Jobs for America’s Graduates

Developing Leaders

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a state-affiliated program based on a national model, available to juniors and seniors in high school that teaches them resume building, career exploration, and creates available tools for students to explore different curricula. JAG’s mission is to keep young people in school through graduation and provide work-based learning experiences that will lead to career advancement opportunities, or to enroll in a postsecondary institution that leads to a rewarding career. In Marion County, there are fourteen high schools with eighteen programs, plus a College Success program at the Ivy Tech central campus.

The Marion County JAG program is unique in that it has ties to the Mayor’s office through Project Indy, is on the committee for the Congressman André Carson’s Youth Opportunity Fair, works closely with TeenWorks, partners with AT&T, and badges all students through the Job Ready Indy programLearn more about JAG successes on our blog.

Marion County’s JAG program has earned a 5/5 status the past four years and is recognized as a Gold Standard program nationally. JAG participants maintain better than a 90% graduation rate and over 80% positive outcomes (full time hours in post-secondary education or job).

“The JAG National Network will make a measurable difference in the outcomes of public education and workforce development systems at the national, state and local level.  We will strive to increase opportunity and reduce poverty and unemployment by fostering A Nation Without Dropouts.”

-JAG National Vision Statement

JAG Programs are located at the following high schools in Marion County:

  • Arsenal Tech
  • Beech Grove
  • Ben Davis
  • Crispus Attucks
  • Decatur Central
  • Decatur Township School for Excellence
  • George Washington
  • Indiana School for the Deaf
  • Indy Met
  • McKenzie Career Center
  • North Central
  • Shortridge
  • Southport
  • Warren Central
Seven 2018 IPS Valedictorians & Salutatorians members of JAG program

Seven 2018 IPS Valedictorians & Salutatorians members of JAG program

“The fact that I am actually one of the best in my class and I am going to be recognized for that, it’s surreal.” -Joi, Arlington

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