Chairman and Vice Chair highlighted the critical ingredients that
have sustained the success of JAG for the past decades in which
we served over 300,000 young people.
Let me review the organizational accomplishments for the 2000-2001
· The JAG Board of Directors developed
consensus among national and state leaders for the 2001-2005
Strategic Plan that calls for a dramatic increase in the number
of youth to be served annually -from 70,000 to 150,000.
· Nearly $50 million of investments
have been committed to the work of the organization at the national,
state and local level. This includes commitments from 20 state legislatures,
50 Workforce Investment Boards, hundreds of schools, corporate and
individual donors, and a dozen governmental programs.
· Over 13,000 employers provide
JAG's young people with work-based learning experiences, initial
work experience and career advance opportunities.
· The JAG National Curriculum
modules were completed with competency-based modules providing activity-based
training for more than 800 hours. The curriculum modules were designed
and based on the unique needs of JAG youth and their specialists.
· JAG conducted staff development
and training opportunities, including the largest National
Training Seminar in our history that involved 650 staff and
management in three days of general sessions, best practices workshops,
and networking opportunities for JAG's local and state affiliates.
Certification workshops were well attended prior to the annual NTS
including 27 new or recently promoted managers and supervisors in
the annual Management Development Institute.
· The arrival of JAG's first federal
earmark grant, based on an appropriation by the United
States Congress. The $740,000 will be used to invest in "one
time only" infrastructure building activities for the three
program applications of our model, the development of additional
staff training materials and the development of a web-based National
Data Management System
to replace the existing NDMS
that has served the organization the past seven years with an Internet-based
· The ability to raise the funds necessary
to finance the annual budget of the national organization.
I would like to give a special thanks
to Governors Racicot
for their relentless efforts to assure that every Governor knows
about JAG in words of passion and personal experience. They have
taken the time this year, as in previous years, to tell the JAG
story to each Governor personally. Further, they have worked with
many Governors and state legislatures across the country to assure
adequate financing of statewide programs.
After 20 years of experience in operating youth serving programs,
JAG works because of the people who lead, manage and carry out the
commitments to our young people. JAG works because it knows that
the bottom line is that we must be successful because each young
person entrusts their future in JAG.
This 20th Anniversary is time to look back
with great appreciation and thanks for those at the national, state
and local level who had confidence when JAG was "just a good
idea." It is also a time to look ahead and commit ourselves
to the 2001-2005 Strategic Plan. I have no doubt that we can achieve
our strategic goals because we are building on a foundation consisting
of 20 years of learning, an impressive infrastructure, and hundreds
of loyal funding sources. By harnessing our assets and renewing
our commitment, we will have no difficulty in serving more young
people who want and deserve success (academically, personally, and