"I heard about Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) and I thought it would be really helpful because I was so lost about college and career. I was scared and knew I needed help, and I knew that JAG would help me." JAG participant Emma Gentry
Welcome to season three, episode one of A Passion to Serve! I was fortunate enough to speak with Telamon-TRC employees Kalyn Miller and Julie Flint about their work administering the JAG program in the state of Indiana. What made this session even more interesting was the opportunity to speak with three current JAG participants: Emma Gentry, Shelby Gosser and Janice Rivera.
Jobs for America's Graduates, or JAG, is a school-to-career program implemented in high schools, alternative schools, community colleges, and middle schools across the United States and the United Kingdom.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn about what it takes to effectively administer and provide services to JAG participants as well as listen to the impact it has had on the lives of these three high school students. From field trips to one-on-one mentoring as well as the camaraderie experienced by JAG cohorts, I left the interview feeling reinvigorated and inspired.
Questions to consider and comment on:
1. What impressed you most about the podcast episode?
2. I am in the early stages of exploring how JAG can be implemented in Michigan for farmworkers. Do you think JAG can be an effective tool for the farmworkers we serve?
3. What other questions do you have about the JAG program?
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