Key Education Transitions

Workplace- and College-Ready: JAG Class of 2015

Pat Roe, USA FundsBy Pat Roe, Vice President, Philanthropy, USA Funds

The results are in, and they show that Jobs for America’s Graduates is successfully guiding at-risk students to work and postsecondary training.

A 12-month follow-up look at the JAG class of 2015 nationwide shows the strongest results in the organization’s more than 30 years of serving at-risk and disadvantaged students. Nearly all participants graduated from high school, and pursued college or a career — or both.

The chart below tells the story.

jagclass2015-chart

The 2015 class includes students from more than 1,000 classrooms in 32 states.

USA Funds® sponsors JAG, a state-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate from high school prepared to pursue postsecondary education or training or obtain employment. The JAG model includes:

  • Classroom instruction.
  • Employability skills training.
  • Mentoring.
  • Career guidance and support.
  • Summer employment assistance.
  • Student-led leadership development.
  • Job and postsecondary education placement services.
  • Twelve months of intensive follow-up after high school graduation.
As a high school senior in Delaware, KaSaundra Kane, right, from the JAG class of 2015, received support from JAG staff including Randy Holmes.
As a high school senior in Delaware, KaSaundra Kane, right, from the JAG class of 2015, received support from JAG staff including Randy Holmes.

To help expand JAG programs, USA Funds has awarded the following grants:

  • $1.25 million to expand Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates, to serve more than 1,000 students in the Detroit Public Schools.
  • $1.25 million to expand JAG Nevada to 23 additional sites, serving 1,100 students in Clark County, Nev. (Las Vegas).
  • $300,000 to expand JAG to every high school in Delaware.
  • $750,000 to expand current JAG programs in Missouri statewide.
  • $350,000 to expand JAG programs in Montana to 10 additional high schools serving large populations of Native American students.

JAG aligns with USA Funds’ guiding principle of Completion With a Purpose® by connecting at-risk youth to work experience — enhancing students’ success in postsecondary education or training and subsequent careers.

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