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JAG Successes for At-Risk Youth Nationally Recognized
Start Date: 7/8/2015Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/8/2015
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Indianapolis – Governor Mike Pence today announced that Indiana’s Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) programs has been recognized among the most successful in the nation, achieving record graduation rates, placement and positive outcome rates for participating Indiana high school students and youth.  Eleven of 12 Indiana regions were rewarded with national “5 of 5” awards for their success, achieving the national program’s highest rankings for the first time.  A list of today’s winners can be found attached.

Indiana’s program has been expanded by Governor Mike Pence, with additional support from the Indiana General Assembly, and has grown to be the largest in the nation posting successful results for at-risk youth.  JAG is a state-based national non-profit organization dedicated to reconnecting at-risk students academically by helping them overcome barriers to graduation. Students receive adult mentoring from a JAG Specialist while in school and one year of follow-up counseling after graduation.  Indiana’s program graduates more than 90 percent of participants and many students choose to continue their education after high school. Photos from the March 2015 JAG Career Development Conference can be found attached.

“Congratulations to our students and Jobs for America’s Graduates teachers who serve as specialists for our kids in the program who have achieved remarkable accomplishments in their quest for graduation and success beyond their diplomas,” said Governor Mike Pence, who also serves as Vice Chair of the national JAG board. “Your dedication and commitment to personal success, regardless of obstacles, is inspirational to all Hoosiers as your journeys continue into real world opportunities.”

Awards were presented in Indianapolis today to the JAG specialists who lead outstanding programs, both in school and out of school, across the state.  The specialists gathered in Indianapolis to learn new techniques designed to continue their success in helping young Hoosiers graduate.  JAG’s annual awards and training seminar focuses on learning new teaching methods while recognizing specialists who were successful in increasing graduation rates and student participation in higher education. Last year’s seminar was so significant that it resulted in JAG Indiana being awarded the prestigious “5 of 5” statewide award for the first time this year.

Significant JAG achievements include:

  • The 2014 class achieved graduation rate of 93% the state’s JAG highest ever, followed for a one year period to include all students.
  • Eleven of twelve regions (92%) have achieved the prestigious “5 of 5 recognition, a nationwide designation that requires high marks in Graduation, Employment, Positive Outcome, Full Time Placement, and Full Time Employment categories.
  • This is the first time in JAG Indiana’s history that it has achieved a statewide “5 of 5” classification. Last year, only 12 other JAG statewide programs in the country achieved this mark.
  • “5 of 5” is the highest award bestowed upon any JAG program because it highlights the importance of graduating from high school and the one year follow-up to ensure the student is taking positive steps along their chosen career path.
  • The JAG class of 2015 has received more than $15 million in scholarships, which exceeds the $10.3 million JAG students received in 2014.

“Indiana’s JAG program is the largest in the nation, thanks to leadership from Gov. Pence and the support of the General Assembly,” said Steven J. Braun, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “The ‘5 of 5’ successes are possible because of our Specialists’ dedication and their ability to inspire young Hoosiers to reach their full potential.”

More than 13,000 students have participated in Indiana’s JAG program since 2006. Students are taught up to 88 competencies such as critical thinking, team leadership and effective communications skills that will increase their marketability to employers. The JAG program is the largest program in the nation and is funded through grants provided by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

If you would like to learn more about the Indiana JAG program visit


JAG National “5 of 5” Standards

Graduation- 90% of students graduate within the 12 month follow-up period

Employment- 60% of graduates are in employment, including military

Positive Outcome- 80% of the graduates obtained a positive outcome including employment, military and post-secondary education

Full-Time Placement- 80% of the employed graduates are in a full-time placement including full time employment (with or without post-secondary education), Military service, and part-time employment with post-secondary education

Full-Time Employment- 60% of the employed graduates are employed full-time (with or without post-secondary education), and military

11 of the 12 individual regions have met or exceeded the “5 of 5” standard

46 individual sites have met or exceeded the “5 of 5” standard

JAG Indiana



National Standard







Positive Outcome



Full-Time Placement



Full-Time Employment




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Name: Kara Brooks
Phone: 317-232-1622
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