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[GOV] Governor Pence Congratulates Indiana JAG Student on Representing Indiana at National Leadership Awards Ceremony
Start Date: 11/12/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/12/2014
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Indianapolis – In Fort Wayne today, Governor Mike Pence met with Heritage Jr./Sr. High School senior and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) student Malik Williams who will represent the Hoosier State in Washington, D.C., as JAG National celebrates the induction of one million students in the 35-year history of the national organization. Williams will attend the JAG 2014 National Leadership Awards luncheon on Thursday, November 20.

“Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates program is highly renowned and growing, expected to serve more than 6,000 young people by the end of this year,” said Governor Pence, who serves as Vice Chair of the JAG National Board of Directors. “Malik Williams epitomizes what the JAG program aims to achieve for all of its students—success in the classroom, involvement in the community, and the confidence to go far in life. I applaud his work, as well as that of the JAG students across our state and nation, and look forward to his future accomplishments in the years to come.” 

Williams, of Monroeville, was selected by JAG Indiana in coordination with regional partners to serve as Indiana’s representative. He serves as President of the Heritage JAG Career Association and is also a Twenty-First Century Scholar, a member of the Heritage Student Newspaper, the Heritage Gridiron Student Spirit Club, and the Heritage Bowling Team. He has volunteered at the Community Harvest Food Bank, the Northeast Indiana Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Fort Wayne Salvation Army, and the Fort Wayne Fort 4 Fitness event. 

JAG Indiana is a multi-year dropout prevention program funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development designed to keep at-risk high school juniors and seniors in school through graduation and to provide work-based learning experiences to prepare them for post-secondary education or to enter the workforce. JAG students receive adult mentoring while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation. Over the past eight years, Hoosier JAG students have achieved a graduation rate of approximately 90 percent, and 77 percent of students have gone on to post-secondary education and training, a full-time job, or into a military career. In that eight year period, JAG has grown from 12 programs to 116 throughout Indiana. 

In 2013, Governor Pence signed into law a state budget which included $12 million over two years to fund JAG-Indiana, effectively doubling the size of the dropout prevention program. Indiana’s JAG program is now the largest in the nation, and, earlier this year, Hoosier JAG students were awarded more than $10.3 million in scholarship funds, the most in the nation.  

For information about Indiana’s JAG program, visit

Location Information:
Allen County
Contact Information:
Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
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