By 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.
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.
- 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.
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.