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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.


SP Spotlight: Maria Fabiano

  1. How did you connect with Strategic Partnerships?

I was interning at Jobs for Washington’s Graduates Foundation (JWG), the Washington-state affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Due to my past work with JWG and my plans to move to D.C. post-graduation, Leslie Schmitz, executive director of JWG, connected me with Janelle Duray, senior vice president of Strategic Partnerships.

  1. What is your role with Strategic Partnerships?

As the Client Relations Assistant for Strategic Partnerships, I assist Janelle in research and writing assignments related to client work, including drafting agendas, briefing materials, client follow-ups, and more.


  1. What drew you to joining SP?

Initially, it was the ability to stay connected to JAG and my passion for workforce development. After learning more about Strategic Partnerships, I was drawn to the opportunity to work with a range of clients and projects that encompass multiple industries and sectors. Plus, I enjoy having variety in my work and felt that was something SP excels at.


  1. What skillset or area of expertise are you most looking forward to utilizing and sharing with the SP team and clients?

I have a passion for listening to and helping people with their problems – it’s why I studied journalism and public policy. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with the SP team and clients, using my background in communications to help solve their problems.

Also, I’m more than happy to share my baked goods with the SP team!


  1. What prior role or professional achievement are you most proud of and want to make the SP community knows about?

I would say I’m most proud of the work I did with Leslie and JWG in the past year. I’m particularly proud of the work we did expanding the Employer Engagement Model, partnering with Washington companies such as Conduent, Nordstrom, and Port of Seattle to provide apprenticeship and employment opportunities to our JWG students.


  1. What was the most recent position you held prior to joining SP?

I just graduated in June with a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. During my second year of the program, I interned at Jobs for Washington’s Graduates Foundation, working on fundraising, development, and strategic communications for the nonprofit.


  1. Have you been working in the same career field or have you experienced a variety of professional fields?

I have worked in a variety of professional fields, mostly in the food service industry, before going back to school for an MPA.


  1. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Hmm, certainly not unusual as a job but I worked at a bakery for several years and during that time attended a culinary and pastry arts school.

Homemade Bagels

  1. What are three words you would use to describe your personality?

Curious, funny, and compassionate.


  1. If you could go back 10 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself and why?

I would tell myself to not stress the small stuff in life and to focus on setting aside time for exercise and spending time with family and friends.

  1. What do typical weekends look like for you?

Typically, I like to spend my weekends in the kitchen baking and cooking. I’m going through a big bread making phase right now; I’ve baked homemade bagels every week for a month straight. I’m also a big reader and traveler, which I’m looking forward to having a lot more time for on the weekends now that I’m done with graduate school!




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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