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Program for At-risk LV Students Wins Grant

By SEAN WHALEY - LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL CAPITAL BUREAU

CARSON CITY — A program designed to help at-risk students stay in school and become successful after graduation has received a $1.25 million grant that will allow its expansion into more Las Vegas area schools.

An organization called USA Funds awarded the grant to the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates program established by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2012. The program serves 21 schools in eight counties and has a goal of expanding to 50 schools across the state.

ACT Foundation Announces Six New Members of Advisory Council for Working Learners

Sage Zephier of Wagner, S.D., a 2013 graduate of Wagner Community School and pilot member of South Dakota’s first Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) class, has been named as one of six new members to the new national Working Learner Advisory Council. The ACT Foundation released the names of the six newest members to its 18-person board Sept. 8.

Wishing for the JAG Experience

Carrie (Pixler) Goodheart graduated from Pratt High School in Pratt, Kansas in 2006. She graduated on time and her grades were decent but doesn’t feel she had a clear direction for adult life. She is now the director of a new program at Pratt High School that she wishes had been available to her.

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.

JAG-SC Event Lends Opportunity for Agency Cross-Training

On Aug. 6, JAG-SC conducted its annual South Carolina Career Association Leadership Development Conference atWhite Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro.

Attendees included JAG-SC state delegates, which were elected by their peers to represent their school’s interests at the state level, and at least one career association officer from each local chapters.

Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas

Emporia High School students have a new opportunity to prepare for future employment thanks to a new program beginning this year.

Governor Sam Brownback Named to National Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates

Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback has been elected unanimously to the national Board of Jobs for America’s Graduates. The Governor was named to the board in July and will serve through January 2017.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a national education and employment system designed to improve graduation rates and academic achievement for at-risk students. Currently, 25 Kansas high schools across the state are participating in the JAG program.

Jobs for Florida’s Graduates Alumni Earns Cash to Help Pursue an Internship in Brazil

Each year Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) hosts a National Training Seminar for the students and staff involved in JAG programs around the nation.  This year it was held at the Disney Coronado Resort in Florida. It was at the training seminar that Jobs for Florida’s Graduates awarded Durseny Nemoran two thousand dollars. Durseny plans to use the award to assist with paying her unsubsidized student loans. This will allow her to accept an internship in Brazil during the 2016 Olympics.

Thomas College to Offer First College-Level Jobs for Maine's Graduates Program

~Program builds on its dedication to providing affordable, accessible college education~

WATERVILLE, Maine - Thomas College and Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG) have forged a new partnership to help more Maine students attain college degrees and land quality jobs after graduation.

The partnership, funded by the Unity Foundation, will provide students who enroll at Thomas College with the same personal attention, guidance and support JMG currently provides at the middle school and high school levels.

31st Annual National Training Seminar, July 16-18, 2014

It’s timebegin making plans to attend the annual professional development meetings of Jobs for America’s Graduates held in July at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida! 

Destiny Shelton Smith Scholarship Awardee

Each academic year, Smith Scholars are selected by members of the JAG Board of Directors who invest considerable time in reviewing applications. Selecting recipients for a $1,000 scholarship is a challenging assignment since the vast majority of the applicants need, want and can use the scholarship to pursue a collegiate education and/or their career goals. In Kansas, Destiny Shelton was one of the recipients of the Smith Scholarship.

JAG-Kansas First Year Success

The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program successfully completed its first year in the state of Kansas. During this past school year, JAG had 25 programs across the state of Kansas. The great results achieved over the first year have made it possible for JAG to double its programs for the 2014-2015 school year. The launch of JAG-Kansas is one of the most successful launches in the history of JAG. Expanding the program has made it possible for Newton to have an additional JAG program, which will include Chisholm Middle School.

Newton High Graduation Rate

West Florence High School and Bank of America

It has become very important to educate young adults about their financial goals prior to them leaving high school to enter the work force or head to post-secondary training and/or college. At West Florence High School in Florence, South Carolina Bank of America assisted the JAG class in learning about savings goals and their financial futures.

Montana JAG in the Big Apple

Few people ever receive a standing ovation. Culbertson High School senior Elizabeth Hendrickson received two when she was on stage at the SeriousFun Children’s Network Gala in New York City on April 2.

There were seven students invited to perform at the SeriousFun Children’s Network Gala and Elizabeth was one of them.  The benefit was attended by Tony Bennett, Sara Bareilles, Robin Roberts, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Miss America and New York Amanda Mason. 

Honoring Jasmnika Newbern

Jasmnika Newbern of Benton Harbor was named Michigan Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Newbern will be honored during the club’s celebration of Boys & Girls Clubs Week April 14-18.

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