The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

The best things in life aren’t things. They’re relationships. A young woman and her business relationship with a local TV anchor. A reunion between a non-profit president and co-worker of 36-years ago. Kathryn Lincoln is a self-professed Chatty Kathy. The 2014 Fairview High School graduate is known for engaging her Starbucks costumers in West Nashville. [...]

By |2019-04-15T19:01:04+00:00April 15th, 2019|Academics, Life Lessons|0 Comments

Barriers Know No Boundaries

Friday Pizza gathering at my sister's house was a good night for ma. Watching your parents grow old is such a blessing and privilege.  We laugh and tease each other.  They boast about knowing more about what I was up to as a teenager than they let on, and I counter with stories [...]

By |2017-03-14T21:40:54+00:00March 14th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cheese come with that Whine?

Pretty much sums up my day, minus the tie. Today is not one of my better days, as we all have them, right?  Computer woes and unexpected tasks put before me.  Not a good combination.  Please give me a pass on today's blog entry.  I'm getting on a plane (isn't really "in a [...]

By |2017-03-02T20:35:14+00:00March 2nd, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

At a (CMT) Crossroads

Bridgestone Arena Auxiliary HallFriday, February 24, 2017 I hope you all had a good weekend.  Lynley and I began ours Friday night with a chance to attend the CMT Crossroads taping of Darius Rucker and John Mellencamp.  A friend of ours at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce passed along an email that [...]

By |2017-02-27T17:39:05+00:00February 27th, 2017|Life Lessons, Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Lesson in True Friendship

There are days that JTG has me up early on the road visiting JTG programs around the state and this morning is one of those times.  I'm heading to Pulaski to visit Giles County High School.  When days like this crop up I feel comfortable revisiting blog entries in my Dwyerwire blog from my News-2 [...]

By |2017-02-22T22:23:49+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Life Lessons|0 Comments

DC Trip Leaves an Impression

Happy Monday!  Presidents' Day is kind of a weird holiday and that's just the debate over how to spell it!  Presidents, President's or Presidents'?  (I'm going with the plural possessive since it's general thought of a day to honor the 45 people who have served/are serving as Commander in Chief).  Can anyone connect dots between [...]

By |2017-02-20T15:28:20+00:00February 20th, 2017|Life Lessons|10 Comments

We’re Not in Linden Anymore

Remember your first time to Washington DC? You never looked at the back of a penny the same way again (remember a penny?). Lincoln Memorial November 11, 2016. Never gone?  It's a trip you will never forget. Thankfully because of JTG, several Perry County High School seniors won't either.  Jobs for America's Graduates [...]

By |2017-02-16T13:15:47+00:00February 16th, 2017|Life Lessons|6 Comments

Hoops Nightmare But Ends Well Years Later

2-13.  7-12.  2-19.  5-16. That's not some combination to a lock.  Those are the high school basketball records my four years.  16-60.  Just about any time we played on the road, it was "parents' night" or "senior night" because opponents were just about guaranteed a victory after their festivities.  If losing builds character, I have [...]

By |2017-02-08T17:53:08+00:00February 8th, 2017|Life Lessons|0 Comments

JTG on the Frontlines for Equality

Supporting and Empowering our Communities of Color

COVID-19 Update

JAG and JTG Statement in Response to COVID-19

 As we are all feeling, COVID-19 has shifted how the world operates in a way that is unprecedented for our generation, and Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG), one of 39 JAG state affiliates, are no exception. The impact of the coronavirus and the immediate danger it presents has closed our education system, directly affecting students and their families. This is especially detrimental to JTG students, who often look to their JTG Specialists and classmates for steadiness and security in their lives.

We also recognize that our students and their families are disproportionately affected by the closure of restaurants, stores, bars, and other service-industry places of work. These jobs often provide the entry-level opportunities our students need to enter the workforce. A difficult environment is likely to continue for some time, so we are in the process to reposition our training and support to make the best case for our JTG students to be considered for employment.

At a time when we must social distance ourselves to protect each other, the thousands of JTG students we serve need us more than ever.  We are responding to and encouraged by the requests from many JTG Specialists to access online learning modules and platforms provided by JAG educational partners like the Skills to Succeed Academy, EverFi, and Tallo. We are excited to see the interest in the JAG Genius and the use of virtual connectivity and the online sense of community – something we all need in these times.

Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) recognize we need to modify the way we provide support and deliver competencies to our students during this time of uncertainty. In response to the way business and education are adapting (in real time) to COVID-19,  JAG National is establishing new protocols and processes to ensure full, virtual engagement with our young people to ensure they have the competencies they need to meet the very competitive job market ahead. That is why JAG is providing the immediate recommendations below that are of highest priority, which impact the day-to-day lives of our students and Specialists. Like our world right now, please know that these are in real-time and subject to change.

 

Moving forward, we will have ongoing recommendations that will be built into new practices that will serve as both short- and long-term solutions to continue JAG’s data-driven model. This will help us remain accountable to our students, our partners, funders, and each other.