The Quarterly Newsletter of Jobs for America's Graduates-Kansas
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Read a Message from Chuck Knapp, President/CEO
JAG-K Day at the Capitol
The Cover Photo features State Career Association Officers. Back Row (left to right) Vice President Tyrese DeLaCruz, JAG-K President/CEO Chuck Knapp, JAG-K Vice President Program Development Bev Mortimer, Secretary Antonio Cooper. Front Row (left t(o right) President Linda Moyo and Governor Jeff Colyer.
More than 225 Kansas high school students representing Jobs for America’s Graduates-Kansas (JAG-K) programs recently traveled to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse. Students had the opportunity to meet and interact with legislators and receive Capitol tours.
“We wanted to come to the Capitol and get tours, but we also wanted to come and promote JAG-K and tell our legislators how good of a program it is in our school, said Megan Londeen, Southwest Regional JAG-K President. "I think that 100 percent of students could benefit from being in JAG-K.”
JAG-K was recognized at 10 a.m., on the Kansas House of Representatives floor, and at 2 p.m., on the Kansas Senate floor.
JAG-K Pilots Foster Care Program
JAG-K, in partnership with the Kansas State Department of Education, DCF, Wichita USD 259 and others, is implementing a multi-phase pilot project to help increase successful outcomes for Kansas students in foster care.
The JAG-K Success Academy has a dedicated Career Specialist assigned to students in foster care. The students are enrolled in a few core education classes on-line, allowing them to continue in their core education classes regardless of their next school placement. The student spends most of their academic day enrolled in the local public school for elective classes and extra-curricular activities. If the student is
placed outside the current location, the JAG-K Success Academy Career Specialist Seaman High School JAG-K students at the Kansas State Capitol
will still be responsible for advocating for the student, ensuring s/he is keeping up with grades, etc.
JAG-K Success Story
by Samantha Silva, JAG-K Career Specialist
Rae’Chel truly is a success story. This is her second year participating and she has been the most involved and enthusiastic student in her JAG-K program. To say she has overcome significant obstacles would be an understatement. She doesn’t like to talk about it, but life has not always been easy for this young lady. Having grown up in a family that struggled financially and personally felt the impact of local charities and programs, Rae’Chel is eager to give back. She is always the first to propose community service projects for our Career Association. Not only has she grown into a leader in the classroom, but she will be the first person in her family to attend college. Despite her mother’s recent battle with cancer, Rae’Chel has stayed focused and has been accepted into Johnson County Community College. She will also attend the State Career Development Conference in April after placing 1st in the JAG-K Entrepreneurs Competition at the Regional CDC. It’s safe to say she is on a sure path to success.
JAG-K Hosts Regional Career Development Conferences
Competitions showcase students' competencies in interviewing, job preparedness, teamwork, communications, and leadership.
The Career Development Conference (CDC) is a one-day event that allows students the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the JAG-K classroom.
CDC events include Public Speaking, Employability Skills, Math Skills, Project Based Learning, Mapping My Future, and JAG-K Entrepreneurs. The competitions allow students the opportunity to showcase the skills they are learning in the competency-based curriculum of the JAG-K program. Each of the six regions will host a CDC this year with the top finishers in each event from the Regional Conferences advancing to compete at the State Career Development Conference on April 18 at Emporia State University.
The Northeast Region was first of six regional events, hosted in the new Business Building on campus at Kansas State University. Kiana Chandler, Topeka High School, placed second in Employability Skills. Her goal for the state competition is, "to have fun and win."
Results and photos from Regional CDC competitions are posted on the News & Events page of our website at www.jagkansas.org/news--events
Funding for JAG-K primarily comes from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) dollars, administered by the Kansas Department for Children and Families. JAG-K also relies on private fund from contributors including AT&T, John Deere Foundation, Aetna Foundation, and Amerigroup Foundation.
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.