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We serve the students often overlooked. 

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.

Jobs for Alabama's Graduates (JAG) engages students in those difficult circumstances and prevents them from dropping out of high school by equipping them with academic, professional, and leadership skills. Through our 360-degree approach, JAG has seen a 98.38% graduation success rate of students who were once destined for dropping out.  

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 funded $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 a 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...

Data-Driven Dropout Prevention
Surpassing national averages year after year. 

Alabama JAG Statistics

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The Stories Behind The Data


Catlin Wright

JAG has taught me a lot about life and how it is not always easy and sweet. I never thought JAG would change my life as much as it has or how much Mrs. Lee would impact my life. JAG is family. JAG is home.

Kierra Hood

The JAG experience has given us the opportunity to discover who we are and what we have to offer the world. We're equipped with the kills to face, embrace, and overcome the challenges before us and truly believe the sky is the limit in terms of our success.

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. Mostly I learned to believe in myself, and that I am enough.


Every child needs a role model. JAG-eligible students need a support system. Our specialists partner with students in some of the most difficult situations to invest their time and energy into ensuring they succeed. 


Different students have different needs. We create custom-built curricula for each student based on their barriers and challenges. Our team then provides individualized instruction and tools needed for success.


Graduation isn't the finish line. We help students secure a quality, entry-level job that can lead to a lasting career and/or pursue a postsecondary education. For a full year, graduates have regular champion check-ins to maintain a healthy and helpful support system post-graduation. 

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