The JAG Multi-Year Model
The components of the model include a JAG employment skills class in which students receive elective credit and a minimum of 120 contact hours per year with their JAG Specialist. The class teaches 87 workplace readiness competencies, which includes 37 core competencies that include career path formation, setting job goals, résumés, letters of application, phone etiquette, job applications, verbal/written communications, math, teamwork, leadership and personal & workplace values & ethics.
The JAG Specialist is not only a teacher and club sponsor, but a mentor, advocate and friend who takes a personal interest in the success of each student. JAG Specialists engage students and parents to raise attendance, raise grades, pass proficiencies and make up credits in order to graduate.
Students in the JAG class automatically become members of the Career Association. The Career Association is critical for engaging students in their education, building confidence and increasing leadership skills. Many JAG students enter the program with low grades and multiple barriers to success. When they begin to participate in the Career Association, they are motivated to work hard for a brighter future.
The 12 month follow-up component of the program is critical to student success and distinguishes JAG Nevada from other models that target similar populations. This element of the program ensures that Program Specialists are able to continue their work with students for 12 months after leaving high school. The program’s successful outcomes are attributed to this follow up.
Students who finish high school receive help transitioning to higher education, the military, employment or a combination of these. They may receive supportive services (e.g., work clothes, tools, books) to achieve their desired goal. Specialists work with students that did not graduate on time to make sure that they complete the High School Equivalency for the state and to move toward their career goals.
- 90% will graduate from high school or complete high school equivalency within 12 months of leaving high school
- 80% of graduates will achieve positive outcomes (employment, postsecondary enrollment, full time military)
- 60% of participants will be employed in a full time or part time job within 12 months of graduation
- 60% of participants will be engaged in full time employment
- 80% of graduates will be in full time placement (includes full-time employment, part time employment, postsecondary education or the military)