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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.

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