Our Mission

A Critical Need

By the Numbers

Portraits of Impact

Our Generous Partners

Vision 2024

2024 ANNUAL REPORT 

AMPLIFY THE ADVANTAGE™

OUR MISSION:

Empower our nation’s young people with the skills and support to succeed in education, employment, and life

MESSAGE FROM LEADERSHIP

Janelle Duray

We will embark on our 2024 journey by bridging the past achievements of over 1.7 million youth and the dedicated adults that support them. We are ready to amplify the JAG Advantage™ with an exciting, big, and bold strategy: to go all-in on the most impactful elements that provide successful outcomes for our students and stakeholders, and scale them to serve several million more young people.”

Janelle Duray, JAG president and CEO

Dear JAG Family,

 It’s exhilarating to reflect on the accomplishments and changes that shaped 2023 with you, the second year of our transformative Youth Opportunities and Outcomes 2024 Strategic Goals, which has helped us identify and respond to the most exciting opportunities for JAG, our Network, and our youth.

First and foremost, 2023 marked great successes for JAG. Another year of incredible outcomes was reported for our graduating Class of 2022, our second annual National Career Development Conference, with over 1,000 in attendance, the election of our second slate of national JAG Career Association Officers, and continued focus to tell the JAG Story by lifting the youth voice at all levels, a true embodiment of living our mission to empower young people.

 

For the first time in JAG’s history, a leadership transition and growing senior staff challenged to bring new perspectives, energy, and a fresh outlook to the helm of JAG.

Ken Smith Opening Ceremony

KEN SMITH:

HONORING
A LEGACY

On November 29, 2023, JAG hosted a special reception to commemorate the retirement of our esteemed founder, Ken Smith. This momentous event signified our leadership shift and acknowledged a visionary leader’s immeasurable contributions. A driving force in JAG’s creation, Ken collaborated with Governor Pete duPont of Delaware on the design of the first statewide test of the JAG model and was actively involved with JAG since its inception.

Ken Smith’s remarkable tenure has propelled the organization to serve over 1.6 million young individuals during our 43-year history.

With Ken’s transition into retirement, Janelle Duray has taken the helm to propel JAG forward. As JAG’s former executive vice president and chief operating officer, Janelle steps into the role of president and CEO with a wealth of experience, dedication, and passion for JAG’s mission.

Ken’s incredible legacy will illuminate the path forward for future generations. We salute the man whose vision has changed the lives of millions of young men and women and inspires each of us who carry his vision forward!

A CRITICAL NEED

Teaching Student

OUR NATION’S YOUNG PEOPLE NEED HELP URGENTLY.

Learning, Student Leadership, National Events

JAG lifts the barriers for youth, ensuring success in school, work, and life.

From trauma to unhoused living and rising suicide rates, today’s youth face severe barriers to graduating and leading a successful life. What sets JAG apart is its ability to help youth overcome adversity. We meld Trauma-informed care with education, job skills, and hands-on work experiences to ensure students thrive.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Today’s high school graduates are three times more likely to live in poverty than their predecessors.
  • Between 2008 and 2018, the suicide rate among 13- and 14-year-olds more than doubled.
  • A staggering 54% of teenagers express deep anxiety about financing their futures.
  • The high school dropout rate is higher today than in the 70s.

From poverty to past trauma, JAG students face 10+ challenges

Having inadequate or no work experience

72%

Lacks marketable occupational skills that are in demand in the local labor market

70%

Economically disadvantaged as defined by public assistance or TANF

54%

Lacks motivation or maturity to pursue education or career goals

52%

Needs transportation to and from work or school

44%

Low academic performance

38%

A past record of excessive absences as verified by school officials

34%

Has a fear of speaking in public, is shy or would like to develop healthy social skills

27%

Not connected to any extracurricular activities, community organizations, or teams/clubs

25%

Family environment not conducive to education or career goals

22%

There’s nothing like

The JAG Advantage™

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)

JAG helps learners overcome stress, trauma, and the “barriers that often prevent equitable opportunities that can lead to success. Students create healthy emotional skills and build supportive networks, becoming resilient, confident individuals with the essential skills skills they need to embrace the future.

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

PBL boosts communication, creativity, collaboration, and communication skills through hands-on, long-term projects that solve real-world problems or answer complex questions. By providing authentic challenges and scenarios, JAG students become adept critical thinkers ready to take on the challenges of the workforce and their lives.

Employer Engagement

JAG partners with more than 19,000 JAG employers and industry experts. Our learners explore career paths, are exposed to opportunities in their communities, and have hands-on experiences with employers. Each JAG student creates their own Individual Development Plan (IDP) through employment, certification, or their avenue of choice.

The JAG Journey:
From Adversity to Advantage

UPLIFT

JAG Trauma-Informed Care addresses students’ stress and trauma, helping them leap the barriers of life’s most challenging circumstances.

EDUCATE

From in-school classes to flex programs, JAG Specialists provide for-credit instruction to help students develop confidence and thrive in school.

EMPOWER

JAG equips students with important competencies that boost employability and ensure success in their careers.

ENGAGE

Students interact with employers, solving real-world challenges with Project-Based Learning in the classroom and on the job.

PROPEL

Specialists help graduates explore career pathways, identify job opportunities, and navigate postsecondary education and financial aid.

PREVAIL!

JAG provides 12 months of post-grad follow-up and support services to ensure success on the job and/or enrollment in a postsecondary institution.

“JAG filled my world with hope. It gave me a chance to reach my potential.”

For young people like Aneissa Olsen, JAG is more than a program. Aneissa is now a CNA with plans to become a nurse and business owner.

Divi Architectural Design Agency

We turn your dream to reality and we’ll never stop until you’re satisfied with the result.

What We Do

Architecture

Concept

Planning

Interior

Exterior

We turn your dream to reality and we’ll never stop until you’re satisfied with the result

Design that is human.

Fresh ideas and open minds.

Featured Work

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Elegant World Tower

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2019 – 2021

Divi Trade Center

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2016 – 2022

Divi Commerce Center

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2016 – 2019

We Work With Everyone!

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Personal
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New Construction

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Building A Better Future

Clients

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Cities

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International Awards

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Blog Posts

Salesforce Administrator

Salesforce Administrator at Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) Flexible (Washington, D.C., Remote) About JAG: Jobs for America’s Graduates is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people stay in school and acquire the academic, employability,...

Kim Reynolds

Governor of Iowa Board Member: Chair Kim Reynolds understands the challenges families face because she’s faced them herself. A fifth-generation Iowan, she grew up in a working-class family in St. Charles, Iowa. As a teenager, she worked as a waitress at Younkers and...

JNCG cuts ribbon on new site at Asheboro High School

SHEBORO — Communities In Schools’ “Jobs for North Carolina’s Graduates” program now has a new site at Asheboro High School, thanks to generous support from Toyota. State Sen. Amy Galey, R-Alamance, whose district includes part of Randolph County, representatives from...

Dubuque Hempstead students earn 3rd place

DUBUQUE — A trio of Dubuque Hempstead students recently were named national finalists in a competition through a career development program that asked them to find solutions for an inequity in their community. Seniors Kialah Hill and Ava Runde and junior Laila...

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Igor Landry

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Juanita Moran

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Rehaan Whitfield

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