JAG-A-Palooza

It's JAG-A-PALOOZA season!
October 12, 2021

Every year, students plan, prepare and host their own awareness event called the JAG-A-Palooza. Their hope is to raise awareness about their JAG Program on their school campus or community and improve understanding of JAG’s impact amongst their peers, teachers, administrators and community leaders.

Every JAG-A-PALOOZA is unique to the students each year as they decide on their engagement activities called the Program of Work and design the event to share about their experiences. Once the students plan out their event, they produce interactive stations, create visual displays highlighting the various components of their program and some develop digital media to share across social media platforms. During the JAG-A-Palooza event, the school's student, teachers, admin/staff and community partners are invited in to view each station and interact with the students. This interaction gives others an opportunity to see JAG students in a positive leadership role displaying their professional qualities and skills that they may not see often. The goal for attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the JAG program and to learn more about the experiences JAG students gain throughout the year.

The areas highlighted at the event include;

  • Leadership Development includes student officer structure, student conferences, Career Development Conference, Legislative Day, etc.;
  • Career Development includes guest speakers, partnerships, job shadows, field trips, and more;
  • Service Learning includes community service activities and volunteerism;
  • Social Awareness deepens relationships;
  • Academic Achievement which highlights the academic support JAG provides as well as the achievements as a team;
  • Follow up, which is the support provided to graduates during a 12-month follow up phase – these include highlights for some of last year’s JAG graduates.

The pictures are from recent JAG-A-Palooza events at Peoria High School, West Point High School and Coronado High School.

Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates focuses on developing career pathways for youth, emphasizing post-secondary education, employment readiness and life-skills training. If you would like to volunteer with a JAG program near you, please sign up to volunteer HERE.

Connect with us! If you would like more information about JAG on your school campus or in your community, please visit www.jagaz.org or call us at 602-216-9503.

Author:
Nicole Porter
Communications Manager
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