JTG Superstar Specialists – Chana Lymon

JTG teachers are referred to as"Specialists" - but really, what we call them are Superstars. This fall, we are featuring all of our superstars from across the state of Tennessee to tell us what JTG means to them and the impact they have on the students that walk into their classrooms each year. This week, [...]

By |2018-09-26T16:13:11+00:00September 26th, 2018|Academics, Specialist Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

JTG Superstar Specialists – Daniel Smith

JTG teachers are called “Specialists” – but really, what we call them are Superstars. This fall, we are featuring all of our superstars from across the state of Tennessee to tell us what JTG means to them and the impact they have on the students that walk into their classrooms each year. This week our [...]

By |2018-10-29T21:34:12+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Specialist Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Their Own Words: Sarah Hafner, 2018 JTG Graduate

This summer, we are featuring stories by 2018 JTG graduates and offering them a chance to share the impact JTG has had on their lives. This week's guest writer is Sarah Hafner from Creek Wood High School.  Being in JTG has showed me that I honestly did not have a clue on how to do [...]

By |2018-06-08T19:01:40+00:00June 8th, 2018|Academics, College, In Their Own Words, Uncategorized|0 Comments

In Their Own Words: Nautica Dotson, 2018 JTG Graduate

This summer, we are featuring stories by 2018 JTG graduates and offering them a chance to share the impact JTG has had on their lives. This week's guest writer is Nautica Dotson from Creek Wood High School.  Starting out my senior year, I was worried I was not going to have a class that would [...]

By |2018-06-08T18:28:39+00:00June 8th, 2018|College, In Their Own Words, Planning, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Specialist Spotlight on Vickie Parsons

This month, we are featuring Fairview High School's JTG Specialist, Vickie Parsons, in our Specialist Spotlight. Vickie is known for fostering strong connections with her students, and she goes above and beyond to help her students succeed. One of her most notable yearly activities is helping her classes plan and prepare a full Thanksgiving lunch [...]

Stories of Hope: Emma Warzynski

Stories of Hope: Meet Emma Warzynski, a 2017 graduate from Stratford STEM Magnet High School. Originally from Canada, Emma faced a great deal of struggles assimilating into the American classroom, and she graduated as Salutatorian of her class. She  began Austin Peay University this fall to pursue a career in occupational therapy. “I have overcome [...]

By |2017-10-16T17:29:45+00:00October 5th, 2017|Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Did You Do This Summer?

Tez Rogers began his summer by winning a new car! Actually, the recent Mt. Pleasant High School graduate earned it through Maury County’s Strive to Drive contest.  “I couldn’t even think when they called my name,” Rogers told The Columbia Daily Herald.  Strive to Drive is an ongoing academic initiative for Maury County, which encourages [...]

By |2017-08-24T17:35:00+00:00August 24th, 2017|Academics, Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|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

Technically Speaking, These Places Rock

Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG) students come from all walks of life and some of those walks are longer than others.  A survey filled out by nearly 500 JTG students in the fall (it was optional and one could assume if home life was dire, one might not fill it out) of 2016 revealed: 53% [...]

By |2017-03-07T14:04:55+00:00March 7th, 2017|Academics, College, Uncategorized|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.