Jobs for Alabama's GraduatesJobs for Alabama's Graduates (JAG) is a school-to-career program for at-risk high school youth, using a national model called Jobs for America's Graduates. Currently, the model is offered in thirty states. JAG's mission is to keep young people in school-based and work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities or to enroll in a post-secondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. The program components include:
- Classroom instruction of 37-81 employability and life skills
- Adult mentoring, guidance/counseling and tutorial assistance
- Summer employment training
- Linkages to school and community-based services
- Advisement and support
- Student-led leadership development
- Job and post-secondary education placement services
- 12-month follow-up services
- Accountability system
The National JAG model uses five performance goals to measure the success of every state affiliate. Jobs for Alabama's Graduates was recognized this year as the highest achieving of all 30 states who offer JAG. Alabama's outcomes, as compared to the national goals, are as follows:
|Performance Goal||National Goal||AL Outcome|
|Total Job Placement & Military Service||60%||78%|
|Total Positive Outcomes||80%||95%|
|Total Full-time Placements||80%||93%|
|Total Full-time Jobs||60%||60%|
In addition to obtaining the national goals, 66% of all seniors enrolled in further education courses. Forty five percent (45%) of these students had one or both parents who never finished high school. All students served last year statewide averaged 6.5 at-risk barriers to graduation and/or meaningful jobs.
Community service is a strong focus of the program. Students collectively dedicated over 21,000 hours of community service projects last year. All program sites (100%) participated in the Points of Light & U.S. Today's "National Make a Difference Day" projects.
For more information visit www.jag.org or call Mandy Nichols, State Department of Education, at (334) 353-1545.