Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing dropouts among young people who have serious barriers to graduation and/or employment. In more than three decades of operation, JAG has delivered consistent, compelling results – helping over one million young people stay in school through graduation, pursue postsecondary education and secure quality entry-level jobs leading to career advancement opportunities.
Jobs for America’s Graduates Multi-Year programs:
- Project based learning, which is used to energize classroom sessions, anchor key learning, discover best practices and demonstrate the power of activity-based and adventure-based learning. Project-based learning activities enhance their transition which include: job shadowing, guest speakers from employers in the community, job interview role plays, employer/college/student choice related field trips.
- Teacher design community-based learning activities to encourage involvement and attachment to the community to emphasize citizenship and responsibility using the following techniques-service learning projects, volunteerism, fundraising, and job shadowing.
- Students become members of the JAG Career Association, a student-led chapter designed to develop, practice and refine critical skills delivered in the classroom. Chapter members elect officers, serve on committees, develop and execute a plan of work, participate in skills-based competitions and seek recognition for chapter projects and accomplishments.
- Teacher maintain contact with participants for a 12-month follow up period. Teacher is held accountable for their graduates to pursue postsecondary education, enter the workplace, and/or enlist and serve in the military.
JAG Performance Outcomes for Class of 2018:
- Graduation Rate: 96%
- Employment Rate: 65%
- Positive Outcomes Rate: 84%
- Full-time Jobs Rate: 78%
- Full-time Placement Rate: 91%
- Postsecondary Education Enrollment Rate: 40%
JAG Multi-Year Competencies:
CAREER DEVELOPMENT COMPETENCIES
- A.1 Identify occupational interests, aptitudes and abilities.
A.2 Relate interests, aptitudes and abilities to appropriate occupations.
A.3 Identify desired life style and relate to selected occupations.
A.4 Develop a career path for a selected occupation.
A.5 Select an immediate job goal.
A.6 Describe the conditions and specifications of the job goal.
JOB ATTAINMENT COMPETENCIES
- B.7 Construct a resume.
B.8 Conduct a job search.
B.9 Develop a letter of application.
B.10 Use the telephone to arrange an interview.
B.11 Complete application forms.
B.12 Complete employment tests.
B.13 Complete a job interview.
JOB SURVIVAL COMPETENCIES
- C.14 Demonstrate appropriate appearance.
C.15 Identify expectations that employers have of employees.
C.16 Identify problems of new employees.
C.17 Demonstrate time management.
C.18 Follow directions.
C.19 Practice effective human relations.
C.20 Appropriately resign from a job.
BASIC SKILLS COMPETENCIES
- D.21 Comprehend verbal communications.
D.22 Comprehend written communications.
D.23 Communicate in writing.
D.24 Communicate verbally.
D.25 Perform mathematical calculations.
LEADERSHIP AND SELF DEVELOPMENT COMPETENCIES
- E.26 Demonstrate team membership.
E.27 Demonstrate team leadership.
E.28 Deliver presentations to a group.
E.29 Compete successfully with peers.
E.30 Demonstrate commitment to an organization.
PERSONAL SKILLS COMPETENCIES
- F.31 Explain the types of maturity.
F.32 Identify a self-value system and how it affects life.
F.33 Base decisions on values and goals.
F.34 Identify process of decision-making.
F.35 Demonstrate ability to assume responsibility for actions and decisions.
F.36 Demonstrate a positive attitude.
F.37 Develop healthy self-concept for home, school and work.