Grant supporting Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates will empower students through academic support and job-readiness skills. 

Governor Ivey joined Alabama JAG in MONTGOMERY, Alabama on Monday, Sept. 19, 2023 – to be present as The Regions Foundation, a nonprofit funded primarily by Regions Bank, presented Alabama JAG with a check for $15,000 to support Jobs for Alabama’s Graduates (JAG) and students across Alabama preparing to enter the workforce.

“The Regions Foundation is committed to funding programs that provide hope and opportunity, helping people overcome barriers and achieve success,” said Marta Self, executive director of the Regions Foundation. “JAG is empowering students by addressing challenges and equipping them for brighter futures. The Regions Foundation is honored to support this work because we see the impact JAG is making by helping the students of today prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.”

The Regions Foundation grant will support JAG’s Youth Workforce Development program, including the 2024 JAG State Career Development Conference. Grant funding will help offset the cost for nearly 1,000 students across Alabama to attend the state conference in Birmingham, where they will be able to participate in leadership and career workshops, academic competitions and more.

Additionally, Regions Foundation funding will expand access for students in the Youth Development program offering academic support, career development, job-readiness training, job-shadowing opportunities, mentoring, and one-on-one coaching from JAG specialists. JAG works with employers, community organizations, and other stakeholders across Alabama to help students secure opportunities such as internships, apprenticeships, full-time jobs and more. The state’s JAG program is managed by the Alabama State Department of Education.

JAG Alabama currently operates 47 programs across the state and serves over 1,600 students. In 2022, the Alabama program had a 99% graduation rate of students in the program. JAG is thrilled for the continued support of the Governor and the growing partnership with Regions Bank.