City of Avondale Awards $10K to JAG’s Youth Leadership and Economic Empowerment Programming

The grant award will support JAG’s high school programs in Avondale for the 22-23 School Year.
September 27, 2022

City of Avondale awards $10,000 through the Contributions Assistance Program in support of Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates’ curriculum that is centered around project-based learning, trauma-informed care, and employer engagement

Since 1980, over 40,000 young people have received JAG services in Arizona and work in various industries and fields as leaders and changemakers. Every year, JAG serves over 1,000 students in more than 25 program sites located across the state in middle schools, high schools, and community centers. 

For the seventh year in a row, with this year being the largest amount awarded, the City of Avondale’s generous contribution will bolster our impact and ensure that we continue to be a part of the efforts to raise statewide high school graduation rates. Our programs at La Joya Community High School, West Point High School, and Westview High School will benefit from this grant award. 

City of Avondale’s Contributions Assistance Program award of $2,500 distributed last year had supported our Class of 2021 graduates from those JAG programs in Avondale. 

Class of 2021 Overall:

99% of JAG seniors graduated

68% of graduates were employed

88% of employed graduates were working full-time

54% of graduates were enrolled in or had completed a post-secondary education or training program

Overall, 89% of graduates were engaged full-time in employment, post-secondary education or a combination of the two! 

Our curriculum and events not only introduce transferable skills and experiences, they also support career exploration and professional development that are advantageous for our students/participants as they prepare for life beyond high school. Events such as the Student Leadership Development Conference, Legislative Day, Interviewing Skills, and Career Development Conference provide the opportunity for our students to apply their skills in employer/community-facing events as well as engage in civics, social awareness, and leadership development. 

Along with these opportunities for advancement before graduation, our dedicated coordinators serve as mentors, coaches, and advisors that ensure each student/participant has the resources and support they may need along their academic, personal, and professional paths. Our recent Coordinator Spotlights on Wendy Paez Gonzales of Coronado HS and Michelle Gonzales of Coolidge HS give a more in-depth look into the importance of our coordinators’ mentorship for students/participants. 

We are grateful for this generous grant from the City of Avondale that will support our efforts in community empowerment initiatives and securing employment opportunities for Avondale residents. 

Read student stories from our Avondale JAG programs at La Joya Community HS, West Point HS, and Westview HS:

Employer Partner Spotlight: Honeywell

Carolyn Warner Legacy Public Speaking Winner: Hazel Raymond

West Point JAG Senior Pursues His Career Through CTE

Legislators and Students Come Together at JAG’s Legislative Day

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