Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates (JAG) provides specialized support for students who are up against difficult barriers that limit them from reaching graduation and career goals. We pair students with a JAG Specialist who provides group and individualized instruction to help students earn their high school degree, secure a quality job, and/or pursue post-secondary education. Through early intervention including classroom instruction, counseling, employability skills development, and job placement services, our program has seen a 99% graduation rate and 95% full-time job placement rate.

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We Provide Educational Support and Success Strategies for Alabama’s Highest At-Risk Students

There are thousands of Alabama students who face stifling challenges on a daily basis. Homelessness, basic reading deficiency and incarcerated parents are just a few of the 33 barriers that JAG-eligible students battle that are restricting them from earning a high school degree and pursuing their career and educational goals.

  • Child of an incarcerated parent
  • Mother/father did not graduate from high school
  • Economically disadvantaged as defined by Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) or free lunch
  • Past record of excessive absences as verified by school officials
  • Lacks motivation or maturity to pursue education or career goals
  • Limited English proficiency

  • Basic skills deficient (reading and math in particular)
  • Homeless

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Helping Every Alabama Student Graduate with Opportunity

We Believe In Empowerment and Opportunity Through Education

The lifetime cost of one dropout to taxpayers is $292,000 and an incredible future potential that is unrealized. This is unacceptable. In the 2016-2017 school year, public and private partners provided $1.8 million in funding for JAG programs across Alabama helping 303 out of 308 JAG students reach graduation, secure a meaningful job, and get a strong start in life. That’s a return on investment of $96 million. We can do more for Alabama’s students and we invite you to help us make graduation a reality for every Alabama student.

Breaking Down Barriers To Success

We provide support for the students who are up against difficult barriers that limit them from reaching graduation and their career goals. We pair students with a JAG Specialist and 35-45 other students all striving towards the same goals: earning a high school degree, securing a quality, entry-level job, and/or pursuing post-secondary education. Our specialists provide individualized instruction to equip each student with the right tools needed to succeed for generations to come.

We Are a Team of Passionate Go-Getters

Educators raise our children as much as parents do. We have over 31 JAG Specialists who pour themselves into caring and investing in children they don’t even call their own. They are a committed group of leaders making a huge impact in their corner of Alabama.

We Don’t Rest On Our Laurels

We currently operate 27 programs serving over 1,000 students statewide, and there is so much room for growth. Yes, we surpass the national averages, and yes, we have a graduation success rate in the 98th percentile, but we fundamentally believe the best is yet to come…

Discover How JAG Has Helped High School Students Achieve Their Goals

Data-Driven Dropout Prevention

Surpassing National Averages Year After Year

Performance Goal

National Goal

Alabama JAG Results

Graduation Rate of JAG Participants


Total Job Placement & Military Service


Total Positive Outcomes


Total Full-Time Jobs


Further Education Rate


Statistics from the Class of 2020

Programs Designed to Increase Success

Explore the Programs That Lead to a 100% Graduation Rate


Senior Year

The JAG Senior Year Program concentrates on supporting high school seniors most susceptible to dropping out because they are facing 5 or more of the 33 Barriers to Success identified by JAG.


Meet the Educators Helping Lead Alabama

Meet the JAG Specialists

The Stories Behind The Data

Hear From the Students in our Programs

“When I joined JAG I had no idea that it would be such a great impact on my life. I’ve learned leadership skills, communication skills, and business skills. Mostly I learned to believe in myself, and that I am enough.”

– Tori Harrison, Covington County, Straughn High School

JAG Student Voices: Tori Harrison

When I joined JAG I had no idea that it would be such a great impact on my life. I've learned leadership skills, communication skills, and business skills.

JAG Student Voices: Kierra Hood

My name is Kiera Hood and I consider it a pleasure to share with you my thoughts on our JAG theme this year, “Stop the Drop”!


Together We Can Make a Huge Impact

Stories of Success

Fairfield High JAG President is Headed to Howard University

Fairfield High JAG President is Headed to Howard University Join us in congratulating Fairfield Jag President Ms. Conaway for this amazing achievement! "FAIRFIELD, Ala. — Fairfield High School teachers had priceless reactions when a senior student broke the news she had been accepted into Howard University. The heartwarming moments were captured on video. Check out the clip and learn more about this special student-teacher relationship" Click HERE for that video

Marshall County Technical School JAG Program Leads Diaper Drive

Marshall County Technical School JAG Program Leads Successful Diaper Drive! First Teacher Home Visiting Marshall County Home Visitation Program (MVP) along with the Marshall County Technical School JAG program had a very successful diaper drive on December 8, 2021. The JAG class of 2021-2022 and their advisor, Tanya Towns Lee, collected diapers, in all sizes, and wipes. The students received donations from friends, family, staff, and community grocery store drives. We are very thankful for all the help and support from Tanya Lee and her JAG students. These diapers and wipes will be distributed to families enrolled in the Marshall County Home Visitation Program (MVP).

Class of 2020 Receives 5 of 5 Award

Jobs for Alabama’s Students once again received the prestigious 5 of 5 Award.The recognition, bestowed by Jobs for America’s Graduates, recognizes the achievements and success of our Alabama JAG programs.Alabama surpassed the national goal in each of 5 key performance goals, including:-Graduation rate of JAG participants-Total civilian job placement and military service-Total full-time employment-Total full-time positive outcomes-Further education rate

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