WE SERVE THE STUDENTS OFTEN OVERLOOKED
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.
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.
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 60 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 42 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 41 programs serving over 1,600 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 99th 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
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 2021
Programs Designed to Increase Success
Explore the Programs That Lead to a 100% Graduation Rate
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.
The JAG Multi-Year Program lasts up to 60 months and includes over 700 hours of professional JAG specialist support.
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
Phil Campbell High School’s Trunk-or-Treat was the Biggest Yet
Phil Campbell High School held its annual Trunk or Treat Oct. 28, and organizers have said it was the biggest yet.The high school students host the event for the elementary students. Ting King, JAG career specialist and SADD sponsor for the high school, organized this year’s event, along with help from her students and others in the school and community. King said she believes Libby Devaney started the tradition in 2017 or 2018. “We filled right at 50 spaces,” explained King. “This was my first year to organize it,” she added, noting she had a lot of help along the way. “My students and I put a lot of thought into making this the biggest event to date. We decided it was a great opportunity for us to make it a community event.“The bright smiles on the faces of the children made all the hard work totally worth it."She said
Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates Receives Prestigious 5 of 5 Award.
Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates 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
Highland Home’s JAG Program Celebrates Successes
Highland Home’s JAG Program Celebrates Successes Highland Home School hosted an installation and Induction ceremony for the school’s chapter of Jobs for America’s Graduates on Oct. 17 and invited members of the community to attend. Leslie Flowers, a JAG specialist, and JAG students used the ceremony as an opportunity to celebrate their progress. “Through JAG, we are changing the lives of these talented students, students that are going to change the world,” Flowers said. “Their hard work has built this program. This is a big step for us and our community as we are building a reputation that HHS JAG is producing work-ready and college-ready young adults” The 2022 national average for high school graduation was 84%. The graduation rate for Alabama JAG students was 100%, a statistic Flowers is proud to achieve. “These numbers show that we have 16 more high school graduates per 100 compared to the rest