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Minnesota Public Schools Conducts First JAG Student Leadership Conference!

The 2015 Jobs for America’s Graduates Student Leadership Conference was held at Hennepin Technical College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota on Friday, April 24th. 

Currently, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is being implemented in 6 sites within Minneapolis Public Schools.  Sites include: Patrick Henry High School, Edison High School, Heritage Academy of Science and Technology, Volunteers of America High School, PYC Arts and Technology High School, and Wellstone International High School. 

Kendra Smith and the Stellar Award

Kendra Smith, a student involved in JAG-South Carolina can now add winner of the Stellar Award to her list of accomplishments.  She received the award last weekend for Youth Project of the Year at the 30th Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards ceremony is held annually. The Stellar Awards is the premier gospel event, which showcases and honors African - American artists.

Students from 24 schools competed at 6th Annual Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Career Development Conference

In just a five-hour time span, more than 150 students from across the state competed for bragging rights in public speaking, problem solving, employability skills and other career competencies they’ve been learning throughout the year at the 6th Annual Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Career Development Conference on April 16. The event is the yearly capstone of the dropout prevention and school-to-career transition initiative focused on student graduation, career preparation and college admission.

JAG-Nevada Meets with Governor Sandoval and the Nevada State Legislature

Student representatives from the twenty-three (23) JAG programs across Nevada learned about state politics and careers by shadowing legislators on Monday, April 13, touring the state capitol and having a roundtable lunch with members of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Nadia Bridwell, right, and Brandi Abrams, focus on assignments during a certified nurse’s assistant course Wednesday at Kinexus in downtown Benton Harbor. The women were able to complete their high school educations and continue their training through the Bridge Academy.

Learners & Earners Getting Left Behind

A business can run short of a lot of resources and survive, but the one thing it can’t do without is people.

That’s what Jim Kodis, owner of Regal Finishing in Coloma, realized as he has watched his employees approach retirement age, while young people shied away from careers in manufacturing. 

To counter the trend, Kodis works with Kinexus, the work force and economic development agency, to hire employees ready to complete their educations and advance their job skills at the same time.

JMG Interviewed on SUPERTALK MISSISSIPPI about 1,500 Delegates at the JMG State Career Development Conference

JAG-Mississippi Students Timmy Kimber and Desiree Coleman and Executive Director Ramona Williams were interviewed on the Gallo Show on Super Talk Mississippi by Paul Gallo on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.  Paul asked Ms. Williams to tell everyone what was happening on Thursday, March 26, at the Jackson Convention Complex. 

JAG Goes To College

Nicole Padilla pads across the campus of Thomas College wearing boots, leggings, and a thick, dark sweatshirt bearing the school's name. It's clear as she heads inside the Harold Alfond Academic Center and sidles up to a small coffee bar to order her first shot of caffeine for the day, that Nicole is at home here. Thomas is a small, friendly business and liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine, a town that sits thirty minutes north of Augusta, the state's capital. 

Montana JAG Supports One of Their Own

Most high school students can count grades and parents as the top stressors in their lives but many JAG students face adversity that goes well beyond the “normal” stress of life as a teenager and then there a few JAG students  that face serious health issues in addition to their struggle with academics. 

Students at Hutchinson Middle School-8 Raise Money to Help Patients Battling Blood Cancer

WICHITA, Kan.– Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students at Hutchinson Middle School - 8 raised $2,016 to support blood cancer research through giving up their personal time and resources to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pasta for Pennies program.

Governor Daugaard Meets with JAG Students Testifying to House Appropriations Committee to Expand JAG in South Dakota

Wagner Community School’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) students Jordan Drews, Ashton Zephier and Ebony Tiger, along with Superintendent Linda Foos and JAG Specialist Renee Van Der Werff, traveled to Pierre on Friday, February 6, to testify to the House Appropriations Committee in support of HB-1191, a bill to expand the JAG statewide program in South Dakota. 

Each student talked about why they believed the JAG Program has been important to them personally, as well as why expanding JAG would benefit the State of South Dakota.

Gov. Bryant Visits Lanier High, Talks with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates Class

JACKSON, Miss— Governor Phil Bryant sat in with Jobs for Mississippi Graduates students at Lanier High School in Jackson Tuesday. 

Students were speaking about their life goals, career dreams, and the reasons why people had to work. Some students said bills, some said to make money for hobbies, one said he wants to work for self-fulfillment.

Governor Bryant relayed his story the students. Bryant was born to a blue collar family. He was the first to graduate high school or college.

Going Solo

Illinois students that are part of the Jobs for America's Graduates class at MacArthur High School took on a class project this academic year. The project, a computer simulation of running a small business asked them figure out costs to run the business like supplies, marketing, rent, utilities, and employee salaries. The next task was to determine whether their business could make a profit and if not, what they could do to make the business profitable.

AT&T Foundation Helps Maine Address Skills Gap

Foundation Awards JMG $200,000 to Expand Career Prep Services to Cony High School Students

(Augusta)  - Over the last 21 years, Jobs for Maine's Graduates has helped to inspire and prepare more than 25,000 students to graduate from high school with the skills, support and confidence to succeed in the workplace.  Today, we are very excited to announce that, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation, JMG has just opened a new program to serve students at Cony High School in Augusta.

JAG South Carolina –The Swansea High School Food Pantry

Many schools care for their own and recognize that their job duties and the role they play in the lives of their students reaches far beyond the classroom.  As the JAG community can attest to, students who face adverse conditions in their homes have consequences in the classroom. When kids are hungry, tired, and distressed they become distracted.  Today’s schools often step in to fill a much more global role than learning and academics.

2015 Smith Scholars Application

The application for the 2015 Smith's Scholar Program is now available.

Smith Scholar Application

Detroit Mayor Announced that USA Funds Committed $1.25 Million to Improve Graduation and Employment Opportunities for 900 Detroit Public Schools Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program

(City of Detroit—www.detroitmi.gov)

Mayor Mike Duggan announced on January 15, 2015 that USA Funds has made a $1.25 million commitment to improving graduation and employment opportunities for Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students through the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates program. With this investment, up to 900 DPS students will receive instruction in job attainment and retention, leadership, and self-development paired with mentoring, academic support, and exposure to employers.

South Dakota Secretary of Education Melody Schopp Reported Jobs for America’s Graduates Reduces the Dropout Rate among Native American Populations!

By Jackelyn Severin, January 16, 2015, SD Public Broadcasting

South Dakota’s Secretary of Education says overall South Dakota students are doing well but there are few areas that could improve. The Department of Education provided a plan to lawmakers outlining 4 major goals to help students become ready for college and the workforce when they leave K-12.

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