Meeting

Washington, D.C. ŸNovember 15, 2012

The end-of-year JAG Board meeting was held on November 15 to set the agenda for 2013.  In a very interactive and engaging Board meeting, key decisions were made, including:

2012 National Leadership Awards Events—Best Ever!

2012 National Leadership Awards Events—Best Ever!

Washington, D.C. ŸNovember 14-15, 2012

On November 14-15, we had one of the largest turnouts and one of the most engaging and successful series of Leadership Awards Events in our history.  Nearly 700 were in attendance for our Leadership Awards Reception and Luncheon, led by Governors Jack Markell (DE) and John de Jongh (VI) of our Board of Directors.

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. Rewards High School Student with Trip to JAG National Student Conference in D.C.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and partner to share the excitement of agribusiness careers with talented post-secondary students.  This relationship has lead to sponsorship of the fourth annual essay contest.  Cameron Clement’s winning essay rewards him with a trip to attend the JAG National Student Leadership Conference which will be held in Washington D.C. in November.