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Jobs for America’s Graduates announces some of the best results in its 41-year history

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), a national organization whose mission is to equip the nation’s youth with the skills and support needed to succeed in education, employment and life, announced the results of the JAG class of 2021 at nearly 1,400 locations in 39 states – among the best in its 41-year history.

JAG compiled the results after providing JAG high school graduates with 12-month follow-up support to help them transition into work, post-secondary education and/or the military. This follow-up support has been a hallmark of JAG and is one of the big keys to our success.

JAG Class of 2021 results include:

  • A close graduation rate 96% – (The national average for all 18-19 year olds is less than 84%.)
  • A close employment rate 65%and the full-time employment rate was nearly 83% – both the highest in JAG’s history.
  • unemployment of 6.25%, while the rate for all 18-19 year olds was 10.4% – around 40% lower.
  • JAG has increased its post-secondary education rate from 40.5% for the class of 2020 to a remarkable rate 46.55% for the class of 2021. For reference, national enrollment rates decreases from 10 to 15% for the second consecutive year, while ours increase nearly 15%.

For youth of color, pass rates for JAG students were significantly higher than their non-JAG counterparts in the same 18-19 age categories. JAG graduates with disabilities had similar pass rates.

Reflecting the value and impact of the JAG in their states, fourteen governors serve on the JAG’s bipartisan National Board of Directors (more governors than any other board in the nation). They are joined by a dozen senior Fortune 500 executives and national community, organizational and education leaders.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana, chairman of the JAG National Board of Directors, highlighted the results as “. some of the best results in the organization’s 41-year history – and most impressively, they came during one of the toughest school years the nation has ever seen. The results for the Class of 2021 after our 12 months of support were consistent with the results for the Class of 2020 and the over 40 years that JAG has been in business. In Louisiana, we are expanding the program further in light of these results. JAG-Louisiana is now in 165 schools. This program has had a positive effect on our state’s overall graduation rates and has helped young Louisianans take advantage of some of the extraordinary job and career opportunities that are now available in Louisiana. We need every one of our young people to join our economy.

JAG Vice Chairman Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa pointed out,“Over the past two years, JAG has delivered when it was needed most. In light of its extraordinary success, the program in Iowa is expanding significantly from its current 100 locations to 150 schools in the coming year, and we plan to grow another 300 to 350 in the years to come. come. With results like these in Iowa and across the country, it’s clear why this organization has enjoyed such bipartisan support throughout its four decades.

JAG’s high student employment rate, as well as its full-time employment rate, reflects the confidence that the 19,000 employers who work with JAG have in the preparation of its students. Students master 37 employability skills that enable them to meet or exceed the requirements that employers have reported to JAG as the most critical.

Employers hire high school students from JAG as well as students participating in its 120 after-school programs. After-school programs are aimed at high school dropouts and system-engaged young adults between the ages of 16 and 24, to help them achieve their employment goals and support those who must complete high school – and, if desired, acquire a skill for better quality work.

The JAG National Council has adopted an aggressive strategy – Youth Opportunities and Outcomes 2024 – with four priorities: 1) Invest in the JAG network; 2) Serve more young people; 3) Tell the story of the JAG; and 4) Increase results through improved services. Key goals include doubling the scale of the organization to meet the needs of youth and young adults across the country, while simultaneously improving services to include dual enrollment opportunities and ensuring credentials that “matter” in the communities where our students live, so they get better than entry-level employment upon leaving the program.

Based on the success of the program, JAG plans to add 200 new schools/youth and student cohorts to be part of the JAG organization during the school year beginning July 1, with growth additional scheduled for January 1.

For more information, contact Janelle Duray, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer: or Sam Amsterdam, Senior Vice President for Communications and Positioning:

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