Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) selected 10 students from across the state to compete and participate in JAG’s National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) in Washington D.C. iJAG's Kameron Houston from Davenport West High School was selected as the keynote student speaker at the annual National Leadership Awards Luncheon. Kameron shared his story with nearly 1,000 youth, Governors, corporate and foundation leaders, Presidents/CEOs, federal agency leaders, and distinguished guests. Kameron was the first iJAG student to achieve this distinguished honor in seventeen years.
In the competitions, Iowa JAG's Miavliang Lee earned first place in the Public Speaking competitive event. Lee attends Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa. This is the second consecutive year that iJAG has placed first in this event. Lee stated “I feel very humble and grateful. Thank you iJAG for everything!”
The mission of Iowa JAG is to assist students with multiple barriers in graduating from high school and and/or successfully transitioning from high school to continued education and careers. To accomplish this work iJAG provides an individualized and comprehensive approach that occurs in and out of the classroom. Iowa JAG is nationally accredited and has produced a 95% graduation rate with participating students last year. Laurie Phelan, President and CEO of iJAG said, “The success of Kameron and Mia is to the credit of the amazing Education Specialists (instructors) working in the classrooms and all the businesses, community agencies, foundations and state agencies that support iJAG. We are a game changer for many young people that are struggling to find their way.
iJAG is a program that works!” For more information about iJAG please visit, www.ijag.org.