partnerships are an essential component of the JAG Model. Businesses
provide JAG and its affiliates with access to expertise and resources
that are critical to preparing JAG youth for successful careers.
HOW BUSINESS PARTNERS SUPPORT JAG
Serve on Local
Business Councils. Most local JAG programs have established
a business council that provides guidance and, in some cases,
oversees the operations of the program to help JAG Specialists
achieve program goals. Employers who serve on the business councils
provide valuable guidance to JAG Specialists on local labor demands,
employer interests, and employer relations.
Business councils also provide access to employer contacts for
classroom training, student leadership conference activities,
job placements, and community recognition activities.
Assistance. JAG and its local affiliates depend upon the
generous financial support of JAG Business Partners to achieve
program goals. To supplement limited public resources, local affiliates
must rely upon the private sector for approximately 20 percent
of their total operation costs.
Services and Resources. One of the most significant ways
a company can support JAG is through in-kind contributions, including
time commitments of executives and employees. Examples of in-kind
contributions from JAG Business Partners include sponsoring student
conferences, printing certificates, and paying travel costs for
students to attend JAG's annual National Leadership Award event.
In addition, local affiliates rely upon Business Partners to serve
as student mentors, to conduct training workshops on employability
skills, to serve as judges at student conferences, and to provide
career exploratory opportunities such as job shadowing and site
to Quality Jobs. Finally, JAG Business Partners help local
affiliates achieve their program goals by providing JAG graduates
with access to quality jobs, either directly or through contacts
with other employers.
BUSINESS PARTNER BENEFITS
As an active JAG Business Partner, your company can take
credit for state and local increases in graduation rates, improvements
in employment rates for the most at-risk youth, and reductions
in dropout and juvenile delinquency rates.
Employees of JAG Business Partners who actively support
JAG programs receive a high degree of personal satisfaction from
helping young people successfully make the transition from school
to the workforce, especially when these young people were never
expected to complete their high school education. Moreover, experience
shows that active involvement in JAG Business Partnerships positively
influences the morale and productivity of a Business Partner's
Access to Qualified
Entry-Level Workers. As a JAG Business Partner, your company
will have access to a pool of motivated, job-ready workers. Prior
to referring graduates to your company, JAG Specialists prescreen
students to ensure they have basic academic and employability
skills required for entry-level jobs, saving costs associated
with interviewing applicants.
Each graduate placed by your company receives sustained support
from a JAG Specialist for a one-year period after the student's
graduation. In coordination with employers, Specialists ensure
that students receive additional employability skills training,
counseling, tutoring, and other support when necessary to overcome
any deficiencies on the job.
How To Become a JAG Business Partner
If you are interested in learning more
about how to become a JAG Business Partner, please contact
Jobs for America's Graduates or call 972.691.4486.