Jobs for America’s Graduates is a national program with a more than 30-year track record of success in helping at-risk students graduate from high school prepared to pursue postsecondary education or training or obtain employment. In 2012, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval implemented the program in his state, and it currently serves 21 schools in 8 counties across Nevada.
USA Funds® has awarded a $1.25 million grant to expand the program to 23 additional sites, serving 1,100 students in Clark County (Las Vegas) during the next three years.
The JAG model includes classroom instruction, employability skills, mentoring, career guidance and support, summer employment training, student-led leadership development, job and postsecondary education placement services, as well as 12 months of follow-up services following graduation. The model boasts an average success rate of 91 percent of its participants having received a high school diploma or GED, and nearly 80 percent of JAG participants pursuing postsecondary education or training, employed or in military service following graduation from high school.
The program aligns with USA Funds’ focus on postsecondary Completion With a Purpose by helping students facing significant barriers to high school graduation complete a critical first step on the path to and through postsecondary education and on to rewarding careers and fulfilling lives.