Category: Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG)


Class of 2016, JAG’s Best Outcomes Ever!

Next week, experts in the fields of workforce development and education gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss issues around the continuing high levels of youth unemployment in the US. Attendees of the JAG National Thought Leader Event will join for a day of plenary sessions and keynote speakers which will be used to guide intensive working sessions to create recommendations for policy and programmatic solutions to youth unemployment for Urban and Rural areas across the country.

After 38 years of consistently achieving 90% high school graduation rates, Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) has been helping young people graduate from high school college-and-career ready with a plan for a brighter future.

JAG’s success is not only measured by graduation rates but is a continuous measurement of life-long skills learned from innovative programs, growing communities and partners, and dedicated mentors. For JAG’s class of 2016, they proved this point far beyond any other class, achieving the highest employment rate, as well as the highest positive outcomes rate (the number of JAG students finding jobs, joining the military, or going on to college) since 1990.

But it does not stop there. The class of 2016 can be named the best overall results ever across the 34-state National Network:

  • Graduation Rate: 95%
  • Employment Rate:  63% (Highest achieved in 26 years – more than double the normal rate for this population)
  • Positive Outcomes Rate: 84% (Highest achieved in 26 years)
  • Full-time Jobs Rate:  75% (More than tripling the rate for this population)
    Full-time Placement Rate:  90% (combined work and college commitments to equal full time)

As a national organization in 2016, JAG achieved the 5-of-5 JAG National Performance Award for the second consecutive year. These results come at a time when national higher education enrollment and full-time job rates are low and national unemployment is skyrocketing.

The results achieved are the best in JAG’s history, all while graduation and employment requirements become more demanding. Congratulations to everyone at Jobs for America’s Graduates for the great success and to the students who are going above and beyond.


JAG Finds Success for Opportunity Youth

By Kathleen McDonnell, Program Manager, Jobs for America’s Graduates


How do you define success? Reaching a goal? Breaking a record?

At Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), we define success as consistency. For the past 36 years, JAG has consistently achieved 90% graduation rates for one of the most challenged populations of students, those who face multiple barriers to high school graduation. This year, not only did JAG reach its graduation goal across our national network, but we also set a new record of achieving our “5 of 5” award for the first time on the national level. “5 of 5” is given to programs that reach high standards for graduation, post-graduation employment, and post-secondary educational enrollment. JAG has collected performance outcomes for our national network of affiliates at the close of each 12-month follow-up period (a full year after students graduate from high school) and, since 1981, the JAG model has ensured that high risk high school students receive the support needed to turn their academics and career pathways toward success.



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American Staffing Association Teams Up with JAG to Tackle Job Readiness

All through the month of February, the American Staffing Association (ASA) is celebrating “ASA Cares Month” by promoting corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives among its members, and encouraging others to get involved in similar socially responsible practices. As defined by ASA, CSR is targeted towards business practices that produce an overall positive effect on society. One such initiative is focused on the importance of developing high-quality workers ready to meet the demand of ASA members and their clients. Ensuring a properly trained and qualified future workforce is not only a social good, it is a business need!

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JAG 2015 Leadership Awards

Celebrating the achievements of young leaders is one of the pillars of the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program –- a high school dropout prevention and recovery initiative executed in schools across America. At the recent Annual National Leadership Awards, over 700 JAG students from across nearly 30 states, and over 200 friends and funders of JAG gathered in Washington, D.C. to recognize outstanding supporters and champions of the JAG program.

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Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant Opens the Leadership Awards Event

Mississippi Governor and current Chairman of JAG National Phil Bryant hosted the Annual National Leadership Awards Luncheon on December 3, 2015. In his opening remarks, Governor Bryant highlighted the event as the “largest single gathering in the history of Jobs for America’s Graduates – with 930 in attendance!” The governor paid a special recognition to the JAG specialists who work with students every day to develop employability skills and assist in exploring options around college and career choices after graduating from high school.

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