We are delighted to welcome Rachel Yanof to the Board of Directors at Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG). With a remarkable background in education and a passion for creating positive change, Rachel brings a wealth of experience and expertise to JAG.
Tolleson JAG Works Participant Rizky Watuna migrated to the U.S. from Namibia with her family while she was in middle school. Adopting another culture and home brought many hardships to overcome, but in her resilience, she found hope and a commitment to elevating success for youth like her who come from backgrounds of strength and sacrifice.
Last month, the JAG students at Peoria High School hosted a Community Resource and Hiring Event that made a lasting impression on everyone who was part of it. The success of the event was made possible by the concerted efforts of dedicated individuals, and it is with immense gratitude that we extend our thanks to everyone who played a role in its organization and execution.
Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG) has recently received a generous $400,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Youth, Faith, and Family (GOYFF) to expand our Career and College Readiness Program. This funding, allocated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Grant Program, is a significant step towards empowering Arizona's youth, specifically those aged 16-24 who may be disconnected from traditional educational paths or the workforce.
In the competitive landscape of Arizona's job market, high school students often face a significant challenge in translating their education into meaningful employment after graduation. JAG focuses on bridging the gap between academic learning and professional success. Join us this Giving Tuesday in supporting JAG's efforts to shape a more promising future for our state's aspiring workforce.
Monica Telles, a dedicated board member for Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG), has left an indelible mark in the realm of career development and youth empowerment. Her journey from high school aspirations to leadership in the energy industry is a testament to the transformative power of mentorship and the pursuit of dreams.
On September 21, 2023, a momentous change in leadership unfolded within the heart of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Hundreds of Tohono O’Odham tribal members, alongside representatives from the city of Tucson and Mexico, gathered to celebrate the inauguration of Chairman Verlon Jose and Vice Chairwoman Carla Johnson.
Jobs for Arizona's Graduates consistently increases student engagement, GPA rates, and graduation rates in high schools schools across the state. Career Association activities are designed to empower students to take ownership of their education and future, while simultaneously contributing positively to their high school campuses and communities. Read more.
The West Point High School JAG Alum, Semaj, joined the program in his junior year of high school to prepare for graduation and college. Now that he is a Class of 2023 graduate, Semaj worked with Nourish PHX over the summer before moving to NAU for his first year in the music program there.
Xavier Garcia first joined JAG in his junior year of high school through the community-based Tolleson JAG Works program. Through the program, he became more confident in himself and grew his public speaking and social skills. Now he is in his second year working for JAG, using his experiences as motivation to grow JAG’s impact.
When Tohono O’odham High School JAG Vice President and LEADS member Alena Antone first joined JAG in her junior year, she hoped to learn how to come out of her shell, identify a career path, and acquire more life experience through leadership and traveling. After graduating this past week, Alena reflects upon the ways she has grown and the dreams she now strives toward.