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LS R-7 joins Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program with Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson

At the December 2018 Board of Education meeting, the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District formally joined the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program in Missouri. JAG is a 35-year-old non-profit and employment program dedicated to helping at-risk young people to graduate from high school and make successful transitions to postsecondary education and meaningful employment. JAG is a voluntary in-school program that counts as a high school elective. It focuses on a set of core competencies that prepare students to succeed in the workforce.

Using this approach, JAG has consistently achieved graduation rates of 90+ percent for this group of students, which typically has a 50 percent graduation rate. JAG currently serves nearly 50,000 students in 1,000 communities in 31 states, including Missouri. In the fall of 2014, JAG celebrated the one-millionth student to enroll in the program since its inception.

JAG-Missouri is offered in cooperation with the Missouri Community College Association. Missouri is the only one of the 31 JAG states to be organized with a community college association. This partnership provides multiple points of intersection to benefit students, employers and the school systems of Missouri. A statewide advisory board is being developed to guide, advise and advocate for JAG-Missouri. The JAG model focuses on classroom instruction, employability skills, mentoring, student leadership, advice, support and accountability.

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson serve as co-chairs on the Jobs for America’s Graduates-Missouri, Inc. (JAG-Missouri) Board of Directors. Together they’re highlighting the importance of education to the next generation of leaders as well as financial literacy and money management. More information can be found at http://www.jag.org. This program will be offered at Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit West High School and Summit Ridge Academy.

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