Unlocking Success: The Impact of JAG Career Association's Student-Led Program of Work Activities 

September 27, 2023

In a time of rapidly evolving job markets and the ever-increasing importance of a well-rounded education, initiatives that foster student engagement, leadership development, and career readiness have become critical.  

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG) leads the way for high school students seeking guidance and support to navigate the complexities of their academic journey and beyond. 

The heart of the JAG program lies in its student-led Career Association (CA) through their Program of Work activities. These 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. Through a diverse range of activities focused on leadership development, career readiness, civic engagement, community service, and social service, JAG students are equipped with the skills and experiences necessary to thrive in both their academic and personal lives. 

Increasing Student Engagement 

One of the standout benefits of the JAG Program of Work activities is the remarkable increase in student engagement. By actively participating in the planning and execution of these activities, students become deeply invested in their own education. They take pride in their initiatives, fostering a sense of belonging and connection to their school communities. 

This heightened engagement is reflected in improved attendance rates. When students feel that their contributions matter and that they are part of something meaningful, they are more likely to attend school regularly. The sense of purpose instilled by the Program of Work activities encourages students to be present, thus reducing absenteeism. 

Boosting GPA Rates 

Another impressive outcome of JAG CA's student-led activities is the increase in GPA rates. As students engage in leadership development and career readiness activities, they gain essential skills and insights that directly translate into improved academic performance. These activities often involve guidance and mentorship by their JAG Coordinator, and real-world experiences, all of which contribute to a deeper understanding of their coursework. 

Furthermore, students who feel connected to their school and community are more likely to invest time and effort in their studies. As a result, they not only attend school more regularly but also apply themselves more diligently to their academic pursuits, leading to higher GPAs. 

Raising Graduation Rates 

Perhaps the most significant impact of the JAG CA's Program of Work activities can be seen in the increased graduation rates among program participants. The combination of heightened student engagement and improved academic performance sets the stage for more students to successfully complete their high school education. 

Students who actively participate in leadership development and career readiness activities are better prepared to make informed decisions about their future. They are equipped with the skills necessary to navigate post-secondary education or enter the workforce confidently. This translates into higher graduation rates, as more students graduate with a clear vision of their path forward. 

Fostering Holistic Development 

The beauty of the JAG CA's Program of Work activities lies not only in their impact on attendance, GPA rates, and graduation rates but also in their ability to foster holistic development. By engaging in civic engagement, community service, and social service initiatives, students become well-rounded individuals who are not only academically prepared but also socially conscious and community oriented. 

These activities instill a sense of responsibility and empathy in students, qualities that are invaluable in today's interconnected world. They also provide students with hands-on experiences through employer partnerships and funder support, giving them a taste of the real world and a head start in their chosen career paths. 

The Jobs for Arizona's Graduates (JAG) Career Association's student-led Program of Work activities are a testament to the power of investing in the potential of high school students. By actively involving students in leadership development, career readiness, civic engagement, community service, and social service initiatives, the program not only increases student engagement but also positively impacts attendance rates, GPA rates, and graduation rates among participants. 

Moreover, JAG students are not just academically prepared; they are well-rounded individuals who are equipped to make meaningful contributions to their communities and excel in their chosen careers. This program serves as a model for empowering students to take control of their education and future, ensuring that they are not just graduates but successful, engaged, and responsible citizens. In an ever-changing world, initiatives like JAG CA's Program of Work activities provide students with the skills and experiences they need to thrive and lead, setting them on a path toward lifelong success. 

Jobs for Arizona's Graduates is expanding, you can have JAG on your campus or community as early as Spring 2024! For more information or to schedule a meeting with our team today, please email us at info@jagaz.org or call 602-908-9263.

Nicole Porter
Director of Marketing & Communications
AZ Tax Credit Funds
(602) 216-9503 I info@jagaz.org
10201 S. 51st Street, Ste 125, Phoenix, AZ 85044
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