Jobs for America’s Graduates Announces Best Results in its History

> Jobs for America’s Graduates Announces Best Results in its History
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> Jackson, Miss. – Having recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, Jobs for America’s Graduates has announced that aggregate outcomes for class of 2015 students who participated in the program are the highest ever.
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> The results, calculated after twelve months of follow-up with students in more than 1,000 classrooms in 32 states, confirm the program’s ability to enhance academic and economic outcomes for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. Highlights include:
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> · Graduation rate: 94 percent
> · Positive outcomes rate: 82 percent (work, college or a combination of both)
> · Job placement rate: 61 percent (the highest in 20 years)
> · Full-time jobs rate: 73 percent (the highest in 20 years)
> · Full-time placement rate: 89 percent (the combination of work or college alone, or together, equal to a 40-hour weekly commitment of time)
> · Further education rate: 43 percent
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> “JAG convincingly demonstrates that we do know what it takes to help challenged youth succeed,” said Gov. Phil Bryant, who chairs JAG’s board of directors. “These results are why governors, state legislatures, school systems and leaders of the private sector are so committed to the program.”
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> JAG provides 12 months of intensive support after graduation to help ensure a successful transition to work, college, or – for about half the students – both.
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> Four bipartisan governors – two Republicans and two Democrats — lead JAG’s board of directors. In all, 11 governors serve on the board, more than any other nonprofit board in the nation. Board membership also includes national leaders such as former Michigan Gov. John Engler (president of the Business Roundtable), Stacey Stewart (U.S. president of the United Way Worldwide), Marc Morial (president of the National Urban League) and a dozen C-Suite executives of Fortune 500 companies.
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> “It is a remarkable fact that 5,000 employers across the nation hire JAG students every year,” Engler said. “They do so for the very best of business reasons. JAG’s young people come to work on time, are excited about their work, anxious to grow in their jobs and are all about customer service to and the success of their employers.”
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> Stewart said the “collective impacts” that JAG provides mirror the goals of the United Way.
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> “The success of these very disadvantaged and at-risk young people demonstrates that they are also young people of truly great promise. They are successful not only because of the extraordinary effort the staff and schools make, but also because of the coalescing of the schools and community around the JAG organization to help these young people succeed.”
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> JAG offers middle school, high school and out-of-school applications, as well as alternative school settings to serve high school dropouts and other disadvantaged populations. Twenty-three state legislatures invest in the program, as do dozens of other agencies, workforce boards, hundreds of schools and a broad range of private sector contributors and leaders who contribute time and financial resources.
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> For more information, please visit www.jag.org.
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