Jobs for America’s Graduates-Washington
Jobs for America's Graduates-Washington (JAG-WA) is a high school program dedicated to preventing dropouts, and to helping students prepare for success after high school, despite the barriers they must overcome. The JAG Model also requires 12 months of follow-up services for all participating high school seniors. The beauty of JAG-WA is that it provides students with positive mentors and reasons to stay in school. Those commitments result in increased academic achievement, and hope for a promising future with employment or further education.
JAG-WA is an affiliate of the Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) national program. JAG is entering its 40th year as a national non-profit, and has helped 1.3 million students to graduate from high school. JAG is on a mission to provide challenged youth with personal management and employability skills.
JAG uses a model that relies on data collection, which makes student achievement and barrier removal measurable. The Specialist is a dedicated staff person responsible for identifying students and their barriers, creating student profiles, and delivering a series of model services (instruction and interventions) which will assist in overcoming student barriers. In Washington, most Specialists are teachers, and they deliver JAG during a dedicated class period.
Washington's JAG program has evolved and transitioned since its launch in the 2010–11 school year. Over 7,000 students have participated in JAG-WA. Over the past four years, 95% of seniors enrolled in JAG-WA have graduated high school.