Students compete for opportunity to advance to national competition in Washington, D.C.
More than 200 students representing 68 JAG-K programs traveled to Salina to participate in a two-day Leadership Development Conference. The conference featured competitions in Employability Skills, Math Skills, Project Based Learning, and Public Speaking.
Winners of the competitions, pictured below, will travel to Washington, D.C. to compete in the JAG National Student Leadership Academy (NSLA) in November.
Project Based Learning
1. Washington High School: Amiel Green, Tajanea Polk, Ja’Tai Matthews, Tyron Harris
2. Junction City Freshman Success Academy: Destiny Wilson, Sierra Garner
3. Augusta High School: Brandon Bond, Brittney Cairns
1. Cierra Wood – Great Bend High School
2. Meredith Queal – Pratt High School
3. Josie DeCoster – Turner High School
1. Jason Mitchiner Jr. – Topeka High School
2. Allen Roberts – Pratt High School
3. Jamie Aguirre – Wichita West High School
1. Tajanea Polk – Washington High School
2. Gabriel Smith – Lawrence Free State High School
3. Whitney Mayberry – Wichita North High School
2017-2018 State Career Association Officers were elected and will also travel to NSLA. Officers are President Linda Moyo of Newton High School; Vice President Tyrese DeLaCruz of Field Kindley High School; and Secretary Tyron Harris of Washington High School.
The conference was held at the National Guard Regional Training Site-Maintenance. Students were provided facilities tours and experienced simulators. In addition to competitions, students attended workshops and heard from Dr. Blake Flanders, President & CEO, Kansas Board of Regents and inspirational speaker Matt Bennett.
Greensburg, Kansas – (September 11, 2017) –Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) students from Kiowa County, Pratt, Stafford, Great Bend, Holcomb, Liberal and Stafford High Schools attended a career information assembly thanks to a contribution from Amerigroup Kansas. The event was hosted at Kiowa County High School in Greensburg, Kansas.
“JAG-K is excited about our continued partnership with Amerigroup Kansas,” said Chuck Knapp, President/CEO of JAG-K. “Giving students an opportunity to hear directly from healthcare professionals is highly beneficial for their career exploration process.”
Keynote speakers included Frank Clepper, Jr., President of Amerigroup Kansas and Kansas Senator Bud Estes, who serves on the Kansas Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee. Both keynote speakers are on the JAG-K Board of Directors.
“Students face a variety of challenges that impact their ability to graduate and gain employment. One barrier is that students don’t have role models to introduce them to careers in healthcare that can inspire them to develop the necessary job skills to enter the workforce,” said Frank Clepper, Amerigroup Kansas president. “Through our partnership with JAG-K, Amerigroup Kansas will work to assist students interested in careers in healthcare to make connections with and receive guidance from healthcare professionals. We want to make sure they have plenty of information about health careers in Kansas.”
Students also heard from a panel comprised of an Amerigroup Kansas provider relations and long term services and supports representatives as well as a registered nurse and licensed clinical social worker from the Iroquois Center for Human Development.
In 2016, through its Foundation, Amerigroup supported the Improving Health Care Delivery by Targeting the Next Generation of Kansas into Needed Health Care Fields program that JAG-K led at Schlagle and Harmon High Schools in Kansas City.
Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) announced that 30 of 43 eligible JAG-K programs earned the Jobs for America’s Graduates “5 of 5 Award” for 2016. The 5 of 5 Award is bestowed upon those JAG programs that meet or exceed the performance measures in five categories: graduation rate, successful outcomes, employment, post-secondary enrollment and job placement. JAG has a 12-month follow-up period with all seniors as part of its successful research based, data driven national model. JAG-K students had a graduation rate of 93 percent in 2016. The overall 4-year cohort graduation rate for Kansas graduates in 2016 was 86 percent.
“We are excited but not surprised that Kansas students are clearly benefitting from the JAG-K program,” said JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp. “The JAG model has proven that all students, regardless of barriers, can be successful leaders and reach their full potential. We continue to strive to reach a 100 percent graduation rate in JAG-K and look forward to working closely with our school partners in achieving this goal.
JAG-K is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that partners with students facing various barriers to success, helping them graduate high school and then on to a successful career path. JAG-K served more than 2,800 students in 2017 and will expand to 69 programs in 32 Kansas school districts in 2017-18, including new programs in Augusta, Great Bend and Shawnee Mission. Knapp indicated there is more demand for the program than available resources. Funding for the program primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
JAG-K is an affiliate of the national JAG program that operates in 35 states and territories. In addition to school districts, JAG-K partners with DCF and the Kansas State Department of Education. JAG-K also relies on private funds from contributors including AT&T, Archer Daniels Midland Company, John Deere and Amerigroup Foundation. Anyone interested in more information about JAG-K may visit the website at www.jagkansas.org.