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  2. Mission JOBS FOR AMERICA’S GRADUATES To deliver a unique set of in-school services to youth with barriers (including 12 months of post-graduation follow-up services) that result in graduation, employment and/or pursuit of a postsecondary education leading to a productive career. JAG Average: 91% Graduation

  3. OVERVIEW • Largest national demonstration of a school-based model for at-risk and disadvantaged youth leading to a high school diploma (or GED), employment and/or postsecondary education leading to a career. • The JAG MODEL has been highly successful for over two decades in delivering dropout prevention, dropout recovery and school-to-career transition services to targeted youth.

  4. SUMMARY • In 2000-01, JAG served 70,000 in- and out-of-school youth in over 1,000 high schools and vocational centers in 28 states. • JAG operates through state and local affiliates committed to the JAG Model and exceeding JAG performance standards.

  5. RESULTS After two decades of serving 300,000 young people: • A 91% overall graduation/GED completion rate. • An 82% overall success rate (participants on the job, in the military, or enrolled in postsecondary education or training). • A 31% improvement in employment compared to similar young people. • An average range of $1,300 - $1,800 per participant. • Full-time employed graduates more than repay the cost of participation in the program in 14 months in taxes paid.

  6. PROGRAM APPLICATIONS 30 to 60 Months 21 Months # of Months Varies Multi-Year Program Application Senior ProgramApplication Out-of-School/ Dropout Recovery Program Application

  7. PROGRAM COMPONENTS • Youth Selection • Group-Classroom-Contact • Knowledge & Skills Building • Barrier Reduction-Coaching • Student-Led Organization • Guidance & Counseling • Remediation-Basic Skills • GED or Graduation • Employment-Quality Job • Postsecondary Education • Productive Career Dropout Recovery Program

  8. KEY PROGRAM ELEMENTS • Mission driven and well-trained staff. • Highly motivational, student-led organization--JAG National Career Association • 37 core to 81 employability competencies validated by the business community • Competency-based curriculum with pre- and post-tests, integrated math and reading skills building, and highly interactive and motivational activities

  9. CURRICULUM COMPETENCY CATEGORIES • Career Development • Job Attainment • Job Survival • Basic Skills • Leadership & Self Development • Personal Skills • Life Survival Skills • Work Place Skills

  10. KEY PROGRAM ELEMENTS • Removes barriers to academic, personal and career success (absenteeism, GPA, attitude) • Electronic tracking of students served, services delivered, and outcomes achieved. Accountability! • Intensive employer marketing, job placement, and follow-up by JAG certified Specialists • A full 12 months of follow-up and support for those entering the workforce and/or pursuing a postsecondary education


  12. NATIONAL NETWORK • Alabama • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Connecticut • Delaware • Florida • Georgia • Idaho • Illinois • Iowa • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Massachusetts • Minnesota • Mississippi • Montana • New Hampshire • New Mexico • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • Texas • Tennessee • Virginia • West Virginia • Wisconsin NSLC Delegates 2000


  14. NATIONAL LEADERSHIP • Governor Janet Napolitano (AZ) JAG Board Chair • Senator Thomas Carper (DE) Executive Committee Chair • Governor Bill Richardson (NM) • Ken Smith, President, JAG • Jim Koeninger, Ph.D., Executive VP, JAG

  15. JAG-NEW MEXICO • Funding Source: • Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act of 2006 • Non-Profit Collaborative: • New Mexico Business Roundtable • Participating Sites: Mora, Zuni, Bernalillo, Taos, Rio Rancho and Clovis

  16. JAG-NEW MEXICO • Each school employs a Job Specialist • Each school uses Advisory Committee to select students • 187 enrolled, in 2007-08; 127 in follow up

  17. JAG-NEW MEXICO Implement the JAG National Curriculum Modules Implement a student-led local chapter of the Career Association Implement the National Data Management System at the school level

  18. JAG-NEW MEXICO • Use the Career Association as an instructional tool • Conduct employer marketing and job development contacts • Provide counseling, coaching, remediation, and support to keep youth in school through graduation

  19. NEW MEXICO RESULTS 324 students 79% graduation for some of state’s hardest-to-serve youth 92% from Class of 2007 on the job, in military or in postsecondary education Low cost per participant of $1,103

  20. JAG-NEW MEXICO • 12-month follow-up graduates and non-graduates • Update records on a daily basis and export data quarterly • Participate in state & National Accreditation

  21. So where can I look to fund a JAG initiative at my school? • Operational Dollars – Do/can funds be re-directed to focus on this priority. What connection does it have on EPSS? • Title I Dollars – Do you implement a school-wide Title I program at your high school. Contact your Title I monitor at NMPED to see how this initiate can be integrated • Truancy Dollars – Does you school receive truancy dollars through the School and Family Support Bureau of the NMPED? Contac your Truancy monitor at NMPED to determine the possibility of supporting the initiative. • Carl D. Perkins Supplemental Funding – Basic Grant formula dollars can support the start-up of the initiative.

  22. Jobs for America’s Graduates-New Mexico Ph 505-867-6046 www.jag.org and www.nmbree.org

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